If you are having trouble losing weight even though you work out like crazy or feel you eat correctly, you might be wondering if you have the symptoms of hypothyroidism. You may have even gone to a doctor and had the TSH test and been told you are perfectly fine – or at least in the normal range.
The thing about the TSH test is that it doesn’t actually mean anything on its own! You could be within the “normal” range and have a totally malfunctioning thyroid gland.
The good news is there are several tests that you can have done that can give you a more complete picture of what is happening inside your body and some of these tests you can do at home to give you a better idea about whether it is necessary to consult your physician for more thorough tests.
The thing about having the symptoms of hypothyroidism checked by a physician are that you really need to be informed before you go in. There is a better than even chance that you will know more about this disease than your doctor! So you need to be prepared. Do your research and understand what it is that you want your doctor to do for you. Should your doctor be the type that isn’t willing to look beyond the TSH test, you need to find a doctor who is.
You maybe wondering at this point, “well, what ARE the symptoms of hypothyroidism?” and maybe even, “what IS hypothyroidism?”
Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid production, can present in two different ways, primarily.
Hypothyroidism means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of your neck. It makes hormones that control the way your body uses energy. Webmd
and then there is Hashimoto’s Disease:
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common form of autoimmune thyroid disease. It occurs most often in women and older adults. The disease usually does not cause any pain and often goes unnoticed for years.
Treatment may be needed if symptoms of low thyroid production (hypothyroidism) occur or if the thyroid gland becomes inflamed and enlarged. Symptoms of an under active thyroid gland include fatigue, thinning hair, dry skin, and brittle nails. If the disease does not cause these problems, treatment may not be needed. Webmd
Knowing which one of these conditions you are suffering from will affect how you approach treating your condition in a natural and holistic way and whether or not you will need help from the medical profession.
Here is a short video that goes over the main symptoms of thyroid disfunction:
This is the very short list, there are actually over 300 symptoms of hypothyroidism. You can read HypothryoidismMom’s unbelievably long list of the symptoms of hypothyroidism, when you do you will come away thinking, and rightly so, that they little thyroid is almost as important as your brain!
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Infertility (and miscarriages)
- Alzheimer Disease
Which while it may sound strange at first blush, makes total sense. As you thyroid gland is the primary organ for regulating metabolism and energy production, when it isn’t functioning properly it affects your whole well being.
Immune System is Where?
Because 80% of your immune system is in your gut, what you eat is fundamentally important toward your over all health and the health of your thyroid. Though just trying to eat “healthy” might not be enough. Our food supply is so corrupted with chemicals – even in healthy things, like water, that you have to be extra vigilant about what you eat and when you eat it.
Supporting a healthy thyroid means taking your supplements at the right time with the right food combinations. Avoiding gluten, all oils except; olive, coconut and gee butter (clarified butter).
Even some of the foods that might be healthy otherwise, can cause real problems for those of us who suffer from hypothyroidism. Tom Brimeyer, a fellow sufferer of hypothyroidism, put together a comprehensive diet plan to address repairing the damage already done to our thyroids in the Thyroid Revolution. This video explains the product, what you can expect from it.
Put an end to the symptoms of hypothyroidism in your life by joining the Hypothyroidism Revolution today.