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How Functional Medicine Can Naturally Address Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

Woman cutting vegetablesA common autoimmune disease characterized by fatigue, weight gain, sensitivity to cold temperatures, memory problems, and more, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis primarily affects the thyroid gland, leading to various symptoms that can impact a person’s quality of life. Other symptoms include dry skin and hair, muscle and joint pain, constipation, depression, and irregular menstrual cycles.

In autoimmune diseases, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the immune system targets the thyroid gland, causing chronic inflammation and leading to a decrease in thyroid hormone production. This results in hypothyroidism, where the thyroid does not produce enough hormones for the body’s needs.

While conventional medicine can provide essential treatments to address the condition, many people are seeking a drug-free way to improve their quality of life and not just manage their symptoms.

Getting to the Root

Functional medicine is an approach that aims to uncover the root causes of a patient’s health issues rather than just treating the symptoms. Our highly experienced FM practitioners take a comprehensive approach to address the underlying factors contributing to the autoimmune response and thyroid dysfunction. Care with us includes:

  • Personalized Care Plans – Our doctors recognize that each patient is unique. They assess individual medical histories, genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors to create customized treatment plans tailored to the patient’s needs.
  • Identifying Triggers – We will work to identify triggers contributing to Hashimoto’s. These include food sensitivities, gut imbalances, chronic stress, and environmental toxins. By addressing these triggers, they aim to reduce inflammation and autoimmune responses.
  • Nutritional Support – Diet plays a crucial role in managing Hashimoto’s. Our doctors emphasize nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diets that support thyroid function and overall health. They may recommend dietary changes, supplementation, and even specific diets such as the autoimmune protocol (AIP).
  • Balancing Hormones – The FM doctors at our practice consider the whole endocrine system, not just the thyroid. They assess and address hormone imbalances, such as cortisol and insulin, which can exacerbate Hashimoto’s symptoms.
  • Lifestyle Modifications – Stress management, regular exercise, and quality sleep are critical components of managing Hashimoto’s. Our FM practitioners provide guidance on incorporating these lifestyle changes to reduce inflammation and support the immune system.

Get on the Healing Path Today

If you or a loved one are living with Hashimoto’s, give our practice a call today and book an appointment for functional medicine in O’Fallon. We not only want to restore your health but your quality of life as well!
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