Many people are unaware of the thyroid gland’s significance, until it begins to function at a suboptimal level. Hypothyroidism is a term to describe an under-active thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck and is part of the endocrine system, meaning it produces hormones. Every cell in the body has receptors for thyroid hormones, which indicates that your cells NEED these hormones to function properly and keep you feeling well.
Below are some of the well-known signs, as well as, some surprising and less commonly known signs that your thyroid may need help.
Commonly Known Signs & Symptoms of Low Functioning Thyroid:
- Slowed metabolism
- Weight gain without trying, difficulty losing weight
- Hair loss (including thinning of the outer third of your eyebrows)
- Cold hands and feet
- Fatigue, low energy
- Sleeping more than usual
Less Well-Known Signs & Symptoms of Low Functioning Thyroid:
- Elevated cholesterol
- Brain fog, poor concentration
- Depression, anxiety, or mood swings
- Changes in bowel habits, mainly constipation
- Low libido
- Inability to sweat
- Dry skin
- Hormone imbalance, infertility
- Slowed heartbeat
Suspect you may have an underactive thyroid? Don’t guess, test!
A comprehensive thyroid panel is the best way to assess your thyroid’s overall function.
Request the following labs from your Physician:
TSH, Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO Ab), and Thyroglobulin Antibody (TgAb)
Not sure how to interpret the results or how to heal and support your thyroid naturally? Perhaps your Physician will not run the labs listed above.
Do not worry! Puro Wellness Center and Spa can help! Call today (734-716-5588) to reserve your seat for a FREE dinner seminar and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sullivan.
Don’t delay in caring for your body, start feeling better and regain your health today!
Article Author: Alisha Lorincz, R.D.N., IFNCP
References: Myers, A. M.D. (2016). The Thyroid Connection. New York, NY: Little, Brown and Company.