The hormones in your body should always stay in a balanced condition. If the balance is hampered then you may have to face many health issues such as headaches, fatigue, depression, weight gain and insomnia. After Diabetes and Insulin Resistance, thyroid disease is one of the most common disorders related to hormones.
The majority of people suffering from thyroid imbalance have hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) and the remaining patients suffer from hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). The major issue related to this medical condition is that people mistakenly compare symptoms of low thyroid with signs of ageing and depression.
Thyroid is a small gland located in your front part of the neck. It is butterfly shaped, controlling the functions of every organ, cell and gland in the body. Your thyroid gland regulates:
– water balance and electrolyte in the cells and body
– the repair rate of diseased or damaged tissues
– the oxygen usage in every tissue
– the strength and energy of every muscle
– the circulatory system
– the level of blood sugar by controlling the glucose release from the liver to the bloodstream
Symptoms of thyroid imbalance
Hypothyroidism affects each and every cell and tissue in the body. The following symptoms are produced by the deficient levels of the active T3 thyroid hormone:
– Shortness of breath
– Weight Gain
– Low body temperature
– Difficulty in concentration
– Intolerance to cold
– Poor memory
– Decreased Libido
– Muscle or joint pain and stiffness
– Elevated cholesterol or triglycerides
– Hair loss
– Dry skin/ dry, coarse hair
Physicians often dismiss the majority of hypothyroid symptoms as signs of ageing, overwork, a psychological problem or some other condition. This is the main reason that in many cases the thyroid tests are not even conducted and the patient is deprived of receiving the proper and required medical attention or treatment.
What disturbs the Thyroid Function?
– Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance
– Adrenal depletion/Chronic stress – There is a strong connection between the adrenal glands and thyroid. If one of these becomes weak, then it automatically starts to weaken the other.
– Frequent X-rays – People who undergo x-rays more for different medical checkups like dental, also patients who have radiation treatment of the neck, head or chest.
– Prescribed heavy medication such as Premarin, Beta Blockers, Lithium, Birth Control Pills, Dilantin and few anti depressants.
– Genetically engineered and synthetic hormones like estrogen and other similar hormones in dairy, eggs, poultry and meat products. Conditions like IVF treatment & Menopause, Fibroids and Poly Cystic Ovarian Disorder.
– Over-consumption of thyroid inhibiting foods such as cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
– Exercise – By increasing oxygen to the cells, thyroid is stimulated by regular or heavy exercise. While exercising, more oxygen is pumped up into the body. This act speeds up the metabolism and the body heat increases.
– Heavy Metal Exposure -Metals like mercury play an important role in disturbing the whole thyroid balance.
– Dieting – Deficiency of essential nutrients or low calorie do not provide the required fuel to the thyroid to work properly.