I’ve been doing a little reading lately about the thyroid. You know, it’s that little butterfly shaped gland that stretches over the area of your Adam’s apple. The ancient Greeks named the gland thyreos, which means shield, and it regulates your body temperature, as well as your immune system. It’s a part of the complex endrocrine system in which those essential messangers–your hormones–keep your body functioning. And, yes, you can blow it by drinking too much coffee and not eating enough. If it malfunctions, it can also be a sign of something wrong with your autoimmune system or endocrine system.
Some of the signs and symptoms of a poorly functioning thyroid gland are as follows:
-weight gain despite a low-calorie diet
-morning headaches which go away as the day goes on
-hypersensitivity to cold
-poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet
-muscle cramps while at rest
-you get colds easily and have a hard time recovering
-slow wound healing
-need excessive amounts of sleep in order to be normal
-chronic digestive problems
-itchy, dry skin
-dry, brittle hair
-easily lose hair
-low body heat
-loss of outermost part of eyebrows
If you find yourself suffering from these symptoms, please get yourself tested. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes you can still have thyroid problems, and your tests will come back negative. It’s important to do your research and be informed. It might also be a sign that you need to do an elimination diet to see if there is an underlying allergy to gluten or one of the other top food allergens.
source: Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal, by: Dr. Datis Kharrazian.