Get to Know Your Thyroid

It may look like a little pink butterfly, but this powerful gland does a lot for your body.

The thyroid is one of the master glands of your body – “master” in that it controls a number of different processes:

  • detoxification
  • hormonal feedback/progesterone levels
  • regulation of metabolism and metabolic rate
  • mineral balance
  • energy production
  • fatty-acid metabolism.


Thyroid imbalances can manifest in a number of wide-ranging symptoms:

  • dry skin, hair, nails
  • fatigue
  • weight gain or weight loss
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • sinus or throat complaints
  • dizziness
  • cold extremities
  • irregular menstruation (women)
  • joint and muscle pain
  • hoarse voice
  • bulging eyes
  • mental dullness/brain fog
  • low libido
  • insomnia

80% of cases of thyroid imbalances are undetected by conventional blood tests – the BEST way to assess thyroid function is through observation and reaction to treatment.

It is important to get your thyroid checked by Dr. Sheehan, because studies have found that thyroid imbalances (and specifically low thyroid function) are associated with heart disease, infertility, depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis.

A lot of time, impaired thyroid function is a compensation for adrenal burnout – they back each other up. Therefore, it is important to take care of yourself to reduce the physical stress upon your body. However, mental and emotional stressors can also burn out the adrenals – so it’s important to take the time to relax and participate in stress-reducing activities such as walking, yoga, and meditation.

Foods that Heal the Thyroid

Sea salt, highly refined vegetable oils, kelp / sea veggies

Foods that Harm the Thyroid

Chlorinated tap water, soy, refined carbs, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup

Dr. Keith Sheehan is a Chiropractor and Holistic Practitioner practicing at 1301 East King Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sheehan has had 15 years experience helping his clients with a wide variety of physical and biochemical conditions, using an individually tailored wellness approach and natural therapies. His clients appreciate his caring and direct approach his helpful, knowledgeable staff. To schedule a nutritional or chiropractic assessment, or for more information, please contact Dr. Sheehan at (717) 392-6606.

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