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HYPOTHYROIDISM

Thyroid hormones impact the entire body - from the brain to bowels.

If you are diagnosed with a hypothyroid that means that you have an under-active thyroid or that you don’t have enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid hormones are like the spark plugs of the body. They ignite the fuel in the mitochondria of the cell to produce energy with which the body performs all of its functions. For this reason, any problem with the thyroid gland causes energy problems and usually fatigue. Hypothyroidism is extremely common but often goes undetected because standard blood tests are not adequate in determining complete thyroid function.

 

Below are common symptoms associated with thyroid issues

 

Muscle/Joint Aching

Hypothyroidism may lead to joint pain and stiffness. Swelling of the small joints in the hands and feet.

 Digestive Issues

Low thyroid function can slow down the movement leading to slow food transit time and constipation.

Reproductive System ( infertility and low libido)

Low levels of thyroid hormone can interfere with ovulation, therefore impairing fertility in women. Treating hypothyroidism can be an important factor in correcting infertility. Subclinical hypothyroidism can sometimes cause infertility and miscarriages. Both men and women with untreated thyroid disease often have decreased sexual desire (libido).

Weight Gain

An unexplained change in weight is one of the most common signs of a thyroid disorder. Weight gain may signal low levels of thyroid hormones, a condition called hypothyroidism. In contrast, if the thyroid produces more hormones than the body needs, you may lose weight unexpectedly. This is known as hyperthyroidism. Hypothyroidism is far more common.

Fatigue

Since your body's energy production requires certain amounts of thyroid hormones, a drop in hormone production leads to lower energy levels, causing you to feel weak and tired.

Adrenal Function

It’s important to realize that not all thyroid issues originate with the thyroid. Adrenal dysfunction will influence thyroid function Thus, treating the thyroid without providing adrenal support may not be productive.

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