Thyroid Problems Specialist

Integral Natural Medicine

Shaun LaChute, ND, BCB

Naturopathic Physician located in Bellevue, WA

The thyroid produces hormones that govern many critical functions in your body, including your metabolism. Your thyroid can become overactive or underactive, which may influence your energy levels. Both thyroid conditions may be managed with natural solutions that involve diet, lifestyle, and supplementary treatments. Come see Dr. Shaun “Skye” LaChute at Integral Natural Medicine in Bellevue, Washington, for expert guidance on how to treat your thyroid issues naturally.

Thyroid Problems Q & A

Why should I care about thyroid health?

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the middle of your throat, just below your voice box. You may not think much about this small body part, but it controls much of your daily function. It contributes to your overall energy levels and your metabolism. If you feel inexplicably tired or overly anxious, or if you’re losing or gaining weight without changing your eating habits, your thyroid may be to blame. Left untreated, thyroid problems can have into serious complications, such as heart problems, mental health issues, and infertility.

What are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism?

Your thyroid gland can overproduce or underproduce specific hormones, which can cause many symptoms and have serious implications for your health.

With hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland is overactive, which presents symptoms such as sudden weight loss, increased appetite, intolerance to heat, and an enlarged gland in your neck.

Hypothyroidism, or a sluggish thyroid, results in some of the opposite symptoms, including weight gain, lethargy, muscular aches, brittle nails, and intolerance to the cold.

How can a naturopath help?

Dr. Skye will look into the possible root causes of your thyroid issues. She’ll consider your symptoms and thyroid function in the context of your overall health. For instance, after discussing your diet and your specific symptoms, she may suspect you have food intolerances or food allergies that are contributing to your symptoms. When she’s made a full assessment, she’ll offer natural treatments, such as supplements and herbal medicine to help ease symptoms, such as the fatigue and brittle nails of hypothyroidism.

Adrenal fatigue that occurs due to long-term exposure to chronic stress may also exacerbate the symptoms of hypothyroidism. As a naturopath, Dr. Skye will emphasize lifestyle interventions and natural ways to improve and heal your body’s thyroid function, and your body as a whole.

What specific treatments can Dr. Skye offer?

She may suggest dietary strategies to help ensure you’re getting optimal nutrition and keeping your blood sugar balanced, because highs and lows can affect your energy levels. Dr. Skye can assess your gastrointestinal health to ensure your gut is absorbing nutrients properly so you get full benefits from the good foods you eat. If she thinks you have vitamin and mineral deficiencies that are affecting your thyroid function, she may suggest supplements.

If stress is contributing to your thyroid issues, Dr. Skye can provide expert guidance in stress management techniques so you can better handle day-to-day stress and anxiety.