Could something be wrong with my thyroid?
In my practice, I often see people struggling with fatigue, fuzzy brain and difficulty of losing weight, especially once they are 40 years or older. The thyroid is a hormonal gland that can get out of balance and the only way to diagnose if a thyroid is underfunctioning is to get a thyroid blood test panel. But, there are also many clues from your body that can point towards a challenged thyroid and many simple things you can do to keep your thyroid healthy.
Key points of this video:
The thyroid is a gland, that weighs about 1 oz, has a butterfly shape and is located in your throat area.
Look out for these symptoms related to a sluggish thyroid: fatigue, lack of motivation, feeling “blah”, not able to lose weight, even with exercise and eating less, feeling depressed, not sleeping well, feeling cold all the time, constipation and dry, flaky skin.
Make sure you are getting these trace minerals in your diet because these support your thyroid: IODINE (from seaweed) - SELENIUM (eat a couple of Brazil Nuts each day) - ZINC (eat good quality, grass-fed meat; pasture-raised eggs) - SODIUM (cook with high quality salt, such as Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt)
Reduce your exposure or avoid so-called halogens: these compete for the Iodine receptors in your thyroid. They are Chlorine (consider a showerhead that traps chlorine; avoid anything bleached = think white bread, rice, pastry); Bromide (check the label of your bread) and Flouride (toothpaste, municipal drinking water)
Healing your thyroid takes time, there is no quick fix. There are many different strategies and you have to find what works for you. Thyroid medications and supplements are tolerated very differently from person to person. It’s important that you communicate with your Doctor and healthcare provider on how you feel.