Home » Education » Sydney City Nutritionist Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month By Shedding Light On a Common – Yet Lesser Known – Underlying Contributor – Thyroid Dysfunction

The Thyroid regulates everything from breathing and heartbeat to energy production, body temperature, hormonal balance, digestion, and immunity. Basically, the thyroid controls everything which impacts how people feel each day. 

Sydney, Australia, October 12, 2022, Most people know little about their Thyroid even though it has such an important role to play in health and well-being. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland inside the neck which produces and sends hormones responsible for most bodily functions. According to the Australian Thyroid Foundation:

  • 10% of Australians suffer with some form of thyroid condition.
  • 70% of those sufferers are women.
  • 1 million are undiagnosed.
  • 60,000 Australians are diagnosed each year.

There are two primary thyroid conditions, each with characteristic symptoms which may impact mental health. This includes:

Hypothyroidism: (Underactive thyroid) This occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t produce the optimal level of hormones. Patients may experience unexplained weight gain, a lack of concentration, poor appetite, poor stress tolerance, exhaustion – even after long sleeps, sugar and caffeine reliance (largely due to the exhaustion), mood swings, low tolerance for exercise and low motivation. With hypothyroidism it is also common to be intolerant to cold temperatures and have cold hands and feet.

Hyperthyroidism: (Overactive thyroid) This is when the thyroid produces high amounts of thyroid hormones leading to overstimulation. Common symptoms are unexplained weight loss, diarrhea, excessive hunger, nutritional deficiencies, insomnia, short temper, panic and anxiety attacks, impatience, and tension. With hyperthyroidism it is common to experience hot flashes and be intolerant to warmer temperatures.

The best way to assess thyroid health is to speak to a healthcare professional and discuss how to test for abnormalities. The standard tests available to us via the NHS/Medicare are often not comprehensive enough to detect the early signs of dysfunction or subclinical conditions.

Sydney City Nutritionist offers a range of thyroid and metabolic testing to help take charge of one’s mental and physical well-being. This includes:

  • The Ultimate Nutrition Package: Suitable for those who suffer digestive symptoms in addition to common thyroid symptoms noted above. Also, a great choice for those with autoimmunity/food sensitivity in the family.
  • Metabolic Health Check: Suited to those who are experiencing common thyroid symptoms particularly related to mood, energy, and metabolism (weight gain / weight loss).
  • The Fresh Start Program: Suited to those who suffer from thyroid symptoms but would also benefit from one-on-one support and guidance through ongoing consultations.

During a recent interview, Jennifer, the Principal Nutritionist & Director of Sydney City Nutritionist and Food Intolerance Australia, made these comments, “I want you to achieve your health goals whilst being able to enjoy and look forward to your meals. My goal for my patients is to achieve optimum health through simple diet and lifestyle changes.”

​She went on to say, “I believe every person’s needs are unique. I focus on providing personalized diets that suit the individual, according to their needs, preferences, health conditions, goals, and any available test results. I believe by finding the unique approach that best suits you as an individual, you’ll not only see quick results, but you’ll also maintain them easily in the long term.”

Jennifer has a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Nutritional Medicine and is a current student of clinical counselling to supplement her skill set. In 2014 Jennifer pioneered an industry-first internship and mentor program for students and new graduates of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Jennifer has created many successful programs to help her patients recover from ongoing illness and major stress including the “8 Weeks to Change Your Life” program (read the book here) and the “Food Intolerance Recovery Program”. These programs teach vital strategies to assist with personalizing your diet and lifestyle to suit your specific needs, resulting in life-long better health and happiness.​

For complete information, visit:  https://www.sydneycitynutritionist.com

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