Small but extremely significant, the thyroid gland has an effect on nearly every cell, organ and tissue in the body. The thyroid gland is nestled under the voice box in the throat. It is shaped like a butterfly and is primarily responsible for the production of master metabolism hormones which controls body functions.
Thyroid hormone plays a crucial role in weight management by controlling the process of burning fat. Apart from weight management it is also essential in regulation of growth and early development in children.
Research reveals that nearly a majority of Americans suffer from suboptimal production of thyroid. Under secretion from the thyroid glands is the leading cause of irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, eczema, acne, infertility, gum disease and autoimmune disorders.
Hypothyroidism is a condition caused when the thyroid gland produces an insufficient amount of thyroid hormone which is often linked to iodine deficiency. In the United States, women over the age of 60 have subclinical hypothyroidism. Such a condition shows no visible symptoms and is diagnosed only through specific lab tests.
It is a tricky business to rightly identify hypothyroidism because most of them are non-obvious and common with other disorders. Observing the patients for clues is the best way to detect hypothyroidism. Look for these signs:
Sudden weight gain: Difficulty losing weight or gaining weight easily despite a strict exercise regime and calorie deficient diet, is a primary indicator of an underactive thyroid gland.
Lethargy: Typical signs of thyroid dysfunction are lack of energy and fatigue. In a few cases, depression is also triggered by this condition. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression have the doctor perform a thyroid test, to rule it out. Dysfunctional thyroid is not the cause of all tiredness or lack of energy. Energy loss linked to thyroid begins when the patient cannot keep the energy long enough as compared to previous levels in the past. Obvious signs of hypothyroidism are:
Feeling sleepy anywhere because of tiredness, especially in the afternoon. Feeling drained of energy while working out. Lacking the energy to work out on a regular basis. A heavy head in the afternoon. Head is most sensitive to changes in the thyroid activity.
Sensitivity to cold: Those who suffer from hypothyroidism are slow to warm up even when they’re in a sauna. Sweating begins in such patients after moderate exercise. They feel cold all the time.
Hair loss: In women especially, unexpected hair loss can be blamed on hypothyroidism. If hair loss is a reaction to hypothyroidism, hair will grow back when the condition is treated.
Tangled hair, rough and scaly skin: Dry skin which does not respond to intensive moisturizing lotions or creams is a sign of hypothyroidism.
Low basal temperature: If the average temperature of a patient over a period of three days is less than 97.6 F, it is a definite sign of hypothyroidism. Body Basal Temperature (BBT) is best determined by using a thermometer.
A mild case of hypothyroidism is characterized by one symptom. If you experience most of the symptoms, it is a sign of a severe hypothyroidism. Those with a family history of the condition are at a higher risk. When you start seeing the first signs, begin home remedies. Management of hypothyroidism is easy in the early stages. As it progresses, natural remedies may not be enough.
Endocrine web identifies cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli and kale, apart from omega 3 and Vitamin D rich food like olive oil and salmon to ease the symptoms of hypothyroidism. When you put healthy things into the body, it reacts in a positive way. Those suffering from hypothyroidism must put in a little extra; a little extra goes a long way.
Tea drinkers will be joyed to know that there is a natural tangy recipe to ease hypothyroidism symptoms. A concoction which will not only boost immunity but also delivers the essential vitamins to the body.
Tea Ingredients – 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger, 3/4 tablespoon orange juice, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice, Water
To prepare this tea, first boil two glasses of water. When the water starts to boil, add the ginger, Ceylon cinnamon, cranberry juice and nutmeg. Allow the solution to sit for 20 minutes. Remove the tea from the flame. When you’re ready to drink it, add a quarter spoon of lemon and orange juice.
Natural remedies are the best ways to combat symptoms of any disorders, especially hypothyroidism. These can be used as supplementary treatments apart from the medications prescribed by the doctor. The best aspect of resorting to natural remedies is lack of side effects. They also bring in overall health by boosting other bodily functions. Here, in this recipe, orange and lemon juice are rich sources of Vitamin C, ginger is effective in preventing nausea, in reducing muscle soreness and pain, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Regular consumption of this tea will have you feeling more energetic and healthy. See if it works for you. Don’t keep this simply wonderful tea all to yourself, pass it on and help others like you.
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