One of the most important glands in our organism is the one with the shape of a butterfly called the thyroid gland. It is situated right in the center of the neck. It has some very important roles for our complete body and is very important to our metabolism, too.
You may be surprised how a very small gland can be so important, but it’s true. If it doesn’t function well, you won’t function well, too.
According to Dr. Amy Myer who is Bestselling author for New York Times of The Autoimmune Solution and a leader of Functional Medicine, almost 25 million Americans have a problem with their thyroid and they don’t even know it.
When the thyroid is under-active, this imbalance is called hypothyroidism and almost 90% cases belong to it. The symptoms can go unnoticed.
Still, it is very important to be aware of the symptoms that may represent a problem with the thyroid. That will help you explain your doctor what’s wrong so that he/she could examine the problem closer.
Symptoms That Indicate Thyroid Problems
1. Hormone imbalance, like low sex drive or irregular periods
2. Even after sleeping for 8 hours, you’re always tired
3. Depression, mood swings or anxiety
4. Loss of hair, dry skin or brittle nails
5. Joint or muscle pain
7. Cold hands and feet
8. Brain fog or loss of memory
9. Neck swelling or snoring
10. You can’t lose weight or you gain weight
Here, we’re also presenting you a list of all the hormones that the thyroid gland can produce. According to Dr. Myer, every doctor who suggests that his patient has a problem with the thyroid should make sure he/she checks them:
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
- Reverse T3 elevated with stress
- Free T4, inactive hormone which stops the production of thyroid hormone
- TSH, thyrotropin synthesis hormone
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
- Free T3, which causes body temperature and metabolism to rise
All of these are very important when a doctor is trying to discover whether a patient has a problem with the thyroid as well as some thyroid autoimmune diseases, like for example Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Make sure you consult your doctor if you’ve seen some of the symptoms in you. Make sure they perform all the necessary tests related to problems with the thyroid.
Here are some natural habits that can help you prevent some thyroid problems in case you suspect you have them:
Improve Your Thyroid With These 10 Tips!
1. Find a way to deal with your stress. Use yoga or some other method.
2. Exercise at least 3 times a week.
3. Eat gluten-free products.
4. Sleep from 8 to 10 hours.
5. Use multivitamins of high quality.
6. Improve your gut health.
7. Make sure you remove any amalgam fillings safely.
8. Consult with your doctor so he/she can discover the root cause of your imbalance.
9. Make sure you reduce the chlorine and fluoride from your diet.
10. Make sure you avoid processed foods, like for example simple sugars and refined carbohydrates!