The most frequent questions I get lately are usually related to how did I know to get my hormones tested and what am I doing for treatment.
I eat well, I exercise regularly, I don't consume alcohol often and I make it a point to get 7 hours of sleep. I still felt like crap, I was retaining water and I was emotional. All of these "symptoms" are your body yelling at you.
Saying HELLO SOMETHING IS WRONG.
I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism based on my blood work. If you want to test and see if you have a thyroid disorder consider asking your doctor to run these labs.
TSH- measures how hard the pituitary is working
Free T4- measures if the thyroid gland is working
Free T3- checks if T4 is being converted to T3 so your body can use it.
Reverse T3- measures how much T4 is being converted into T3
Anti-TPO & TgAb-checks to see if your immune system is attacking your thyroid and may indicate an autoimmune disorder.
Vitamin D- you need enough of this for thyroid function
B Vitamins- thyroid regulator
Sex Hormones- if irregular can affect T4
Cortisol- stress can cause thyroid disorders
I always suggest that clients have their blood work done. To insure you are not fighting yourself. Getting your hormones balanced should be first priority. If it comes back normal with nothing wrong, GREAT. Now you know, that if you put in the work that you should be able to get healthy!