09 Feb 10 Symptoms of Thyroid Malfunction
1. Fatigue: Persistent exhaustion no matter how much sleep you get.
2. Poor Sleep Quality: Being unable to sleep or wanting to sleep all the time.
3. Mood Swings: Feelings of sadness or anxiety.
4. Appetite Changes: Changes to food preferences or altered taste.
5. Brain Fog: Inability to concentrate or difficulty with simple cognition.
6. Bowel Irregularity: Bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea.
7. Temperature Sensitivity: You persistently feel too hot or too cold.
8. Chronic Pain: Aches in joints or muscles for no particular reason.
9. Reproductive Issues: Infertility, miscarriages, or premature births.
10. Menstrual Changes: An increase or decrease in cramps, flow, or length of periods.
What Does Your Thyroid Do for You?
The thyroid hormones thyroxine (T-4) and triiodothyronine (T-3) produced by your thyroid gland – a butterfly shaped gland in your lower throat – are responsible for managing your metabolism, body temperature, and blood pressure. Though this part of the endocrine system is small, it is mighty. It literally effects all of you because every cell and organ in your body use thyroid hormones.
Hyperthyroidism (less common) is the term used when your thyroid produces too much hormones. It is also referred to as an overactive thyroid. This condition can result in unexplained weight loss, feeling jittery or anxious, inability to relax, lack of focus, rapid heart rate, fatigue, marked increase to appetite, deterioration of nails, skin, and hair, heart disease, irritability, sleep irregularity, and intolerance to heat.
Hypothyroidism (most common) is the term used when your thyroid produces too little hormones. It is also referred to as an underactive or sluggish thyroid. You may notice no symptoms initially but they tend to worsen as time goes by. Deficiency in these essential hormones lead to feelings of fatigue, depression, obesity, pain in joints, muscle weakness, deterioration of hair, skin, and nails, heart disease, poor memory and focus, and intolerance to cold.
Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune condition. Your immune system malfunctions and sends out antibodies to attack thyroid tissue. Over time, the thyroid is beaten down and unable to function properly. The majority of patients with hypothyroidism test positive for these antibodies. It is important to keep your immune system strong and lower body-wide inflammation to prevent these antibodies from destroying your thyroid.
Your thyroid is stimulated by signals from your brain (hypothalamus) and your pituitary gland tells the thyroid gland to either produce hormones or to hold back. When the signals are blocked or false, it can result in serious repercussions throughout your system.
Common Causes of Thyroid Malfunction
1. Iodine or other nutrition deficiency.
2. Graves is a genetic autoimmune disease that stimulates thyroid hormone production.
3. Plummer’s disease is benign lumps that stimulate thyroid hormone production.
4. Pregnancy can trigger thyroid dysfunction.
5. Thyroiditis is inflammation that triggers excess thyroid hormone to flood the blood.
6. Physical, mental, or emotional stress may affect how your thyroid functions.
7. Environmental toxins are thought to play a role in dysfunction of the thyroid.
This condition can affect adults, children, and infants. Newborns tested and treated early respond well and the practice has prevented poor mental development.
There are synthetic hormones available (thyroid drugs are the fourth highest selling in the United States) that can eventually get your thyroid back on track. However, most patients have to have a thyroid that no longer functions for the synthetic replacements to work.
Preventing the destruction of your thyroid in the first place is a far better solution.
5 Worst Foods for Thyroid Health
1. Soy products
2. Refined gluten grains
3. Sodas, alcohol, or excessive coffee
4. Hydrogenated oils (avoid processed or fast foods)
5. Refined sugar