It has been estimated that as many as 25 million Americans have an issue with their thyroid but more than half of those people have no idea. The most common issue is hypothyroidism or an under-active thyroid. You can also have hyperthyroidism or an over-active thyroid.
So, what exactly is your thyroid? It is a butterfly shaped gland in your neck and is related with very system in your body. No wonder you might feel so crappy if you are having a thyroid problem. Here are some signs of an under-active thyroid, which is said to make up to 90% of thyroid problems:
- Feeling very fatigued, even after sleeping 8-10 hours a night or needing a nap every day.
- Weight gain or trouble losing weight.
- Anxiety, depression or mood swings.
- Hormonal imbalances such as PMS, infertility, low sex drive and irregular periods.
- Feeling constantly cold, especially cold hands and feet.
- Very dry skin that sometimes cracks, brittle nails or hair loss.
- Muscle or joint pain.
- Frequent constipation.
- Poor memory or concentration or feeling foggy.
- You might even have swelling around your neck, snoring or a hoarse voice often.
So, what do you do if you suspect you have a thyroid issue? Besides seeing your doctor and asking for all tests available to be performed, here are some ways to improve your thyroid function:
- Take a high-quality multivitamin that contains iodine, zinc, selenium, iron, vitamin D and B vitamins.
- Try taking a tyrosine supplement.
- Try going gluten-free.
- Get at least 8-10 hours of sleep a night.
- Ask your dentist to replace any old silver fillings.
- Deal with stress. If you find yourself feeling very stressed constantly, you may need to look into healing your adrenal glands as well. Focus on doing something every day that you enjoy and relieves stress.
- Avoid fluoride, bromide and chlorine.
Do you suspect you have a thyroid problem or have you been diagnosed with one? What types of supplements or remedies do you use to help you feel better? Share with us!