Do you suspect your thyroid is low,
but aren’t sure how to decipher a laundry list of possible symptoms?
I’ve seen the gamut in my 13 years of private practice as an acupuncturist and whole food nutrition consultant. Low thyroid can cause just about anything and everything to go wonky in the body.
Your thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in your throat just below your Adam’s apple, is your body’s control tower.
The thyroid gland is a big part of the hormonal brigade.
It works right along with the pituitary, adrenals, ovaries and pancreas.
Because of this overarching role, it can seem like almost any symptom could relate to a thyroid issue. And that impression is not all that far from the truth.
But, if you experiencing one or more of the signs below (regularly),
then you might be a candidate for low thyroid.
These are the 10 telltale signs of an underactive thyroid:
1. Low energy. Your thyroid and adrenal glands work hand in hand.
These glands are all about energy production and output. Low energy is a big, red flag, for a hormonal glitch.
2. Hair loss. Your hair growth follows a natural cycle of growth and resting phases.
Think of it as “growth spurts.” Because the thyroid regulates hair growth, abnormal changes in thyroid hormones will lead to hair loss.
3. Weight gain. Your thyroid is the master of metabolism. If you see the lbs. creeping up, it’s likely your thyroid is dragging its feet.
4. Poor concentration. Two of the three hormones made by the thyroid (T3 and T4) have been shown to have a major influence on your brain’s activity. If your thyroid isn’t able to make enough of these hormones, you’re brain is going to have a hard time connecting the dots.
5. Lagging libido. Your thyroid communicates directly with your sex glands. So if you’re not feeling the mojo lately, you might want to take a closer look at your thyroid.
6. Irregular cycles. If your cycle is having it’s ups and downs then you might consider checking in on your thyroid. Painful cycles- either long or short- can be due to a disruption in thyroid hormones.
7. Poor immune system. Because your thyroid helps with calcium absorption and assimilation, it’s a key player in your immune system. If you find yourself getting colds and flus way too often or they’re too hard to shake, than your thyroid could be involved.
8. Cold hands and feet. Your thyroid is involved with energy production and heat for your body. Cold hands and feet, irregular body temperatures, even heat flares tend to point to a weak thyroid.
9. Feeling moody. Most gals know that hormones run their emotions. If feelings are running amok, it might be your first clue to a thyroid imbalance.
10. Disrupted Sleep. Having a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep? Insomnia can throw off your hormones and vice versa. If you’re unable to go into a deep rest at night, your thyroid could be a contributor. If a couple of bells rang for you while reading this list, check out my guide to thyroid testing, including self-tests, blood tests, and hair tests.
Now, a question for you… Have you had a feeling that your thyroid isn’t up to par?
What were the first signs that made you think that you might have an issue with your thyroid?
Please share in comments below.