Hypothyroidism – how to know if you have an underactive thyroid
Have you ever wondered why you have been on a diet for like, forever, but are not losing weight? Even though you have been good, not cheated at all and are exercising regularly? Have you ever considered that your lack of losing weight, or changes in your body that make you feel tired and unenergetic could be because of a health issue? All of these could possibly be due to the fact that you have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). The thyroid gland in the body is the master gland for metabolism and if it is not running effectively then neither are you!
What are the signs of an underactive thyroid?
- Feeling constantly fatigued even through you have slept between 8 to 10 hours
- Weight gain or the inability to lose weight
- Mood swings, anxiety or depression
- Imbalances with your hormones such as an irregular menstrual cycle, infertility and low sex drive
- Muscle or joint pain
- Feeling the cold excessively which includes cold hands and feet constantly
- Poor memory and poor concentration
- Swelling of the neck, snoring or hoarse voice
If you are displaying more than one of these symptoms, then chances are that you are suffering from hypothyroidism.
What can be done to improve function of the thyroid?
- First and foremost – vitamins! Make sure that you are taking a high quality multi-vitamin that contains iodine, zinc, selenium, iron, vitamin D and vitamin B.
- The hard part – cut out all gluten. If you have already been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s then try going completely grain and legume free.
- As difficult as it might be get your required 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.
- Control your intake of cruciferous vegetables - these are vegetable like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts and kale.
- Learn to deal with stress and support your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands and thyroid work hand in hand. A good way to help support your adrenal glands in coping with stress is through yoga and adaptogenic herbs (like ginseng).
- Make sure that your daily diet excludes fluoride, bromide and chlorine.
- Have a medical practitioner run tests to be sure of your thyroid imbalance and one that will work with you to find the root cause of it.
- And most importantly – heal your gut! A properly functioning digestive system is critical to good health.
Suffering from hypothyroidism or, as it is commonly referred to, an underactive thyroid is nothing to be sneezed at. Before self-diagnosing yourself, consult a doctor as you could be causing yourself unnecessary stress by believing you have a health issue that you might not have!
If you are suffering from hypothyroidism and need to find a healthy approach to dealing with it, then you need to contact Dr Alain Sanua. As a recognized doctor of naturopathy and homeopathy, Dr Alain Sanua will make sure that your road to recovery is done the natural way. If you are looking for a doctor that believes in a natural and holistic approach to healing, then Dr Alain Sanua is just the right doctor for you! To find out more about his services and wellness centres, visit his website www.homeopathjohannesburg.co.za