This week I aim to open up the conversation and awareness around thyroid health. This is a health issue that I have personal experience of both in myself and many of my clients at Soma Wellness. I have noticed a trend of people being unaware of the importance of their thyroid, what it is and most importantly the lack of information provided by GP’s and Endocrinologist on how we can support our own thyroid health.
Many people who have thyroid health problems, take their recommended medication but yet see their blood results not improving or gradually getting worse and sadly this can be the same for the symptoms of thyroid issues, no ease up on the symptoms and over time getting progressively worse and not better.
Thankfully there are many simple lifestyle changes that we can decide to implement on a consistent daily basis that will help support our thyroid and hopefully start reducing the sometimes debilitating symptoms that comes with this hormonal imbalance.
Through a week long focus of Thyroid Health, I hope to inspire, empower and inform you so, that you will start to dig deeper, ask more questions, start to do your own reading and research on the topic and become an active participant in your life, living it the optimal potential that you have.
Are you ready………
To start with, we need to understand the thyroid, where it is and what it does. The Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland located in our necks. It is part of the endocrine system. In simple terms the endocrine system regulates the hormones in our body, but it is a complex and intertwined network.
The Thyroid gland produces different types of hormones (more on this during the week) For now we need to know the thyroid is pretty much involved in every cell function and helps to regulate vital body functions such as;
- Heart rate
- Blood Pressure
- Menstrual Cycle
- Body Temperature
Naturally if the Thyroid Hormones are off balance, your going to feel off balance. When our Thyroid starts to produce too little of the hormones it is know as Hypothyroidism or more commonly known as an underactive thyroid. If our thyroid produces too much it is known as Hyperthyrodism or overactive.
The classical signs of having an underactive thyroid are (but not limited to);
- Slow metabolism, which can result in weight gain or unable to loose weight
- Feeling cold alot more
- Slow sluggish digestive system, constipation
- Low mood, feeling of depression, unmotivated
- Fatigue / Tiredness
- Brain fog, poor memory
The classical signs of an over active thyroid can be but not limited to;
- Weight loss
- Hair loss
- Increase in appetite
- Heart palpitations
Remember that the thyroid is involved in regulating vital body functions, knowing this the list of possible signs and symptoms can be anything.
If any of the above symptoms are resonating with you, I would encourage to make an appointment with your GP and have your blood work done and chat to them regarding your symptoms. Don’t push how you are feeling because you might be a new mom or your going through a stressful time or your caring for a family member or your working long hours, whatever way you may justify how your feeling. You are here to thrive in life, not just survive, dig deep and take ownership of your health and wellness.
Disclaimer: I am not medically trained so please take the information provided here as educational purpose. I strongly recommend to go and talk to your GP, Doctor, Endocrinologist or medical profession. Start the conversation and get involved in your health and wellness.