Extreme fatigue. If you’re always tired, even after sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night, it’s a common sign that your thyroid hormone levels are low. Of course, fatigue and low energy are associated with many conditions, but if you don’t have enough thyroid hormone (TH) flowing through your body, your muscles aren’t receiving a signal to get up and get moving.
Brain fog. If it feels as though you’re walking around in a fog all day, are having difficulty focusing, or forgetting things frequently, it could be that your thyroid is out of whack. Too much TH can make it hard to concentrate, while too little can cause memory problems.
Digestive issues. Those with hypothyroidism often complain of constipation, as an underactive thyroid can cause the digestive process to slow. An overactive thyroid gland can cause the opposite problem, such as diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements.
Mood problems. Mood swings, anxiety or depression can develop in those who have thyroid disorders. Anxiety and nervousness are linked to hyperthyroidism as the body is flooded constantly with a message to go, go, go, causing it to go into overdrive.
Do you exercise, eat right and still can’t lose weight?
Putting on a few pounds can be caused by many different things, so few physicians will consider this alone as a symptom of a thyroid problem. But if you aren’t eating any more than usual, exercise regularly and still can’t seem to lose those extra pounds, it could very well be an underactive thyroid.
EVERY CELL IN YOUR BODY CAN BE IMPACTED BY THYROID MALFUNCTION
But… my thyroid test was normal (really?)
“Many people may be suffering from minute imbalances that have not yet resulted in abnormal blood tests. If we included people with low-grade hypothyroidism whose blood tests are normal, the frequency of hypothyroidism would no doubt exceed 10 percent of the population.
“What is of special concern, though, is that many people whose test results are dismissed as normal could continue to have symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Their moods, emotions, and overall well-being are affected by this imbalance, yet they are not receiving the care they need to get to the root of their problems.
“Even if the TSH level is in the lower segment of normal range, a person may still be suffering from low-grade hypothyroidism.” — Arem, Ridha M.D., The Thyroid Solution, 1999, 2007 revised edition.
Other signs that your thyroid is in trouble ( Do you have more than 3 of these?)
- Fluid retention/swelling
- Frequent viral infections
- Hair loss
- Frequent bruising
- Ringing in the ears
- Sensitivity to cold/heat
- Cold hands and feet
- Joint aches
- Brittle nails
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Lack of concentration
- Depressed immunity
- Hoarse voice
How does diet interfere with thyroid function?
It is thought that diet plays a role in thyroid health. Although low iodine intake leads to low thyroid function, table salt does not appear to be the best option. Many foods eaten in Western culture contain what are known as goitrogens or iodine blockers. Two popular goitrogens are soybeans and peanuts.
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