Natural Thyroid Hormone Optimization Specialist

Taylor Family Practice

Natural Hormone Therapy & Comprehensive Family Medicine located in Humble, TX

Thyroid hormones are essential to life processes, as they control your growth and metabolism. If you aren’t producing sufficient levels of thyroid hormones, your body slows down, and you become lethargic and unable to utilize your energy reserves. Jill Taylor, DO, of Taylor Family Practice in Humble, Texas, is an expert in treating thyroid hormone disorders, providing effective natural thyroid hormone optimization treatment for her patients. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of hypothyroidism, make an appointment to see Dr. Taylor by calling the clinic today or booking online.

Natural Thyroid Hormone Optimization Q & A

What is the thyroid gland?

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ in the neck that governs the body's metabolism and growth through the production of thyroid hormones. These hormones control your body's metabolic rate and the way cells produce and utilize energy.

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is the medical term for low thyroid gland function or low thyroid hormone action in the cells. If you have hypothyroidism, you may experience some or all of these symptoms and health issues:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Cold extremities and cold intolerance
  • Decreased mental sharpness (brain fog)
  • Slow speech
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Sluggish bowel function
  • Fluid retention
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain (fibromyalgia)
  • Joint pain
  • Tiredness even after a full night's sleep
  • Tingling and/or numbness in extremities
  • Hoarseness
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Miscarriages
  • Infertility
  • Recurrent yeast vaginitis
  • Allergic disorders
  • Recurrent infections
  • Decreased sweating
  • The three Ps: pallor, pastiness, and puffiness
  • Enlarged tongue with teeth indentations
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow pulse rate
  • Low basal body temperature
  • Enlarged thyroid gland
  • Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides

What are the causes of hypothyroidism?

Reduction in the production and utilization of thyroid hormones can be caused by:

  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Autoimmune thyroiditis, or Hashimoto's disease
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Certain prescription drugs including Dilantin, lithium, and beta blockers
  • Pituitary gland dysfunction

Like all the endocrine glands, the thyroid gland produces lower levels of hormones as part of the aging process, causing an increase in symptoms as people get older.

How does natural thyroid hormone optimization help with hypothyroidism?

Although the symptoms of functional hypothyroidism are diverse, virtually all will improve or resolve following treatment with natural thyroid. Natural thyroid hormones are obtained from pigs. They contain the same thyroid hormone molecules (T3 and T4) that your body produces, as well as nutrients from the thyroid gland.

Synthetic drugs and counterfeit hormones are not as effective as their bioidentical counterparts. Many synthetic drugs and counterfeit hormones have the potential to cause serious side effects, so Dr. Taylor recommends and prescribes biologically identical natural thyroid hormones for her patients. For a comprehensive assessment of your thyroid function, call Taylor Family Practice today or book an appointment online.