Approximately 25 million Americans suffer from thyroid dysfunction and more than half of them don’t know what to do about it. Hypothyroidism is a condition when the thyroid gland is underactive.
The thyroid is gland that is placed in the focal point of the neck and its function affects almost every organ in the body.
It releases certain hormones which regulate our body temperature, libido and more, so any kind of disruption in their production can cause quite a lot of damage to our health.
If the thyroid is not working properly neither will your body.
Here are the 10 main symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- Muscle and joint pain, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome;
- Fatigue which appears even after you’ve slept properly overnight;
- Hormonal imbalance;
- Weight gain;
- Cool hands and feet, feeling cold even when it’s hot;
- Neck swelling, hoarseness, snoring;
- Emotional episodes, anxiety and depression;
- Dry and cracked skin, brittle nails, baldness;
- Brain fog, memory loss and loss of focus.
How does the thyroid gland work?
The production of the thyroid hormone is regulated with the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the thyroid gland. The hormone called Hypothalamic thyrotropin-discharging hormone (TRH) stimulates the synthesis and secretion of the pituitary thyrotropin (TSH).
As a result, the TSH stimulates the production and the secretion of T4 and T3 from the thyroid. As soon as the optimal levels of T4 are achieved, it signals the TRH and TSH that there is enough thyroid hormone and that the production should stop.
The T4 is an inactive form of the hormone, and it is about 85% of all the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. After the production of T4, a small amount of this hormone converts into T3 which is the active form of the hormone.
T4 can also convert into Free T3 or Reverse T3. The Free T3 is a more important hormone that can attach to a receptor thus speed up your metabolism, maintain your body temperature, keep your mind and bowels working, and maintain optimal hormone levels.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that is commonly known as hypothyroidism. The number of patients diagnosed with this condition increases every ear. An autoimmune disease makes your body turns on itself and attack a certain organ or tissue as it is foreign.
Here are 10 ways in which you can improve thyroid function:
- Make sure to include quality multivitamin supplements in your diet which contain iron, zinc, selenium, iron and vitamins B and D;
- Try going gluten-free, especially if you’re suffering from Hashimoto’s.
- Take iodine and tyrosine supplements every day to assist the T4 to T3 conversion;
- Filter your water in order to eliminate fluoride, bromide and chlorine from your system;
- Replace any amalgam fillings you may have on your teeth;
- Manage your anxiety and stress levels and reinforce your adrenals by doing some meditation or yoga. Adaptogenic herbs might help as well;
- Find a naturopathic doctor who can perform the aforementioned tests;
- Make sure to sleep 8-10 hours overnight;
- Avoid eating cruciferous vegetables too often;
- Heal your gut as a proper digestive framework is often the main reason for numerous health problem