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Can Thyroid Problems Cause Weight Gain


Thyroid Problems have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, affecting millions of people worldwide. Traditional medicine often focuses on managing symptoms rather than addressing the underlying causes.


However, a functional health approach seeks to uncover the root causes of thyroid dysfunction. In this article, we will explore the various factors that can contribute to thyroid problems from a functional health perspective.


Before diving into the root causes of thyroid issues, it’s crucial to understand the thyroid’s role in the body. The thyroid gland in the neck plays a pivotal role in regulating metabolism, energy production, and overall health. When the thyroid malfunctions, it can lead to a range of symptoms, including fatigue, weight changes, mood swings, and more.


Thyroid issues often go undiagnosed, because many of the symptoms are overlooked, chalked up to the normal aging process, or the product of overstressed lifestyles.

In our practice, we see this: patients come in with vague symptoms: weight gain, tired and achy all over, that does not seem too serious. But when you put them all together, they tell an important story.


I remember the story of one of our patients, a 37-year-old female, who was tired all the time, bloated and constipated, and experiencing weight gain. Her primary care physician did not investigate past her annual exam. Our customized blood testing revealed a sluggish thyroid, low iron, and hormonal imbalances. In our care, she was able to improve her metabolic system, and digestion and lose 20 lbs, and now has the energy to not only thrive at work but enjoy being able to hike with her husband. Repeat testing showed her thyroid markers had improved by 24% putting her not only in the normal range but the optimal range!


Finding the root cause of your thyroid issues allows us to develop a blueprint for your health, and create a customized care plan.


Common Causes of Thyroid Issues


Nutritional Deficiencies:

One of the fundamental factors contributing to thyroid dysfunction is nutritional deficiencies. Nutrients such as iodine, selenium, zinc, and vitamin D. Lack of these vital nutrients impairs the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones properly. Functional health providers emphasize the importance of a balanced diet to support thyroid health.


Chronic Stress:

Chronic stress can wreak havoc on the body, including the thyroid. Prolonged stress increases the release of cortisol, a hormone that can interfere with thyroid function. Manding stress through techniques like meditation, yoga, and mindfulness is crucial for thyroid health.


Gut Health:

The gut and thyroid are closely interconnected. An unhealthy gut can lead to inflammation and autoimmune responses that can negatively affect thyroid function. We often recommend gut-healing protocols to address underlying issues.


Toxins and Environmental Factors:

Exposure to environmental toxins, such as heavy metals, pesticides, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, can disrupt thyroid function. Detoxification and reducing exposure to these toxins are essential steps in addressing thyroid issues.


Autoimmune Diseases:

Autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease are major contributors to thyroid dysfunction. These conditions occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland.


Genetic Predispostion

Genetic factors can also play a role in thyroid dysfunction. A family history of thyroid problems may increase the risk of developing similar issues. Although we can not change your genes, we can improve your environment to prevent developing your inherited issues.

If you have been struggling with weight gain, or digestion issues, or are tired and achy, do not let these symptoms go overlooked.


We are dedicated to uncovering the root cause of your health issues and providing personalized holistic solutions to help regain your health and vitality.


If you are ready to put your thyroid problems in the rearview mirror, call the office at (417) 598-0080 to schedule a FREE Thyroid consultation.


During our FREE Thyroid Relief consultation, we will assess your unique situation, review your medical history, and discuss your symptoms in detail.


By taking a holistic approach and addressing the root causes of your thyroid dysfunction, we can develop a tailored plan to help you achieve lasting relief and optimal thyroid health.


Don’t let thyroid problems control your life. Take the first step towards a healthier, happier you by scheduling your Free Consultation today.


Discover the transformation power of functional healthcare and regain control of your thyroid health.





This information should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.


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