Fatigue, Weight Gain and Your Thyroid

There are many possible causes for chronic low energy, including overwork, lack of sleep, boredom, stress, depression, anemia (which results in decreased supply of oxygen to your cels), nutrient deficiencies (which can starve your cells of essential nutrients), chronic infection, disease, and sometimes, an out of balance thyroid.

Located in your throat, your thyroid gland is like your body’s cruise control, keeping your body running at an even speed.  When your thyroid’s out of whack, your body either speeds up or slows down, either way, upsetting its healthful energy balance.
Too much thyroid hormone (hyperthyroidism), and your cells speed up. At first, you seem to have more energy, but all this hyperactivity soon uses up your body’s stores of proteins and fats, speeds up your heart rate, your brain, your bowels…everything. Before you know it, you’re in continual overdrive: irritable, hungry, overheated and sweating, losing weight no matter how much you eat, and chronically exhausted.
Too little thyroid hormone (hypothyroidism), and everything goes into slow motion: your heart, your brain, your metabolism, your bowels and your cell function.  Your sleepy cells now use up less energy, so more is stored as fat and you gain weight no matter what you eat. Your heart slows down. So do your circulation and your lymphatic system, your body’s drainage system. As a result, you start feeling cold. Your cells become depleted of oxygen and nutrients, and water-logged with undrained fluids, so you look puffy and swollen. Your clogged, starved brain makes you depressed and you just want to sleep.
Natural Ways to Keep Your Thyroid Healthy
Nutrition is one key to thyroid health. If your thyroid is overactive, eat broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnips, soy beans, and mustard greens, as they depress thyroid activity. If your thyroid is underactive, avoid these foods.
As a general rule, avoid refined foods, sugar, dairy products, wheat, caffeine, and alcohol because in addition to causing much other harm, they upset the body’s hormonal balance.
Eat more foods containing essential fatty acids, because they are inflammatory and necessary for the production of hormones.  Oily fish, flaxseed, flaxseed or fish oil are beneficial.
Talk to your practitioner about how much calcium, magnesium, iodine, zinc and selenium you need, and whether you need supplements.  
Herbs can also help. Lemon balm helps normalise an overactive thyroid. The spice tumeric and ginger also possess very good anti-inflammatory properties. An underactive thyroid can benefit from horsetail, oatstraw, alfalfa and gotu kola.
Exercise improves your circulation, helps flush out toxins, and promotes lymphatic draining, all of which help keep your hyroid healthy.  Do stretching exercises every day, and take a 30- 40 minute walk.
You might also try the yoga shoulder stand, which is believed to be good for the thyroid. I’ve been doing this for years, and have never had thyroid problems, but I am convinced that this pose is also wonderfully rejuvenating, and it is also very energizing as it bathes the brain in fresh, oxygenated blood.
Rest allows your body to recover from daily stresses and return to a state of balance, making you more resistant to all kinds of disease, including autoimmune diseases and candida which have been associated with thyroid disorders.  
Seek Appropriate Health Care
Once your thyroid is out of balance, professional care is generally needed to restore your thyroid and body to health. Thyroid disorders are relatively easy to diagnose, though they can sometimes be missed. If you ignore your symptoms and do not get help, you run the risk ofdeveloping even more serious problems like thyroid lymphoma, a pernicious form of cancer. Fortunately, once diagnosed, thyroid problems can often be quickly remedied.



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