If you are overweight and you try a lot of diets, but they just don’ work, you may be suffering from low thyroid levels.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck. The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Those hormones control the human metabolism. The thyroid’s hormones regulate vital body functions including: breathing, heart rate, body temperature, muscle strength, body weight, central and peripheral nervous systems, cholesterol levels and menstrual cycles.
The most often problem with this gland is hypothyroidism, where the gland does not make enough hormones to regulate the necessary body functions. Hypothyroidism can be caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Thyroiditis is an inflammation of the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder, what means that your body produces antibodies that attack and destroy the thyroid gland. Thyroiditis may also be caused by a viral infection.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Cold intolerance
- Muscle cramps
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
There are several tests which can be used to diagnose the hypothyroidism. One of them is thyroid stimulating hormone test which measures the amount of a pituitary hormone in the blood.
After finding out the level of your hormones you must focus on treating the cause of the hypothyroidism. You should try to optimize your nutrition, include foods that contain iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats and selenium. You must minimize stress and use supplements to help enhance thyroid function. Exercise is also recommended. Engage in thyroid stimulating exercise, which boosts thyroid function.
Hypothyroidism can be very dangerous for your health, so is you ever suspect on it, immediately consult your doctor!!
Source: Natural Medicine Box