In recognition of National Thyroid Awareness Month, the physicians at Weight Success Centers are taking time to talk about the importance of a healthy thyroid gland. Here are simple tips and insights into how this small gland on the front of your neck plays a critical role in your overall health.
Identifying Signs of Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism
A malfunctioning thyroid can cause various health problems. The production of too much or too little of the thyroid hormone can affect you from head to toe, including your brain, heart, kidneys, liver, and skin. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid) and hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid) are two common thyroid conditions, which could be triggered by an abnormal immune response, underlying illness, inflammation, infection, growths, or a thyroid tumor.
Importantly, any visible lump or swelling on your neck or throat area is a reason to see your physician. Also, watch out for these signs and symptoms of thyroid issues:
- Overproduction of thyroid hormone causes hyperthyroidism, which speeds up your metabolic state. Hyperthyroidism can lead to insomnia, anxiety, hair loss, weight loss, irregular periods, rapid heart rate, and many other symptoms.
- Underproduction of the thyroid hormone causes hypothyroidism, which can lead to fatigue, depression, painful menstruation, weight gain, slow heart rate, and an array of other symptoms.
- As an internal thermostat that secretes hormones for energy control, your thyroid gland can also cause you to feel too hot, feel too cold, or burn too many or too few calories.
Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Thyroid Gland
Nutrition to support a healthy thyroid is essential for vitality and disease prevention. Important nutrients for thyroid function include a Vitamin B complex, including a diet rich in thiamine and riboflavin. Vitamin C can also be helpful for immunity and stress hormone production. Additionally, monitoring salt intake and appropriate iodine levels can be important for a properly functioning thyroid.
Interestingly, foods like peaches, pears, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale may be helpful for individuals with a hyperthyroid; HOWEVER, it is recommended to eat those foods in moderation if you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism — because those foods could potentially suppress thyroid function. For hypothyroidism, foods such as chicken and seafood may be recommended, as well as whole eggs, which contain iodine and selenium in the yolk, plus a protein boost from the egg white.
If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of thyroid issues or any type of hormonal imbalance, it is important to see a doctor for a complete exam and bloodwork. Hormones in the blood can be measured to identify issues with your thyroid, pituitary gland, parathyroid glands, and reproductive glands.
With locations across Florida, the physicians at Weight Success Centers specialize in helping patients achieve their best health through hormonal balance, nutrition, weight loss, hair restoration, and medical solutions. Schedule a consultation with Weight Success Centers today.
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