|As it’s World Thyroid Day today, I wanted to focus this blog on our thyroid as it is a health challenge that I see come up quite often in my clinic.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits in your neck.
Do any of these symptoms sounds familiar to you?
I am only going to cover the symptoms you may be experiencing with an under-active thyroid as these are the ones I see more commonly in clinic. It usually manifests as a “slowing down” of mental and physical activity :
· Feeling depressed
· Poor memory and concentration
· Fatigue (throughout the day, not resolved by a good night’s sleep)
· Feeling sluggish
· Constipation as the movement of food through your intestines is slowed down
· Bloating (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth “SIBO” is often associated with hypothyroidism, where there is an overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestines which can be caused by slow movement of food. These bacteria start to produce methane gas which can cause the bloating)
· Weight gain and difficulty losing weight
· Slow pulse / slow heart rate
· Elevated cholesterol levels
· Generally feeling cold
· Dry skin
· Brittle nails that break easily
· Hair loss and / or hair thinning
· Shortness of breath
· Hoarseness or feeling of fullness in throat
· Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
· Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
· Muscle weakness
· Low libido
· Heavy or irregular menstrual periods