10 signs you have a THYROID problem and 10 ways to IMPROVE it!
That’s a lot of importance on just one tiny gland. And if it’s not functioning properly, neither will you.
“It’s estimated that as many as 25 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and half of them have no idea that they do,” says Dr. Amy Myer, leader of Functional Medicine and New York Times Bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution.
90% of all thyroid imbalances are diagnosed as under-active, medically called hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, the symptoms are vague and doctors may only spend a couple of minutes searching for the cause of a person’s complaint.
Knowing the symptoms of a thyroid problem will help bring up a discussion with your doctor about the possibility of having one.
Symptoms of thyroid problem
- Mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Always tired, even when getting 8 hours of sleep
- Hormone imbalance, such as irregular periods or low sex drive
- Weight gain or not being able to lose weight
- Cold hands and feet
- Muscle or joint pain
- Dry skin, brittle nails, or lose of hair
- Snoring or neck swelling
- Loss of memory or brain fog
The below list is all of the different hormones the thyroid gland produces. Dr. Myer suggests doctors check all of these when testing a patient for thyroid problem:
- TSH, thyrotropin synthesis hormone
- Free T4, inactive hormone that stops production of thyroid hormone
- Free T3, causes metabolism and body temperature to rise
- Reverse T3, elevated with stress
- Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
- Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)
These antibodies will help to check for any thyroid autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
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