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synthroid overdose: signs you are taking too much thyroid medication

Synthroid Overdose: Signs you are Taking Too Much Thyroid Medication

Are you concerned that your dose of Synthroid is too high? That may be the case, especially if you are experiencing symptoms such as hair loss, heart palpitations, and heat intolerance.  The good news is that Synthroid overdose can be easily treated by simply reducing your dose.  This article will outline the major side effects associated with taking …

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is synthroid gluten free?

Is Synthroid Gluten-Free?

Are you actively trying to avoid gluten-containing foods? Do you also have hypothyroidism? If so, then this article is perfect for you.  I’m going to jump the gun and tell you that Synthroid is indeed gluten-free, but it may contain other ingredients that can cause issues.  We are going to discuss the gluten content of the thyroid medication …

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Thyroid deiodinase: How D1, D2 and D3 impact thyroid function

Thyroid Deiodinase: How D1, D2 & D3 Enzymes Impact Thyroid Function

Thyroid deiodinase enzymes serve to manage thyroid hormone at every level of metabolism.  Even more important is the fact that these enzymes can become dysregulated by everyday common medical conditions.  Understanding the importance of these enzymes is critical to understanding how to further treatment, especially if you are taking thyroid medication such as levothyroxine or Synthroid.  This post …

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High TSH normal T4: What does it mean?

High TSH Normal T4: What Does it Mean? + Other Thyroid Lab Patterns Explained

Are you experiencing a high TSH but normal T4? Are you confused about interpreting these values? Is your Doctor telling you that your tests are normal even though you are experiencing abnormal symptoms? This article will help shed light on this thyroid lab pattern and help you understand what it means.  You’ll learn more about the symptoms associated with …

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Is NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) the best thyroid medication_

Is NDT (Natural Desiccated Thyroid) the Best Thyroid Medication?

Natural desiccated thyroid is a thyroid medication that comes from pigs!

This medication contains a more "complete" profile of thyroid hormones when compared to almost all synthetic thyroid medications out there. 

This has lead many people to tout NDT as the "best" thyroid medication. 

In this article, we are going to explore this claim while also discussing the pros and cons of this medication. 

You'll learn who should use this medication, who should avoid it and the pitfalls of using it

Let's dive in: 

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T4 to T3 conversion: factors that decrease thyroid function

T4 to T3 Conversion: Factors That Decrease Thyroid Function

This is lesson #5 in the thyroid beginner series. 

As you know, this series is designed to help you understand the most basic concepts about thyroid function so you can be a better advocate for your own health

Today is all about T4 to T3 conversion. 

This is the process by which your body creates and activates thyroid hormone. 

It's important because there are steps that you can take to actively enhance this conversion process and help reduce (or improve) your symptoms. 

Let's jump in: 

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T3 basics the test, the medication, the hormone

(Thyroid Beginner Series #4) T3 Basics: The Test, The Medication, The Hormone

This is lesson #4 in my thyroid beginner series and today it's all about the hormone T3.

The last lesson we discussed the value of T4, how it is produced, what it does and how it influences your body. 

We're going to do the same thing in this lesson but discuss the other (more active) thyroid hormone: 

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Causes, symptoms and treatment of Low T4

Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Low T4 (Natural + Conventional)

Have you been diagnosed with low T4 through lab testing? Are you also experiencing symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain, depression or hair loss? If so, then you may be suffering from low T4 or hypothyroidism.  This post will teach you what you need to know about T4 testing including the symptoms associated with low T4, what causes …

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Thyroxine Guide: Hormone, deficiency, testing and more

Thyroxine Hormone Guide: Function, Testing, Deficiency & More

Thyroxine is a major player in thyroid hormone balance in your body.  But, why if this hormone is so important, do most physicians ignore this test (or simply fail to order it)? Why do physicians focus solely on the TSH instead of free thyroid hormones? Learn more about Thyroxine including how to test for deficiency, the importance of …

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T3 and T4 Thyroid hormone guide

T3 and T4 Hormone Guide: What they Mean, Optimal Levels & More

T3 and T4 play a critical role in maintaining thyroid function.  Perhaps more important is that they are often ignored by conventional physicians despite being easily available through routine blood testing.  Learn the importance of T3 and T4 including how to interpret your lab values, how these hormones function in your body, and how to optimize treatment …

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