Thyroid Support Smithville, Ontario Residents Can Read About – At NEX Wellness

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of the neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism, the way your body uses energy. The thyroid’s hormones regulate vital body functions, including:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body weight
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Body temperature
  • Cholesterol levels

Continue reading this page to find out more about thyroid in Smithville, Ontario and how you can receive natural treatment from NEX Wellness.

What is Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid does no produce enough thyroid hormone called thyroxine.  This causes the body’s system to slow down. Different parts of the body can be affected by hypothyroidism, which can result in symptoms such as tiredness, feeling cold, weight gain, sluggish metabolism, dry skin, and hair loss. 

What are some Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

As the metabolism continues to decline more-obvious signs and symptoms of Hypothyroid may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Puffy face
  • Hoarseness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Elevated blood cholesterol level
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
  • Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
  • Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
  • Thinning hair
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Depression
  • Impaired memory

When hypothyroidism is not treated, signs and symptoms can gradually become more severe. Constant stimulation of the thyroid gland to release more hormones may lead to an enlarged thyroid.

How Does NEX Wellness Test for Thyroid Disorders Smithville Residents?

A blood test is the most common assessment done to determine a thyroid disorder, specifically testing for TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone). However, there are many other factors that impact the body’s capacity to utilize thyroid hormone effectively. For these reasons, your naturopath may suggest a more comprehensive assessment of the thyroid system including:

  • thyroid antibodies
  • free T4 (hormone released by the thyroid gland and converted to T3)
  • free T3 (thyroid hormone that is active in the body)
  • reverse T3 (inactive hormone, can be produced more readily during


  • selenium (a mineral required for the conversion of T4 to T3)
  • adrenal function including a cortisol profile
  • heavy metal assessment including cadmium (competes with thyroid

hormone reducing the body’s ability to use it effectively)

What are the Natural Treatments Available for Thyroid Disorders at NEX Wellness?

NEX Wellness offers a large variety of natural treatments for low thyroid function:

Reduce Alcohol Intake:

Reduce alcohol intake.

Managing Your Stress:

Activities such as yoga, deep breathing and meditation are all good ways to reduce stress levels.

Tyrosine Supplements:

Supplements in capsule form or in a protein powder smoothie powder containing this amino acid to support the production of thyroid hormones and help keep stress at bay.

Selenium Boosting:

Increasing the selenium levels in your diet is a good way to improve thyroid function. A hand full of nuts, (especially Brazil nuts) or taking a selenium supplement is beneficial.

Iodine Increase:

Your health practitioner at NEX Wellness may suggest taking an iodine supplement. Iodine-rich foods include seafood and seaweed; however, these foods should only be consumed in moderation because of toxicity and sustainability concerns.

For more information about the thyroid function for men and women in Smithville, Ontario and how you can get natural treatments done at NEX Wellness to help alleviate your symptoms and bring down your hormone levels, please continue to browse through our website or schedule an appointment today! We can be reached at (905) 692-9300 or (905) 634-5000, Email:, which can be found on our contact page.