We are no strangers to a little bit of fatigue every so often or the blue mood. We wouldn’t mind a couple of pounds losing or occasional, irregular period. But if you are battling with any of these persistently on a regular basis or a bunch of these
symptoms your thyroid gland is the guilty party.
What is Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is also known as underactive thyroid. It is a common disorder that happens when your thyroid gland does not make sufficient thyroid hormone. The thyroid gland is on the front lower part of the neck. This gland releases hormones that travel through the bloodstream and affect almost every part of the body such as heart, brain, muscles and skin.
The thyroid controls a process in the body called metabolism. Metabolism is the process in which the cells of the body use energy from food. In addition to other things, metabolism affects boy temperature, heartbeat, and how well the calories get burnt. If the thyroid hormone produced is not enough then processes of body slow down. Therefore the body is making less energy and metabolism get sluggish.
- Frequent miscarriages
- Unusual weight gain
- High blood cholesterol level
- Pain and swelling in joints
- Thinning hair
- Depressed Mood
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Muscle aches and weakness
- Irregular or heavier menstrual periods
- Slow heart rate
- Impaired memory
If the thyroid gland does not work properly or the gland is not stimulated well by the pituitary gland, then hypothyroidism can occur. The leading causes of the disease are:
It is the disorder in which the antibodies produced by the body attack and obliterate the thyroid gland. Viral infection is another cause of Hashimoto’s disease.
Radiation Therapy on Neck
Treating cancers require radiations to the neck area. Radiations harm the cells in thyroid which makes difficulties for the gland to secrete hormone.
Some medicines that treat cancer, heart issues and psychiatric conditions affect the creation of thyroid hormone.
Radioactive Iodine Treatment
People having overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) is prescribed for this treatment. The radiations demolish the cells in thyroid glands which lead to hypothyroidism.
If the thyroid gets removed completely, it will lead to hypothyroidism. It is better to remove a part of thyroid because there are chances that the remaining gland will produce enough hormones for the body.
Iodine Deficiency in Diet
Iodine is required by the thyroid to produce the hormone. The body does not produce iodine, so it needs to get it through diet. Iodine rich foods are eggs, dairy products, shellfish and saltwater fish.
Tips to Support a Healthy Thyroid
Twice a week Eat Sea Vegetables
They are a natural source of iodine and support thyroid.
Make friends with Butter
If you are cutting other dairy products like cheese and milk, keep butter in your diet as the endocrine system loves butter.
Cook the Kale
Eat greens and cruciferous vegetables cooked like broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, and cauliflower.
Don’t rush while eating
Take your food while sitting, slowly and chew it well.
The best way to support your endocrine system is through yoga.
Healthy thyroid means a healthy body. It is important to identify the presence of thyroid problem so that it is treated and restored to normal functioning. Take control of your health and get yourself checked on regular basis.