Brain Fog and Gut Issues Newly Identified Symptoms of Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

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Steve Hyjek, Owner of The Functional Medicine Center in Irvine, California says, “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland.

In a recent announcement, Dr. Steve Hyjek revealed that his practice, The Functional Medicine Center in Irvine, California, has identified new, unexpected symptoms of a very common autoimmune disorder called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.

Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland. It is also the most common cause of hypothyroidism, or low thyroid.

Dr. Steve Hyjek says, “A few of the most common symptoms include gut issues and brain fog. Many people are surprised by this, At my office, we have had a lot of success working with clients who are suffering from these unexpected symptoms by taking a functional medicine approach. This approach offers many benefits to those dealing with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.”

With this condition, the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid, leading to chronic inflammation and ongoing destruction of the gland. Conventional medicine focuses on managing the symptoms through medication. A more holistic approach can be taken with functional medicine.

Functional medicine is an integrative and personalized approach to healthcare that aims to address the root causes of a disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms. It looks at the body as a whole and takes into account the unique lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that contribute to an individual’s health.

There are several ways in which a patient with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis can benefit from a functional medicine approach, such as identifying and addressing triggers such as dietary factors like gluten or dairy intolerance, chronic infections, gut imbalances, environmental toxins, and chronic stress.

Dr. Hyjek, Owner at The Functional Medicine Center, uses advanced laboratory testing to assess various aspects of a client’s health, which include tests to evaluate thyroid function, nutrient deficiencies, adrenal function, gut health, food sensitivities, and immune system markers. These tests provide a more detailed understanding of the underlying factors contributing to Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, allowing for a targeted and individualized treatment approach.

Personalized treatment plans are made possible because of the insights gained from comprehensive testing.

“We like to develop extremely personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual’s specific needs,” says Dr. Steve. “These can include dietary modifications, supplements, lifestyle changes, stress management techniques, and targeted therapies to address each person’s underlying issues.”

The Functional Medicine Center can help patients to restore optimal thyroid function and overall health through a more holistic and individualized approach. Functional medicine seeks to address the root causes, explore the interconnectedness of various body systems, and empower patients to take an active role in their health journey.

To find out more or to make an appointment, please contact the Irvine, California office at Both in-person and virtual visits are available.