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Article: Messages From Your Thyroid: What Your Symptoms Are Trying To Tell You

Messages From Your Thyroid: What Your Symptoms Are Trying To Tell You

Messages From Your Thyroid: What Your Symptoms Are Trying To Tell You


If you're struggling with hair loss, unexplained weight changes, persistent fatigue, mood swings, or feeling constantly cold, your thyroid might be the root cause. This small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck plays a vital role in regulating metabolism, energy, temperature, and even your mood. Let's explore how thyroid dysfunction can affect various aspects of your health.

Thyroid & Hair Loss: Is There a Link?

Yes! Both an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can lead to hair thinning or loss. Thyroid hormones are crucial for healthy hair growth cycles. When these hormones are out of balance, hair may shed excessively.

Always Feeling Cold? Your Thyroid Could Be Why

Feeling cold all the time, even in warm environments, is a classic sign of hypothyroidism. Your thyroid helps regulate body temperature, and when it's underactive, your metabolism slows down, generating less heat.

Thyroid & Mood: The Connection

Your thyroid can significantly impact your mood. Hypothyroidism is often associated with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and brain fog. Conversely, hyperthyroidism can cause irritability and nervousness.

Thyroid & Weight: What's the Relationship?

Weight gain is a common complaint with hypothyroidism. A slowed metabolism can make it harder to lose weight, even with diet and exercise. Conversely, hyperthyroidism can lead to unexplained weight loss.

Symptoms of an Underactive Thyroid (Hypothyroidism)

Besides those already mentioned, here's a broader list of potential hypothyroidism symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Constipation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hoarse voice
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Irregular periods or heavier flow

Is There a Natural Cure for Hypothyroidism?

While there's no outright "cure," supporting your thyroid naturally can be beneficial alongside conventional treatments:

  • Nutrient-Dense Diet: Focus on iodine-rich foods (seaweed, seafood) and selenium (Brazil nuts).
  • Manage Stress: Stress disrupts hormones, further impacting thyroid function. Castor oil packs can help with reducing stress and anxiety!
  • Supplements: Consult your doctor about iodine, selenium, or vitamin D if deficient.
  • Gut Health: A healthy gut is vital for proper hormone balance and nutrient absorption.
  • Castor Oil Packs: Castor oil packs over the thyroid area may aid detoxification, reduce inflammation, and support thyroid function. Discuss this with your doctor, especially if you have Hashimoto's.

Foods to Be Mindful Of

Certain foods can interfere with your thyroid health:

  • Goitrogens: In excess, raw cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli) can potentially suppress thyroid function. Cooking them may reduce this effect.
  • Soy: In large amounts, soy may interfere with thyroid medication absorption.
  • Gluten: If you have Hashimoto's (see below), gluten may worsen inflammation.

Thyroid Fatigue: It's Real

Constant exhaustion is a hallmark of thyroid problems, especially hypothyroidism. This fatigue goes beyond feeling tired – it's a deep, debilitating exhaustion that rest doesn't always resolve. Gut cleanses with supplements or colon hydrotherapy may help in eliminating fatigue caused by toxic build up in the colon. 

Diagnosing Thyroid Disease

A simple blood test measures your TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) levels. Your doctor may also check T3, T4, and thyroid antibodies depending on your symptoms. 


Hashimoto's vs. Hypothyroidism

Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease that's the leading cause of hypothyroidism. In Hashimoto's, your immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing inflammation and gradual decline in thyroid function. In my personal experience I have seen many women heal their thyroid naturally by changing their diet, doing nervous system relaxing therapies (such as castor oil packs) and regular liver/ gut cleanses.

Hyperthyroidism (Graves' Disease) may be trying to tell you something important about your emotional needs. These gentle questions can guide you towards greater self-awareness and healing:

Questions to Uncover Limiting Beliefs:

  • Do I feel like I always have to prove my worth to be loved and accepted?
  • Do I have a deep fear of abandonment or losing the approval of others?
  • Am I constantly striving for perfection, feeling like I'm never good enough?
  • Do I often put the needs of others before my own, neglecting my own well-being?

Questions to Examine Family Dynamics:

  • Did I feel like love was conditional in my childhood – that I had to earn it through achievement or caretaking?
  • Was there a sense of pressure to always be responsible or to hold things together?
  • Did I feel like my own needs and emotions were suppressed, unseen, or invalidated?

Questions to Address Current Behaviors:

  • Do I tend to overextend myself, saying "yes" to everything, even when I'm overwhelmed?
  • Am I driven by an inner critic that pushes me to constantly perform and achieve?
  • Do I find it difficult to slow down, relax, and prioritize self-care?
  • Do I struggle to set boundaries and communicate my needs to others?

Important Note: These questions are for contemplation and awareness, not self-diagnosis. Always consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of thyroid conditions.


Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only and should not replace medical advice.

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