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HEALTH ADVICE

Boost Your Low Thyroid and Metabolism

John Gray

It is estimated that 20 million Americans suffer from a thyroid condition and 12 million of them are unaware they have a thyroid problem. Women are 5 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems and 1 out of 8 women will develop a thyroid disorder at some point in life.

Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the neck that influences a variety of bodily functions and greatly influences your mood and energy levels. The thyroid gland is sometimes called the body's thermostat because it controls energy flow. Hypothyroidism, also called low thyroid, means the gland isn't producing enough hormones to do its job. This shortage of thyroid hormones also makes you feel sluggish at every level.


Low Energy and Low Thyroid

You may be feeling sluggish in the morning and have trouble with your memory, concentration and focus. Your metabolism and digestion may move slower, which causes weight gain, constipation and even high cholesterol. Your hands and feet may feel colder than normal and your hair and skin may feel more dry and coarse (your hair may even fall out). You may start feeling depressed, anxious or moody or experience really bad PMS, cramps or periods. you may have muscle pains and feel more bloated. You may even find that the outer third of your eyebrows are gone. These are all signs of low thyroid.

Most of these symptoms may sound like a normal part of growing old. It's not unusual for a woman between 30 and 50 years old to feel tired, bummed out, and a little bit overweight. This is why thyroid health is often ignored by doctors. Most doctors specialize in acute illness, but they often fail miserably when it comes to addressing subtle changes in your body that affect the quality of your life.

In many cases, doctors assume a woman is simply going through perimenopause or suffering mild depression. "It's all too common for a doctor to hear 'tired, moody, forgetful' and offer the patient a prescription for antidepressants," explains Richard Shames, M.D., of San Rafael, California, a thyroid specialist.

Thyroid disease puts you at risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and infertility. Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.

 

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  • John Gray
     12/5/2015 10:11:43 AM
    Hi Anitramic- I would ask your doctor or naturopathic doctor in your area to review the supplements with the patient's meds and medical history.
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