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 secretes hormones that control weight management, energy, food metabolism, sleep and many other functions.
The issue is compounded because many, including myself, are either told their thyroid is fine, or doctors go straight for hormone therapy. Both can lead to hormone imbalance, and can cause further damage to your thyroid if the root 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.
When addressing long-term fatigue or chronic illnesses, like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Obesity, Fibromyalgia, etc. , doctors often have a difficult time correcting these conditions. Symptoms overlap with many other conditions and are deemed normal for today's living. The only option doctor often have is to treat the treat the symptoms, which again doesn't address the root cause. And over time, this only makes matters worse.
What is common for long-term fatigue suffers and among chronic illness conditions is that there was usually a long history of physical and/or emotional stress. Research shows, chronic stress can cause your thyroid to go off balance.
Looking at the quote, there are four points that should sound 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 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. You can manage many of your symptoms relatively easily and naturally. Focus on nutrient density to encourage healing and repairing functions, and movement to promote healthy circulation, lymph function, cardiac health and more.
6 Tips for Natural Thyroid Support
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 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. This helps speed up your metabolism, 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.
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