The thyroid gland is a small gland located in the neck, but since its role is vital for us, its dysfunction leads to severe health problems.
Its main function is to control the metabolism, which is the rate at which the body cells perform duties which are essential to life, and thus affects our overall health.
As explained by the Cleveland Clinic,
“To control metabolism, the thyroid produces hormones, T4 and T3, which tell the body’s cells how much energy to use.
A properly functioning thyroid will maintain the right amount of hormones needed to keep the body’s metabolism functioning at a satisfactory rate. As the hormones are used, the thyroid creates replacements.
The quantity of thyroid hormones in the bloodstream is monitored and controlled by the pituitary gland.
When the pituitary gland, which is located in the center of the skull below the brain, senses either a lack of thyroid hormones or a high level of thyroid hormones, it will adjust its own hormone (TSH) and send it to the thyroid to tell it what to do.”
Yet, when the function of this gland is somehow impeded as a result of various influences, it becomes sluggish and causes various health complications.
A sluggish thyroid is a serious issue that needs to be remediated as soon as possible, so here are the most common signs of this condition that warn you to solve the problem on time:
1. Fatigue ( Fatigue and a lack of energy are among the most common signs of a sluggish thyroid. )
2. Weight Gain Or Inability To Lose Weight (A sluggish thyroid changes the hormonal balance in the body, and thus causes weight gain or weight loss resistance. )
3. Irregular Menstrual Cycle ( An underactive thyroid can cause severe menstrual cramps, heavy flow, irregular, too frequent, or longer periods. )
4. High Cholesterol ( In the case of thyroid problems, the levels of LDL cholesterol skyrocket, and increase the risk of cardiac disorders)
5. Dry And Itchy Skin ( Since the thyroid hormone is not released in the needed amount, the body dehydrates and stops sweating, so the skin becomes itchy and dry. )
6. Hair Fall And Dry Hair ( The hair becomes dry and starts to fall off. )
7. Depression And Mood Disorders (If the thyroid is underactive, it leads to mood swings, depression, sadness, anxiety, and other mood disorders)
8. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ( This syndrome is a combination of thyroid dysfunction and other symptoms, like tingling and numb sensation in the hands. )
9. Confusion ( A sluggish thyroid leads to confusion and dizziness, brain fog, and concentration loss)
10. Digestive Issues ( The reduced function of this gland affects digestion as well, leading to constipation and digestive issues.)
If you experience these symptoms, despite requiring medical care, you need to make some important lifestyle changes, as follows:
-- Lower the intake of crabs and avoid all kinds of processed foods
-- Increase the intake of healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, avocados; flax and chia seeds, etc.
-- Make sure you take the needed daily requirement of iodine
-- Exercise regularly and be physically active
-- Relieve stress, by practicing meditation, breathing techniques, walking in nature, prayer, yoga
-- Avoid gluten, as it can disrupt the function of the thyroid gland
-- Take probiotics, in the form of kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha.