Thyroid disorders are one of the most common health problems in the USA, with millions of people suffering from them at the moment. These disorders often go unnoticed, and they’re frequently diagnosed. Even worse, people aren’t really sure how to treat thyroid disorders once medications fail to help.
The most common thyroid disorder is hypothyroidism, a condition which occurs due to underactive thyroid which produces less than the usual amount of hormones.
The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism are:
- brittle hair
- nails and skin
- weight gain
- hormonal imbalance
- joint and muscle pain
- feeling cold all the time
- memory loss
- brain fog
How the thyroid works
The thyroid gland regulates numerous important functions in our body including our temperature and hormonal balance. It secretes two highly important hormones known as TRH and TSH.
TSH stimulates the production of T3 and T4 hormones – once the levels of T4 are satiated, it signals the thyroid to stop the production of this hormone.
T4 is an idle hormone unlike T3 which is active. Our body has the ability of converting T4 to T3 when needed, which allows proper digestion, body temperature and other important functions.
Hypothyroidism is commonly misdiagnosed
The main problem with an under active thyroid is that the conditions if commonly misdiagnosed. The symptoms it manifests through resemble numerous other diseases, so it’s really hard to tell if the thyroid is really the issue.
In order to detect the problem, your doctor needs to run a few special tests that will detect the real problem underneath the symptoms.
The good news is that thyroid disorders such as hypothyroidism are preventable. All you need to do is make a few lifestyle changes, while paying more attention to your diet. Experts recommend avoiding gluten and cruciferous vegetables, while adding zinc, iron, vitamin B and D supplements in your diet.
Make sure to be physically active every day and sleep well overnight, while drinking plenty of water in order to keep your body hydrated. Finally, you may also want to replace your amalgam fillings, as they have been known to harm the thyroid gland.