Thyroid issues can come with a number of uncomfortable and sometimes scary symptoms such as heart palpitations, weak and trembling muscles, an inability to concentrate or focus, and intolerance to either heat (overactive thyroid) or cold (underactive thyroid).
While conventional treatment methods typically mean taking prescription medications or even sometimes having surgery to ease these types of symptoms, the reality is that functional medicine takes a less invasive and possibly even more effective approach. Dr. Bill Kroner has years of experience treating Yakima, WA patients with natural, functional medicine approaches to thyroid issues.
For instance, some studies have found that low selenium levels are associated with thyroid disease. Therefore, eating more selenium-rich foods such as Brazil nuts, garlic, raisins, shellfish, and wheat germ can help promote healthful thyroid function.
Another huge factor in your thyroid's ability to function effectively is stress. In other words, the more you worry about things and let them get to you without taking the time to decompress, the more likely you are to have thyroid issues. This makes finding a way to relieve negative emotions related to work, family, and home imperative to a healthy thyroid gland.
In the end, you can either treat the symptoms or the disease. Functional medicine prefers the latter approach.
If you suffer from thyroid problems, Dr. Bill Kroner can help. Give us a call at our Yakima, WA office at (509) 972-4000 to see if we can help you.
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