The thyroid gland is butterfly shaped and sits at the front of your neck. It produces hormones which regulate the pace of most body functions including metabolism and the speed of our organ functions. Thyroid dysfunction can affect weight, energy levels, appetite and mood and will depend on whether you have an under or over active thyroid. About 1 in 10 people will have a thyroid issue in their lifetime.
Overactive (hyperthyroidism) leads to excessive thyroid hormone and increases metabolic rate. Symptoms include : heat intolerance, weight loss,sweating, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, increased heart rate, tremor, high blood pressure.
Underactive (hypothyroidism) leads to a slowed metabolic rate and can lead to symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue, depression, irritability, weight gain, cold weather intolerance, brittle hair and slowed heart rate.
What can I do ?
Treatment of thyroid imbalances are dependent on your symptoms and levels of thyroid hormone. For overactive thyroid function there are many calming herbs which provide support for the symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia and generally running too hot that comes with hyperthyroidism.
Insufficient thyroid hormone leaves you feeling tired, cold and sometimes depressed. Many people are being treated these days with antidepressant medications. It’s worth having your thyroid function tested to see if this is the culprit to blame for your low mood.
Low levels of thyroid function can be treated using herbal medicines and nutritional supplements to help energise the body and improve health
Gratitude Day 13 – I’m feeling grateful for a day at home – cleaning up, sorting out the clutter and general pottering about. Sometimes a simple day at home is worth it’s weight in gold.