Dr. Lockhart can help you restore and maintain your
Follow a balanced eating plan. The foods you eat have a profound impact on your thyroid gland. Keep your thyroid healthy and keep yourself free from fatigue by following a few simple guidelines:
• Avoid gluten.
• Eat adequate protein at every meal.
• Eat foods rich in selenium and iodine.
• Avoid foods containing soy, or eat soy only in moderation. Check food labels carefully, as soy derivatives are found in a number of foods we eat every day.
• When eating cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, turnips or brussels sprouts, always steam or cook them.
• Eliminate all "white processed food,” such as refined sugar, flour, rice, and grains. In most cases, if it comes in a box, it is not good for you.
Optimize your nutritional intake. Even the healthiest diet cannot supply the complete spectrum of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients needed for optimal thyroid balance. Take a full-spectrum, medical-grade multivitamin and mineral supplement that is tailored to support your thyroid gland every day.
Support your thyroid with nutritional supplements. Adaptogenic herbs work with the body to encourage adequate production and utilization of thyroid hormones. While many nutrients and herbs—including iodine, selenium, ashwagandha, bacopa and sage—help the body manage the adverse impact of fluctuations in thyroid hormones.
Do a mild exercise program. Every woman needs exercise to keep her body healthy. Finding a gentle exercise regimen can facilitate thyroid healing. But when you are fatigued and your thyroid hormones aren't balanced, be careful to not overdo the exercise. Like much diet, variety is key.
Keep a positive outlook. Keep an ongoing diary of positive, good things in your life. This should be an ongoing positive practice. Stress wreaks havoc on your adrenal health, and this in turn can have a negative impact on your thyroid health. Maximizing emotional wellness plays an important part in maintaining overall hormonal balance.
Practice decreasing your stress. Mild exercise, breathing exercises, Yoga, meditation, or conscious relaxation can all help you better manage the stress of life.
Review the questionnaire. Download a pdf, fill out and bring to your appointment.
Score yourself 0-5.
Score 0 not an issue
1 occasional issue
2 semi regular issue
3 frequent issue
4 constant problem
5 severe problem
__ Digestive issues
__ Unexplained weight gain
__ Brittle hair
__ Eyes feel dry or irritated
__ Swelling (face, tongue, extremity, etc)
__ Yeast infections
__ Hair loss
__ Some level of depression
__ Brittle nails
__ Eyes are sensitive to light
__ Low body temp
__ Shortness of Breath
__ Brain fog
__ Intermittent or constant constipation
__ Dry skin
__ I feel lightheaded or fuzzy
__ Joint & muscle pain
__ Low sex drive
Zero to 18 unlike a thyroid issue
19-28 mild decrease in thyroid function
29-36 moderate thyroid trouble
37 + severe thyroid problem.
Mild decrease in thyroid function
You are giving your body some support, but not the level of support it needs for healthy thyroid function. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to provide the extra support you need.
Moderate to severe thyroid dysfunction
If you are like most women with a similar total thyroid burden, your daily life is being affected by your symptoms and you are ready for a change. The good news is, changes in diet, nutritional support, gentle exercise and emotional wellness can rebalance your thyroid and reduce your symptoms.