I wanted to share this topic about low thyroid function or hypothyroid because it relates to me personally.
I was recently hospitalized for an irregular heart beat (atrial tachycardia), and blood tests showed that I had an elevated TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and a thyroid problem. This hormone is produced by the pituitary gland and being elevated meant that the thyroid was not producing enough thyroid hormone.
Therefore, a low thyroid or underactive thyroid was diagnosed.
Hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid may begin to develop in our 20’s or 30’s. The T3 and T4 (thyroid hormone) blood tests may be normal but we may or may not have symptoms. Hypothyroid is 4 times as common in women as in men.
In an article written by Mayo Clinic, they state “Hypothyroidism seldom causes symptoms in early stages, but over time, untreated hypothyroidism can cause a number of health problems such as obesity, joint pain, infertility, and heart disease.”
Some symptoms which are common to peri-menopause and menopause are similar to low thyroid function. Some of the 2 dozen symptoms include:
-- weight gain
-- fatigue (tiredness)
-- ice cold hands or feet
-- dry skin
-- hair loss (alopecia)
-- brain fog
-- poor sleep
-- tingling of the hands and feet
-- muscle pain
-- edema (ankle swelling)
-- elevated cholesterol
Symptoms for me in the peri menopause stage were weight gain, depression, and fatigue. After menopause more symptoms of cold hands, weight gain, elevated cholesterol, fatigue, and brain fog showed up.
Some researchers feel hormonal imbalances act as a trigger for hypothyroid or low thyroid. Perhaps the increase of estrogen and decrease of progesterone could block the action of thyroid hormones. So balancing the ratio among all of our hormones--estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone could decrease the
chance of thyroid problems.
Having an essential mineral of iodine is necessary for good thyroid function. The thyroid gland has a relationship with other glands of our endocrine system and governs how our body works or functions as a unit. This was the case for me, being depleted of the iodine mineral.
Many of us with low thyroid function are iodine deficient. Inadequate dietary intake of iodine sources and exposure to toxic substances that displace iodine are the 2 main reasons for this.
The toxic substances are called toxic halides. Fluoride, bromine, and chloride are the toxic substances with fluoride being the worst. Fluoride is a by-product of aluminum.
Poor thyroid function may lead to other more severe thyroid problems.
Hashimotos is an autoimmune thyroid problem. This could cause the immune system to attack the thyroid gland.
Another thyroid condition which could result is Grave’s disease or hyperthyroidism.
How I am treating my low thyroid or hypothyroid?
1. By having a water filter to remove the fluoride and chlorine out of the water I drink. I use toothpaste without fluoride.
Other resources like Dr. Mercola advise placing a filter on the shower head to remove fluoride as well.
Warm water opens the skin pores and allows entry of fluoride. The hot steam we breathe in as we are bathing contains fluoride. Having a shower bathroom fan running while showering will assist in removal of the fluoride vapors.
2. I also take an iodine mineral supplement called Thyroid Support. I purchased this from Community Pharmacy, who have an excellent source of natural and homeopathic supplies.
My Thyroid Support includes kelp (iodine source), bladder wrack fronds, schisandra berry, ashwagandha root, coleus root, L-Tyrosine.
3. I also take fish oil which is a good source of Omega 3 which is beneficial for our endocrine and cardiovascular systems. The fish oil is from anchovy ,sardine, and mackerel.
"My last blood tests showed that my previous low thyroid function or hypothyroid was in a normal range!"
"I feel so much better with less fatigue, have lost the weight gain, no more unusually cold hands, and my cholesterol counts are good."
"I just want to encourage women to follow your gut instincts when you feel your body isn’t functioning right and pursue getting the assistance you need in balancing your body."
One last tidbit, and that is a statement about migraines-- during the peri menopause time migraines might even be eliminated with balancing of hormones.
Women To Women--Changing Women's Health, Naturally
AOL Health--Your Health Today
The Health Institute of Texas--Iodine Support