One serious cause of thyroid dysfunction is iodine deficiency. We get very little of it in our modern diet but iodine is a nutrient obtainable from food. It may seem overly simplistic to use food for thyroid health but it works and could be the answer in your particular case to getting this important gland functioning normally again.
Hyperthyroidism (less common) is the term used when your thyroid produces too much hormones. It is also referred to as an overactive thyroid. This condition can result in unexplained weight loss, feeling jittery or anxious, inability to relax, lack of focus, rapid heart rate, fatigue, marked increase to appetite, deterioration of nails, skin, and hair, heart disease, irritability, sleep irregularity, and intolerance to heat.
Hypothyroidism (most common) is the term used when your thyroid produces too little hormones. It is also referred to as an underactive or sluggish thyroid. You may notice no symptoms initially but they tend to worsen as time goes by. Deficiency in these essential hormones lead to feelings of fatigue, depression, obesity, pain in joints, muscle weakness, deterioration of hair, skin, and nails, heart disease, poor memory and focus, and intolerance to cold.
Hashimoto’s Disease is an autoimmune condition. Your immune system malfunctions and sends out antibodies to attack thyroid tissue. Over time, the thyroid is beaten down and unable to function properly. The majority of patients with hypothyroidism test positive for these antibodies. It is important to keep your immune system strong and lower body-wide inflammation to prevent these antibodies from destroying your thyroid.
10 Symptoms of Thyroid Malfunction
- Fatigue: Persistent exhaustion no matter how much sleep you get.
- Poor Sleep Quality: Being unable to sleep or wanting to sleep all the time.
- Mood Swings: Feelings of sadness or anxiety.
- Appetite Changes: Changes to food preferences or altered taste.
- Brain Fog: Inability to concentrate or difficulty with simple cognition.
- Bowel Irregularity: Bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea.
- Temperature Sensitivity: You persistently feel too hot or too cold.
- Chronic Pain: Aches in joints or muscles for no particular reason.
- Reproductive Issues: Infertility, miscarriages, or premature births.
- Menstrual Changes: An increase or decrease in cramps, flow, or length of periods.
5 Best Foods for Thyroid Health
- Seaweed and seafood (scallops, shrimp, sardines, salmon, and tuna)
- Yogurt, eggs, and cheese
- Coconut oil
- Cranberries and cranberry juice
- Baked potatoes (with skin)
- Soy products
- Refined gluten grains
- Sodas, alcohol, or excessive coffee
- Hydrogenated oils (avoid processed or fast foods)
- Refined sugar