What does the shape of butterflies and January have in common?
Thyroid Awareness Month that is!
You’ve heard us talking about all things hormones and balance this month — and your thyroid (the butterfly-shaped gland located under the Adam's apple) — is a key player in how your hormones work together in the body.
Your overall wellness can be directly linked to hormones and thyroid and almost 40% of people in the U.S. suffer from thyroid and hormonal imbalances.
To some of you, that 40% might not be a shocking number because you actually may feel like the functioning of your body is compromised...and the thyroid (in tandem with your hormones) could be the culprit.
THYROID - THE PROPER FUNCTIONING OF A CAR
Although this gland is relatively small, it is mighty in its power!
The thyroid gland acts like a car and just like your vehicle, it needs proper gas, maintenance and lots of TLC.
The thyroid gland influences most of the body, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. It also helps regulate metabolism and hormones.
Special hormones that the thyroid regulates:
- TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) -- TSH speaks up when more thyroid hormone is needed
- T4 (Thyroxine) -- the thyroid hormone that is inactive and/or used for storage
- T3 (Triiodothyronine) -- active thyroid hormone; responsible for increased metabolic activity
- Reverse T3 -- this thyroid hormone helps maintain balance with your metabolism
IS YOUR CAR TRYING TO TELL YOU SOMETHING?
If you're wondering what signs and symptoms to identify when it comes to thyroid imbalance, here are some to look out for:
- Slow thinking
- Stiffness and pain in joints
- Bags under the eyes
- Poor sense of balance, dizziness
- Nasal congestion
- Yellowing of palms of hands and soles of feet
- Bowel movements less than daily, or with difficulty
- Face looks bloated
- Difficulty losing weight, even when eating less/exercising more
- Feel worse if a meal is missed
- Sleep disturbances
- Do not sweat much, even when exercising
- Frequent infections
- Headaches, often worse in morning.
- Low sex drive
- Feel cold more than most other people
- Dry skin or hair and/or hair loss
- Moody and irritable
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR CAR IS ACTING UP
If you're questioning right now, "Maybe it's my thyroid that's giving me trouble" -- you may not be too far off, but only a visit with your doctor can really determine that.
Keep in mind, it's just like taking your car to a qualified mechanic for a trusted diagnosis; the same thing with your thyroid functioning: speak to a healthcare professional.
And a thyroid imbalance does not have to mean the end of the world! Options exist that include - but are not limited to - medication and therapies that can be natural (or prescribed), as well as adopting an overall healthier lifestyle that supports healthy functioning thyroid and hormone levels.
Call Dr. Elijah (at Southern Colorado Clinic) today to start the conversation about your wellness: 719.553.2201