Thyroid hormone is an incredibly powerful force in your body. Every cell in your body has a receptor site for thyroid hormone. 27 million Americans suffer from thyroid related illnesses, with the majority being women.

What exactly is the Thyroid gland, and what does it do?

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland that is located on the front part of the neck. It is responsible for producing thyroid hormone and is very sensitive to any changes within the body. When you hear metabolism, think of the thyroid. This means that it is in charge of gaining and losing weight. When our thyroid is under functioning it causes our metabolism to slow which leaves us with excess weight that won’t come off.

My Dr. says that my lab tests look fine, why do I still feel the same way I did before I started taking medicine?

The story commonly goes like this: You have a thyroid lab marker out of the “normal” range. The conventional medical model is to prescribe a thyroid replacing hormone.
Synthroid (a prescription thyroid hormone) is the 4th most commonly prescribed drug in the United States. The goal in prescribing the drug is to get the lab numbers back in the acceptable range. If symptoms persist after your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) level is normal, then additional drugs are prescribed to address the symptoms. The problem with this is that treating the isolated lab marker such as TSH does not get to the CAUSE of your thyroid dysfunction. Chances are you symptoms improved for a short time but you are back to feeling the same even though your labs are “fine”.

What is causing my thyroid to be underactive?

There are a number of potential causes for you poor thyroid function. These include: a weak immune system, gut infections, blood sugar imbalances, adrenal issues, and hormone imbalances.

I’ve never heard of Hashimoto’s disease…..

Hashimoto’s disease is responsible for 90% of hypothyroidism cases in the United States. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune disorder, which means that your body’s immune system is attacking your own tissue and cells. There is no model in conventional medicine to manage Hashimoto’s disease. Sadly, this means that if you have hypothyroidism there is 90% chance that you are not being treated properly. You are most likely on a thyroid replacement medication while your thyroid continues to lose function.

The Bottom Line…

There is no one size fits all approach when it comes to supporting your thyroid correctly. Every individual requires a different protocol based on their current functional lab findings and symptoms. Your thyroid dysfunction needs to be addressed as well as the root cause. You need guidance in getting your health on track so that you can have a life filled with energy! Log on to to schedule your FREE consultation with a health and nutrition expert about how to thoroughly evaluate your thyroid function to get your health and energy to the level you deserve!

Author's Bio: 

Crystal Shores has had such success in returning people to health because this is her passion. She does this by influencing a person’s body systems to work together, instead of manipulating just one aspect of their biochemistry. The whole body approach is what separates Crystal apart from other health care practitioners. She takes the necessary steps to evaluate what is truly happening in a person’s body, and designs a nutrition program based on their bodily function, and not a diagnosis.

While graduating at the top of her class Summa Cum Laude and completing a competitive Dietetic Internship, she followed her dream of being a business owner which gives her the opportunity successfully impact the lives of others as a Registered Dietitian. After her internship, she was introduced to Functional Medicine, and knew this was how she would realize her dream. She and her husband started what is known today as Dynamic Balance, which utilizes proven nutritional principles along with the cutting edge science of Functional Medicine to facilitate proper function within the human body.
Crystal is a dynamic and inspirational woman who has spent years educating herself and others on what true health is, and how to achieve it. She has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to make the necessary changes in a person’s life, because she has done it herself. She spent the majority of her 20’s having fun and chasing happiness through external means only to end up realizing that true joy comes from within. This realization came from experiencing pain and fear that no outside force could remove. The time came when she had to make the choice of what direction she wanted her life to take. When she stood at this fork in the road, she made the decision to go back to school to receive her second bachelor’s degree, in Dietetics. This ultimately led her to feed and nurture her body back to a healthy state. It is with this passion and dedication that she serves her clients to lead them to enjoy the health they deserve.

The road to health and well being is not always an easy one and it requires guidance and support. If it were easy, we would all be healthy. She hopes to guide others in achieving health from the inside out.