By Louise O'Connor, Naturopath + Wellness Coach
"Are you worried about hypothyroidism symptoms? Thyroid problems are fast becoming the leading cause of weight gain, depression and ongoing fatigue"
An underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism as it is termed, results in decreased production of vital thyroid hormones.
Normally the thyroid produces two key hormones; thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Controlled by a small gland in the brain called the pituitary gland, this gland produces the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to ensure the thyroid releases just the right amount of thyroid hormones into the bloodstream.
T4 and T3 control the body’s metabolic rate and many other important functions. When these hormones are lacking the body uses energy more slowly and overall metabolism slows down.
When this happens it becomes next to impossible to lose weight, even with a healthy diet and exercise. An underactive thyroid also makes you feel tired and moody. For many women they notice significant hair loss and menstrual problems.
The symptoms of hypothryoidism usually develop slowly over time, often over a number of years. The symptoms are subtle in the early stages. However as the condition worsens the symptoms become more obvious.
When most people start a weight loss diet they say that it makes them feel great! They have more energy, they start dropping weight right away, and they are instantly happier.
But if you suffer from hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid then starting a weight loss diet can actually make you feel cranky, it can make you feel even more tired and more unhappy.
And that is just one of the tell-tale hypothyroidism symptoms.
Take a few moments and look over my hypothyroidism symptoms checklist...
You have problems losing weight & you gain weight without any reason
You constantly feel tired & lethargic
You have mood swings that range from mild to severe
You feel down-in-the-dumps & even depressed
Your muscles ache or feel weak & you have pains in your joints
You might experience menstrual problems, or irregular periods
You become cold easily & have poor circulation
You have a decreased interest in sex
Your skin is dry & pale
Your hair is thin, or falls out in clumps
You have low blood pressure & heart palpitations
Your face, hands and/or feet become swollen or puffy
If you feel you have many of the symptoms of hypothyroidism it is important to discuss your concerns with your healthcare practitioner.
There are 5 thyroid tests I recommend discussing with your doctor. It is important the pathology test results are considered along with your individual symptoms,
If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and still have many of these symptoms it is a really good idea to become more informed about better thyroid treatment and all things related to being hypothyroid.
My eBook The Natural Thyroid Diet. The 4-Week Plan to Living Well, Living Vibrantly is now available. This 65 page eBook is a holistic guide to recovering thyroid health. It is everything I have gleaned from working with real people in clinic and my relentless research into thyroid health.
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