Thyroid related diseases have so many symptoms that seem like something else, it’s easy to begin to wonder if that’s your issue. When someone thinks they may be dealing with a thyroid issue they make the mistake of googling the symptoms. The list is endless and just about everyone that is breathing could check off a good number on the list. Here’s just a few of the more prominent ones according to Mayoclinic.com:
- Heightened sensitivity to cold
- Unexplained weight gain
- Dry skin
- Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
- Heavier than normal or irregular menstrual periods
- Thinning hair
- Slowed heart rate
- Impaired memory
- Muscle weakness
- Pale, puffy face
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism you know it is a pretty serious concern. Hypo simply means the thyroid is under-active.
The main purpose of the thyroid hormone is to be in charge of the body’s metabolism, it makes perfect sense that symptoms include a slow metabolism. Approximately 10 million Americans have this medical condition. In fact it is estimated that as many as 10% of women may have some degree of thyroid hormone deficiency. It can easily be mistaken for something else (like mental illness for example) and millions of people are currently hypothyroid and don’t know it. (endocrineweb.com)
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Many people when faced with the news actually hope for a pill that would suddenly make all your problems disappear, make you skinnier, bubbling over with energy and lose the feeling that you are a giant puff ball at times and believe this change will occur as soon as you pop the magic medication. But then the doctor writing the script casually mentions the side effects are sleepiness, weight gain, hair thinning and possible tremors.
Unfortunately most people are told by medical professions, you will need to be on a medication for this condition for the rest of your life. That’s a pretty scary thought and not necessarily the road to take towards health and healing.
Dr. Mercola suggests that thyroid issues are on the rise due to drinking chlorinated and fluoridated water and eating brominated flour. Chlorine, fluoride, and bromine are all in the same family as iodine, and can displace iodine in your thyroid gland. Many people simply aren’t getting enough iodine in their diet to begin with. The amount you get from iodized salt is just barely enough to prevent you from getting a goiter. Another issue on the rise is that heavy metal toxicity can cause a functional form of hypothyroidism.
Stress, diet and toxins all contribute to the demise of a well functioning thyroid. Consider alternative hypothyroidism treatments that have shown promising results. All healing begins with attitude and remember what you focus on expands. If we keep our focus on being sick, we tend to get more sickness. Make better healthier choices daily and you’ll be on the right path.