Usually, when we feel slightly ill we just shake it off and move on as normal. Although it can be true that you are okay, sometimes minor symptoms in your body can indicate bigger medical problems in your body.
This is the reason you should always pay attention to the messages your body send you, such as when you experience issues with your thyroid. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, which produces thyroid hormones essential for metabolism, energy, heartbeat, and brain activity.
The thyroid is involved in soo many processes that when it isn’t working properly, it can result in many different kinds of symptoms and health disorders. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the gland becomes overactive and produces too many hormones, while hypothyroidism stems from an underactive thyroid that doesn’t produce enough hormones.
The following are the signs that your thyroid could not be functioning properly.
Feeling depressed or sad
An under or over-active thyroid gland can totally alter your mood. Little thyroid in your body can affect the levels of the “happy” serotonin hormone in the brain, making you feel to feel depressed or unusually blue. On the other hand, too much of the thyroid gland can make you feel restless, anxious, or irritable.
If you are experiencing frequent constipation and you are unable to shake it off, it could be a symptom of a poorly functioning thyroid. Notably, the production of the thyroid hormone could be slowing down digestion in your body. According to Dr. Robin Miller, a specialist in integrative medicine, this is one of the top three signs of hypothyroidism.
Sleeping too much
If you become unable to get out of bed as usual, then that could be a wake-up call that your thyroid is not okay. A lethargic thyroid can make you feel sleepy even during day time.
Hair loss and dry skin
A dry and itchy skin could be a sign of hypothyroidism. The change in the skin texture could be due to a slower rate of metabolism, which will, in turn, reduce sweating. On the other hand, a lack of thyroid in your body could make your nails and hair feel dry and brittle. Sometimes, little thyroid in your body can make your hair fall out.
Sudden weight gain
Though weight gain can be attributed to a variety of factors, instant weight gain without major alterations in your diet or physical activities may indicate something is not right.
Low libido results from an underactive thyroid. A lack of desire for sex could also be caused by low energy, body aches, and weight gain from a thyroid disorder.
Muscular tightening or pain
If you feel random and strange numbness or tightening in your hands, arms, legs, or feet, your thyroid could not be functioning well. Little thyroid in your body could damage your body nerves, which are responsible for sending signals from your brain to the rests parts of your body. The result is strange or unexplained twinges and tingles.
Heart palpitations might occur from hyperthyroidism because of too much thyroid hormone in the system. Symptoms include a pounding heart, quick heart rate, or skipping and fluttering heartbeats.
Due to advanced in age, your brain may feel fuzzy, but if this situation becomes more intense, it could be a sign that your thyroid is abnormal. Too much thyroid hormone in your body can make it difficult for you to concentrate, and while too little of it causes forgetfulness.
High blood pressure
You may need to check your thyroid if you have high blood pressure, and you are unable to resolve it. An under-active thyroid may lead to high levels of “bad” cholesterol those results in high blood pressure.
Increased appetite or changes in taste buds
An increased appetite can be a sign of hyperthyroidism when too much thyroid hormone may have you feeling hungry all of the time. The only upside is that the “hyper” part of the disorder typically offsets the caloric impact of an increased appetite so the end result isn’t weight gain. An underactive thyroid, on the other hand, can mess with your sense of taste and smell.
Neck or throat discomfort
Since your thyroid is located in the neck, any physical pain in this region should raise an alarm for you. Notably, a lump in your throat, goiter or even a change in voice could be a symptom of thyroid disorder.
Things you can do to improve your thyroid function:
- Sleep 8 to 10 hours every night
- Take high-quality multivitamin with vitamins B, D, iodine, selenium, zinc, iron
- Get bromide, chlorine, and fluoride out of your diet
- Heal your gut and make sure that your digestive system is healthy (eat more fermented foods)
- Go gluten free!
- Deal with your stress and support your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands and thyroid work hand and hand. In order to support your adrenal glands and reduce stress, we recommend yoga, meditation or exercise.
- Eat more vegetables
- Put in your diet iodine and tyrosine supplement to help with the FT4 to FT3 conversion
- Lastly, work with your healthcare provider to find and treat the source of your thyroid imbalance.