Thyroid Health for Wellness

If you are not one of the many people who suffer from a thyroid disorder then chances are you are not thinking about your thyroid and how connected it is to your health. The thyroid gland lies within your neck below the Adam’s apple. It is the gland that is responsible in generating hormones that regulate metabolism through a biofeedback from the pituitary. A thyroid that does not make enough hormone is considered hypothyroid and if it makes too much it is hyperthyroid. The hormones are T3 and T4 and these dictate how fast or how slow your cells are performing their functions. It is important to note what the symptoms are for any of these.

Hypothyroidism Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

Hyperthyroidism Symptoms

  • Fatigue or muscle weakness
  • Hand tremors
  • Mood swings
  • Nervousness or anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Heart palpitations or irregular heartbeat
  • Skin dryness
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight loss
  • Increased frequency of bowel movements
  • Light periods or skipping periods

It is also important to be aware that certain chemicals or environmental factors can affect thyroid function. Nutrition is also an important contributor to thyroid health. Nutrition alone may not correct a thyroid dysfunction but it can certainly help.

Melzer, D., Rice, N., Depledge, M., Henley, W., & Galloway, T. (2010). Association between serum perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and thyroid disease in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(5), 686-692. doi:10.1289/ehp.0901584

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