Feeling run down? Hair falling out? Cold all the time? Struggling with slow digestion? Waistline getting bigger despite “doing all the right things?”
All of these may be symptoms that our thyroid needs a little love.
These are some of my favorite resources regarding all things thyroid help.
Even if you don’t currently have thyroid issues right now, 1 in 8 women are said to have thyroid issues in their lifetime and it becomes exponentially more common as we age.
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that regulates everything from body temperature to sleep to metabolism.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone. Hyperthyroidism occurs when it produces too much. Hashimoto’s is when the has an autoimmune reaction and begins producing antibodies that attack the thyroid.
Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
– Trouble losing fat, weight gain
– Forgetfulness, brain fog
– Puffy face, goiter
– Difficulty regulating temperature, intolerance to cold
– Fatigue, exhaustion, feeling tired despite adequate sleep
– Dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss
– Constipation, slow digestion, digestive issues
– Loss of the outer third eyebrow hair
– Heavy menstrual cycles
– Depression, anxiety
Labs Helpful to Assess Thyroid Function:
– Free T3, Free T4, TSH, TPO, TGab (yes you need ALL five).
Common Contributors to Hypothyroidism:
– Hormonal birth control use
– Chronic dieting / consistently eating low calorie
– Diets low in fat, diets low in carbs
– Nutrient deficiencies
– Poor adrenal health, too much stress
– Poor gut health
– Poor liver detoxification
– Overtraining, overexercising
(among numerous others)