Are you feeling your body is changing, and not for the better, as you move into your forties or beyond? Are you feeling tired, fatigued or weak?
Are you unable to tolerate cold, or suffer memory or concentration problems? Do you live with constipation, heavy bleeding or long menstrual periods? Is your skin pale or dry, or is your hair starting to thin?
You may be experiencing underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism.
This is a treatable disease, and once it is identified and treatment is given, you can get back to your normal self!
There are several natural treatments that can be part of your plan to make you healthier and maintain a normal thyroid. You will be surprised how your diet can play an important role treating hypothyroid disease.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland is not producing enough of thyroid hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine). It can also occur if the thyroid gland is producing enough thyroid hormones but the body is not able to convert enough T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) into T3 (active thyroid hormone).
In either case, there is not enough of the active thyroid hormone in the body and it results in symptoms.
The most frequent thyroid illness is Hashimoto’s disease. Hashimoto’s is an autoimmune condition where the body attacks the thyroid gland and prevents it from creating thyroid hormone. Over time, the lower levels create symptoms in the body consistent with hypothyroid disease.
In many cases these antibodies can also attack other organs causing decreased function of other organs or create other autoimmune diseases as well. The standard treatment for Hashimoto’s is to give natural or synthetic thyroid hormone.
The first step in identifying hypothyroidism is to take a simple blood test for thyroid - stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. To confirm whether you have Hashimoto’s disease, a thyroid peroxidase (TPO) antibody test should be conducted in addition to a TSH blood test.
Once you have been diagnosed with hypothyroid or underactive thyroid discuss the appropriate synthetic or natural hormone treatment with your health care provider.