Get your thyroid checked on a regular basis.
One or two blood tests every year could make a huge difference in your overall health. The thyroid gland is an endocrine gland located in the front of our necks. It stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in our bodies. Thyroid hormone regulates our metabolic rate and is associated with modest changes in body weight and energy levels. Optimal thyroid levels not only reduce the risk for heart disease and cancer, but also reduce weight, increase energy, improve collagen production for better skin, reduce cholesterol, and improve hair growth.
What are some signs your thyroid may not be working properly?
- Feeling run down, exhausted, drowsy and/or fatigued, even with proper rest
- Feelings of depression or lack of interest in things previously enjoyed
- Increased and/or heavier menstrual periods, PMS, fertility/miscarriage issues
- Constipation, even with adequate fiber intake
- Forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty learning or feeling like you are in a ”fog”
- Unexplained weight gain beyond a few pounds, increased fluid retention and/or puffy face
- Dry and/or itchy skin, even with regular moisturizer use.
- Dry, brittle nails and hair (with or without thinning)
- Hoarse voice and/or difficulty swallowing
- Intolerance to cold, especially in extremities such as fingers and toes
- Muscle cramps
If you are experiencing a handful of these symptoms, make an appointment with your family doctor. A simple blood test could make drastic changes in your lifestyle and overall health.