For many I speak with about long-term fatigue, thyroid issues are also a concern. Not only are many diagnosed with thyroid dysfunction, many more suspect that the labs aren’t telling the whole story. Doctor’s say their thyroid is fine, but they don’t ‘feel’ fine. They experience the symptoms regardless of what the labs indicate.
A few of the more common symptoms are weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, depression and severe muscle and joint pain. This gland, located in the front of your neck, secretes hormones that control weight management, energy, how you metabolize food, sleep and many other functions.
The issue is compounded by the fact that many, including myself, are either told their thyroid is fine, or doctors go straight for hormone therapy if there is an indication of thyroid dysfunction in their labs. Both can lead you toward of a path of hormone imbalance and can cause further damage to your thyroid if the underlying cause is not addressed.
Here is a blurb from an article by Thyroid UK;
The deficient thyroid hormone regulation results from two conditions. First is an undiagnosed or undertreated deficiency of thyroid hormone. Second is the resistance of patients' tissues to thyroid hormone. “Resistance” means that patients' tissues need higher than “normal” amounts of thyroid hormone to maintain normal metabolism.
Several factors in addition to deficient thyroid hormone regulation complicate many patients' conditions. The four most common are nutritional deficiencies, an unwholesome diet, poor physical fitness, and drugs that slow metabolism. Some patients also have deficiencies or imbalances of other hormones, such as cortisol, estrogen, and progesterone.
Going back to chronic illness, like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Obesity, Fibromyalgia, etc. , for a minute, doctors have had a hard time dealing with these conditions. Symptoms overlap with so many other conditions and many are seen as normal for today's living. And often doctors are left with treating the symptoms as their only option, which again doesn't address the underlying cause. And over time, in my experience, this only makes matters worse.
What is common for among chronic illness conditions is that there was usually a long history of physical and/or emotional stress. In the case of thyroid dysfunction, it’s been known that stress over time can cause your thyroid to go off balance.
Looking at the quote, there are four points that should have sounded familiar; nutritional deficiencies, a poor diet, lack of exercise and prescriptions that slow your metabolism. Individuals suffering with long-term fatigue or with any form of chronic illness tend to experience all four of these prior to the onset, and which often continues.
Whether you have concerns over your thyroid, or suspect you are heading for a crash, these four points hold true. The good news is that all four are within your ability to manage on your own or with little support. You have the power to take matters in your own hands to support your thyroid health and manage many of your symptoms relatively easily and naturally, utilizing food and nutrients to encourage healing and repairing functions and movement to promote healthy circulation, lymph function, cardiac health and more.
To naturally assist your thyroid and help manage your symptoms, try to:
- Focus on nutrient dense foods and eliminate processed foods from your diet.
- Reduce or remove food allergies and sensitivities from your diet so your gut is functioning better and you can absorb more nutrients.
- Practice stress relief activities to assist adrenal support and lessen muscle tension.
- Identify and treat the underlying causes of hypothyroidism, like food allergies, gluten, heavy metals, nutritional deficiencies, and stress.
- Get moving and energize your body with exercise, which not only helps to speed up metabolism, it increases blood flow, produces feel good hormones and more.
- Sweat to help your body’s natural ability to detox. Use saunas and heat to eliminate stored toxins, which interfere with thyroid function.
You may need additional support, but all of these are within your control and do not include more medication which can further inhibit your body’s natural ability to perform heal and repair activities in order to balance itself.
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