10 Warning Signs of a Thyroid Problem (And What Can Be Done About It)


An estimated 25 million Americans have a Thyroid problem and half are not even aware of it. With proper detection and treatment, Thyroid Health can be restored. Here are 10 Warning Signs your Thyroid may be underactive.


  1. You sleep 8-10 hours and still feel tired or have to take naps during the day.                                                                     
  2. You gain weight easily and struggle to lose weight.
  1. Mood swings, anxiety or depression are common.
  1. Experience significant Hormone imbalance (e.g. Severe PMS, Irregular Periods, Infertility)
  1. Often experience Muscle and Joint Pain or Tendonitis.
  1. Hands and feet often feel cold regardless of weather or you consistently have a low body temperature. 
  1. Dry Skin, Brittle Nails and Excessive Hair Loss.
  1. Constipation is commonly experienced.
  1. Cognitive issues such as brain fog, poor concentration or poor memory.                                                                                                                         
  2. Neck swelling, snoring or often have a hoarse voice.


What Helps:

As Kris Carr says, our health is influenced by how we eat, drink and think; and Thyroid health is no different.  Here are 10 steps you can take to support your Thyroid Health:

  1. Right Nutrition: Make sure you’re taking a high quality multivitamin with Selenium, Iodine, Zinc and Vitamin A, C, D and E as they are all important for thyroid hormone production.
  2. Support Adrenals: The adrenal glands and thyroid work hand and hand, so consider a good Phytosterol Supplement to support the adrenal glands in coping with stress.
  3. Eat Organic:  to reduce exposure to environmental toxins.Some recent research suggests that pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) lower the T3 hormone.
  4. Go Gluten-Free! If you have Hashimoto’s, try going completely grain and legume free.
  1. De-stress: Yes, A-Type Personalities! Whether through yoga, meditation, chamomile tea, more sleep or hiking in nature; whatever works for you. Under times of stress, the hormone cortisol suppresses TSH production. Managing stress is one of the best ways to ensure your thyroid gland doesn’t slow down.
  1. Exercise: Find something you enjoy doing, preferably with a group and a great instructor, coach or trainer.
  1. Sleep: Get 8 to 10 hours of quality sleep a night.
  1. Penny for Your Thoughts? Look at How You’re Thinking? I know it sounds weird, but stressful thoughts lead to stressful bodies. Do these negative thought patterns sound familiar? Do you feel like a victim or unfulfilled in life, that you that you never get to do what you want to do? Or that it’s never your turn? Then do whatever it takes to try out a different perspective for 3 weeks (e.g. I am the power and authority in my life, I choose to be free or I now express myself freely and creatively).
  1. Detox: Get fluoride, bromide and chlorine out of your diet and environment.
  2. Seek Help: Find a good holistic, integrative of functional doctor in your area and have them run a laboratory test and work with you to find the root cause of the thyroid imbalance.It is important to identify whether you have a thyroid problem so you can get the help you need to feel like yourself again.


With the proper action, Thyroid Issues can be corrected. As always, be sure to check with your Healthcare Professional before making any diet or lifestyle changes.

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Christopher Drummond
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