Thyroid Specialist

BioLounge

Anti-Aging & Functional Medicine located in Portland, OR

Your thyroid is a vital part of many of your body’s basic functions, from your metabolism to your digestive function. The expert team at BioLounge in Portland, Oregon, knows that even the smallest imbalance in your thyroid hormones can have a detrimental effect on the way your body functions. To restore balance to your thyroid function, the team at BioLounge offers hormone therapy. Schedule an appointment with the team today by calling BioLounge or by booking a visit online now.

Thyroid Q & A

What is the thyroid?

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck that produces thyroid hormones. These hormones are crucial to some of your body’s most vital functions, including metabolism, energy levels, and even your ability to stay warm. Thyroid hormones regulate the way your body uses energy for your brain, muscles, heart, and other organs.

What causes thyroid dysfunction?

There are two main types of disorders that can affect your thyroid function, leading to uncomfortable symptoms like fatigue:

Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism means your thyroid produces too much of the thyroid hormone. If you have hyperthyroidism, you may experience:

  • Increased sweat
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Unintended weight loss
  • Brittle hair or nails
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shaking

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is more common than hyperthyroidism. It means you have low levels of the thyroid hormone. This can lead to:

  • Weight gain
  • Feeling cold
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Slow heart rate
  • Weakness

When left untreated, hypothyroidism may also lead to memory problems and, in rare cases, coma.

What is thyroid hormone replacement therapy?

Thyroid hormone replacement therapy increases the thyroid hormones that your body no longer produces through supplements if you have hypothyroidism. The team can determine the dosage for you to replace your lost thyroid hormones.

Hormone replacement therapy is a personalized process that involves blood tests that check your levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).

How can I take care of my thyroid?

When managing the symptoms of thyroid disorders at home, it’s important to follow a healthy diet that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein, and colorful fruits and vegetables. You should limit your intake of foods loaded with saturated fat, such as red meat and junk food.

The BioLounge team can also recommend the right supplements to help fight fatigue, improve digestion, and reduce your stress levels.

In addition, BioLounge offers intravenous (IV) therapy to deliver vitamins and minerals directly into your bloodstream for optimal effects. A B-12 shot can help increase your energy levels while superfoods and supernutrients can reduce digestive problems.

To schedule an appointment with the BioLounge team, call the office, or book a visit online today.

*Individual results may vary.