Thyroid and Weight Loss

Concierge Family Medicine located in St. George, UT
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Thyroid and Weight Loss services offered in St. George, UT

Holistic Medicine offers a unique and comprehensive approach to thyroid treatment, focusing on identifying and addressing the root causes of thyroid disorders. This approach considers the entire body and its environment rather than just treating the symptoms.

Understanding Holistic Medicine in Thyroid Treatment

Holistic medicine views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided by medical specialties. In the case of thyroid disorders, this approach looks beyond the standard thyroid hormone levels and seeks to understand the underlying factors that could be impacting thyroid health.

Comprehensive Lab Work in Thyroid Treatment

Extensive lab work is essential to gain a complete understanding of a patient’s thyroid health. This often includes:

  • Thyroid Hormone Testing:
    • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
    • Free T4 (Thyroxine)
    • Free T3 (Triiodothyronine)
    • Reverse T3
  • Additional Tests for Comprehensive Analysis:
    • Thyroid antibody tests (to check for autoimmune thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease)
    • Complete blood count (CBC)
    • Lipid profile
    • Liver enzymes
    • Serum electrolytes
    • Vitamin D levels
    • Ferritin and iron levels (to assess iron storage)
    • Cortisol levels (to evaluate adrenal health)

A holistic approach to thyroid treatment also includes the following:

  • Dietary and Lifestyle Changes:
    • Identifying and eliminating foods that may trigger inflammation or autoimmune responses.
    • Incorporating a nutrient-rich diet that supports thyroid health.
    • Stress management techniques, as stress can adversely affect the thyroid.
  • Supplemental Support:
    • Using supplements to address deficiencies and support thyroid function, such as selenium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Personalized Treatment Plans:
    • Every patient receives a tailored treatment plan based on their unique lab results and health history.
    • Ongoing monitoring and adjustments to the treatment plan as needed.

By addressing the whole patient and not just the symptoms, holistic medicine aims to restore balance and optimize thyroid function, leading to better overall health and well-being.