When you’re driving a car with no gas in the tank, you’re not going to get very far. Granted, the car will run on fumes for a few miles, but getting to your destination will be futile. Your thyroid is no different in terms of regulating your metabolism.
According to the Canadian Thyroid Association, about 200 million people in the world have some sort of thyroid disease and over 20 million Americans have a thyroid disorder.
Our thyroid is essential for many reasons, the main one is regulating our weight and helping with weight loss. However, with so many thyroid disorders being misdiagnosed, it’s become even more essential to keep it healthy and try to prevent any harm from coming to it. Read on to find out more about the thyroid and how to boost its function.
How Does the Thyroid Function: The thyroid hormones in our body regulate our metabolism and all of our organ functions. They directly affect our heart rate, cholesterol level, energy, muscle, body weight, and our skin and hair texture. It also affects our memory, mood and other important bodily functions.
So if our thyroid is not functioning properly, every system in our body will slow down. One of the main disorders that cause this is called hypothyroidism. Those who feel tired or sleep a lot suffer from this disorder. They typically have a slow digestion and have significant weight gain. They may also experience dry skin, slower thinking and hair loss.
Signs of Hypothyroidism: There are many different symptoms of an under active thyroid. Many people do not even show any signs. But, if you experience two or more of the following symptoms, you should consult your doctor immediately.
Feeling Cold: If you live in a country that has very cold temperatures, than this might not be the best symptom to go off of. However, if the temperature is warm and you are still feeling cold, or if the temperature is cold and your body is not adjusting to it at all, you may have a thyroid disorder.
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