It may be your thyroid! the butterfly-shaped gland that rests below your Adam’s apple, just along the front of your windpipe. Comprised of two lobes, connected in the middle by a bridge, the thyroid serves a major role in metabolism growth and maturation.
Signs your thyroid may be out of whack:
Extreme fatigue: If you’re always tired, even after sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night, it’s a common sign that your thyroid hormone levels are low. Of course, fatigue and low energy are associated with many conditions, but if you don’t have enough thyroid hormone (TH) flowing through your body, your muscles aren’t receiving a signal to get up and get moving.
Brain fog: If it feels as though you’re walking around in a fog all day, are having difficulty focusing, or forgetting things frequently, it could be that your thyroid is out of whack. Too much TH can make it hard to concentrate, while too little can cause memory problems.
Digestive issues: Those with hypothyroidism often complain of constipation, as an underactive thyroid can cause the digestive process to slow. An overactive thyroid gland can cause the opposite problem, such as diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements.
Mood problems: Mood swings, anxiety or depression can develop in those who have thyroid disorders. Anxiety and nervousness are linked to hyperthyroidism as the body is flooded constantly with a message to go, go, go, causing it to go into overdrive.
Do you exercise, eat right and still can’t lose weight?
Putting on a few pounds can be caused by many different things, so few physicians will consider this alone as a symptom of a thyroid problem. But if you aren’t eating any more than usual, exercise regularly and still can’t seem to lose those extra pounds, it could very well be an underactive thyroid.
Many people whose test results are dismissed as normal could continue to have symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Their moods, emotions, and overall well-being are affected by this imbalance, yet they are not receiving the care they need to get to the root of their problems.
Other signs that your thyroid is in trouble. Do you have more than 3 of these?
Frequent viral infections
Ringing in the ears
Sensitivity to cold/heat
Cold hands and feet
Tingling in hands and feet
Lack of concentration
Natural ways to improve thyroid function:
* In addition to including coconut oil in your diet, try these other natural ways to balance your thyroid function.
> Follow a gluten-free diet, which has also been shown to improve thyroid function. Research has found a link between wheat allergies and thyroid disease.
> Practice stress reduction techniques such as meditation or deep-breathing. Chronic stress is said to be one of the main triggers of hypothyroidism.
> Avoid chemicals like triclosan, which is commonly found in items like antibacterial soap, deodorant and lotions.
> Supplement with probiotics, as good thyroid functioning depends on a supply of healthy gut bacteria.
> Make sure you’re getting enough iodine, B-vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, zinc and copper.
Limit exposure to fluoride and mercury.
> Follow an anti-inflammatory diet by eliminating processed foods and eating as many whole, organic foods as possible.
> Exercise — this is especially important to correct thyroid function. Walking briskly for 30 minutes a day is a good place to start.