19 Indicators You May Have Hypothyroidism


According to Paleo For Women.com, “15 percent of women in America will develop hypothyroidism at some point in their adult lives.”  And according to The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the number of women undiagnosed with hypothyroidism is equal to the number diagnosed. For example, if 8 million American women know they have hypothyroidism, then 8 million women also have it, but are unaware.

1.) Tiredness/Fatigue

While fatigue can be attributed to a slew of other health issues, it is strongly associated with thyroid malfunction.

2.) Menstrual Cramps, Disorders or Hormone Imbalances

The thyroid works in tandem with the adrenals, hypothalamus, pituitary gland, ovarian tissue, and adrenal glands to produce hormones that keep your body running smoothly.

3.) You Suffer With Constipation

If you have insufficient thyroid function, other bodily functions will slow down.

4.) You Often Feel Cold

Your thyroid keeps cells working at the right energetic rate, while also keeping track of your basal body temperature. When one’s temperature is consistently under 98.6 degrees (more than a degree or so) Fahrenheit first thing in the morning may indicate poor thyroid function.

When testing your temperature, a mercury thermometer is generally more accurate than a digital one.

5.) You Have Poor Circulation or Struggle With Low Blood Pressure

Thyroid malfunction slows down all body symptoms including blood flow.

6.) You Have Brittle Nails, and Dry Skin and Hair

7.) Your Voice is Hoarse

8.) Your Neck Is Swollen

When the thyroid gland is unhealthy, the neck may swell.

9.) You Struggle With Brain Fog or Memory Retention

Like other processes in the body that slow down, the brain may become foggy and memory more difficult.

10.) Mood Issues Such As Depression

Thyroid function regulates Serotonin— the neurotransmitter that regulates feelings of peace, calm and connectedness. When the thyroid is underactive, feelings of calm and peace will also be reduced.

11.) Weight Gain

One of the primary systems affected is the metabolism.

12.) Lower Sex Drive

Sex drive is one of the first things to go when the reproductive system is stressed.

13.) You Often Feel Stressed

14.) You Eat a Low Carb Diet

Low-carb diets can make it more difficult to for your body to convert T3 to T4. Your liver needs adequate carbs to make T3 effectively.

15.) Low Levels of Iodine

Iodine is necessary for Thyroid Function.

16.) You Eat an Excessive Amount of Leafy Greens

According to PaleoForWomen.com, “Leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli all contain high levels of a group of molecules called “goitrogens.” Goitrogens are known to cause goiter, largely because they interfere with iodine uptake by the thyroid gland.”

17.) You Take. A Lithium- Based Medication 

Lithium inhibits thyroid hormone production

18.) The Outer Portion of Your Eyebrow is Thin or You Lose Hair Easily

19.) Your Blood Test Indicates An Issue

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