Symptoms of Hypothyroid - 
Home Thyroid Test

Symptoms of hypothyroid... the most common low thyroid symptoms are fatigue and intolerance to cold. 

If you are feeling cold all the time while everyone around you is warm have your thyroid levels checked. Before we look at thyroid disease symptoms first lets look at the thyroid and what it does.

Symptoms of hypothyroid

The thyroid is a small gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, located in the front of the neck. There are two halves to the thyroid, called lobes. They lie along the windpipe (trachea) and are joined together by a narrow band of thyroid tissue, known as the isthmus.

The thyroid’s function is to take iodine from foods and convert it into thyroid hormones. Since we don’t have the iodine in the majority of the foods that we eat, we can be short on this needed mineral, which is one of the causes of hypothyroidism.

The thyroid regulates metabolism, temperature and hormones a healthy thyroid can be helpful in

skin care as well as colon health and weight management. The thyroid gland is the body's internal thermostat regulating the body's temperature by secreting two hormones.

Theses hormones increase the consumption of oxygen and are essential to the normal growth of the organs as they increase the rate of protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. So basically they control how quickly the body burns calories and uses energy.

When too little hormone is secreted this results in hypothyroidism, too much results in hyperthyroidism.

The thyroid hormone affects every cell in the body.

We can not achieve optimal health without a properly functioning thyroid gland.

Hypothyroidism may be the most commonly missed diagnosis today! Many people feeling depressed are often given anti depressants when the cause is hypothyroidism. It affects women 5 times more than men.

Symptoms of hypothyroid

Some hypothyroidism symptoms include:

  • chronic fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling cold
  • Puffy face and eyelids as well as the tongue and larynx
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Muscle tone weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hair loss
  • Dry and scaly skin
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Cold extremities
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Painful premenstrual periods
  • Heavy periods
  • Muscle cramps
  • Recurrent infections

Home thyroid test

Basal body temperature test

This thyroid function test tells us the amount of energy your body burns at rest.

1.   Use an ordinary thermometer

2.  The night before place it on your nightstand.

3.   The first thing in the morning before you get out of bed, place the thermometer under your armpit for ten minutes. Keep still and quiet. 

4.   For women the temperature should be taken starting the second day of menstruation. the reason is because a considerable temperature rise may occur around ovulation and give incorrect results. If you miss a day that is okay but be sure to finish the test before ovulation.

5.   If the average temperature for the five days is lower than 97.8 F, then a thyroid condition is probable, get your thyroid checked.

Normal TSH levels - 
Thyroid test results

Often tests for hypothyroidism will turn up normal when there is a problem, or if you are on the far end of the norm the Doctor may not detect a problem.

The problem with the current lab rates is that the normal thyroid levels are set too high. They should be from .5 to 3.5, not 4.5. If your levels are over 3.5, consider you have thyroid issues. Ideally your levels will be around 1. 

40% of Americans have a thyroid issue, and 90% are iodine deficient. You can still be in the range and have a thyroid issue, the blood tests aren't always right. Ask your healthcare professional what your TSH level is.

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