Thyroid health is a key to your health in general, so never underestimate that little gland in your neck. It produces the hormone, which regulates your metabolism, body’s temperature, heartbeat, and much more.
According to the studies, at least 30 million Americans have a thyroid disorder. Woman over 35 are more likely to experience thyroid problems, scientists say.
12 signs you should worry about your thyroid
You feel exhausted…
Having no energy is associated with hypothyroidism, or too little thyroid hormone. Fatigue, when you feel tired in the morning, often indicates thyroid problems.
Feeling depressed can also be a symptom of hypothyroidism. Too little thyroid hormone impacts serotonin levels in the brain.
You are anxious…
Anxiety is associated with hyperthyroidism, or too much thyroid hormone.
…and lost your libido
It is one of possible side effects of a thyroid disorder. Too little thyroid hormone lowers your libido.
Your appetite or taste has changed…
If you always feel hungry, it may be a sign of hyperthyroidism. Messed sense of taste and smell, on the contrary, often indicates hypothyroidism.
…and your skin is dry
Dry and itchy skin can be a symptom of hypothyroidism, too. Too little thyroid hormone production slows metabolism, reduces sweating, and therefore negatively effects your skin and nails.
Your are a woman, and your periods have changed…
Longer menstrual periods with a heavier flow are a sign of hypothyroidism. Shorter and too light periods are associated with hyperthyroidism.
…and you have trouble getting pregnant
Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can impact ovulation and fertility.
You have high blood pressure…
People with hypothyroidism have two to three times the risk of developing hypertension. Seems freaky, but hyperthyroidism may cause it, too.
…and you feel cold most time
Feeling cold is associated with hypothyroidism. On the other hand, people with hyperthyroidism may feel too warm and sweaty.
You are gaining weight…
In many cases it is due to hypothyroidism, while abnormal weight loss may signal hyperthyroidism.
…and your hair is falling out
Hypothyroidism causes hair loss, and overactive thyroid can cause thinning hair.
Thyroid health tips
- Get tested. If you have any of these symptoms, ask your doctor for a physical exam and thyroid hormone tests.
- Consider treatment. Maybe you’ll have to take synthetic hormones. First of all, ask your doctor to calculate the right dosage properly.
- Maintain healthy lifestyle. We can support our thyroid naturally, by eating whole foods, taking multivitamins and mineral supplements, and using herbs. In addition, it is important to reduce stress and exercise regularly.
Foods for thyroid health
- foods containing iodine: salmon, seafood and seaweed, eggs, asparagus, spinach, garlic, mushrooms, fruit, and iodized sea salt;
- selenium sources: tuna, nuts and seeds, soybeans;
- zinc sources: turkey, lamb, oysters, ginger root, whole grains;
- foods high in copper: lobsters, beans, tomato paste, and (yep!) dark chocolate;
- iron sources: clams, lentils, pumpkin seeds;
- Vitamin A sources: carrots, broccoli, lettuce and kale, sweet potatoes, liver;
- natural Vitamin C sources: brussels sprouts and cauliflower, peppers, strawberries, kiwi, guava, papaya, and citrus fruits;
- foods containing Vitamin E: nuts and seeds, leafy green vegetables, whole grains;
- Vitamin B2 sources, like wild rice and brewer’s yeast;
- foods high in Vitamin B3, for example poultry and wheat bran;
- Vitamin B6 sources, particularly bananas.
You know, it’s easy! Maintain a healthy lifestyle, eat good foods, don’t skip health checks, and don’t worry about your thyroid health!