Hypothyroidism symptoms- could this be you?

Is she surprised or does she suffer from hypothyroidism?

 

When discussing hard to lose body fat the subject of thyroid function will invariably come up. Most people know that an underactive thyroid (also known as hypo thyroid) can often make losing body fat pretty difficult.

 

First off, it should be noted that low thyroid is not uncommon. Approximately 3-5% of the population may be affected by it at any given time. That’s a pretty big number indeed and it is interesting to note that hypothyroidism is much more common in women than men.

 

To better understand this problem a quick overview of thyroid is needed. There are two main thyroid hormones- T4 and T3. Your body releases these hormones via a small gland located near the front of your neck. For the purposes of our discussion we are going to focus on T3 as this has the biggest impact on metabolism.

 

It is interesting to note that high concentrations of T3 (and T4) increases the number of beta-adrenergic receptors and augments the fat burning actions of your body’s catecholamines. As discussed in a previous post on how to remove trouble spot fat deposits, the location and number of alpha and beta receptors on your body correlates to where you carry the greatest concentration of trouble spot fat and how easy (or difficult) it is to lose that fat.

 

In addition, T3 will also impact your body’s metabolic rate and how well your body burns fat from all areas. If you have low levels of T3 then despite your best efforts you are probably struggling with losing fat.

 

Are you affected? Symptoms of low thyroid

There are several symptoms that may indicate hypothyroidism. These include:

Sudden, unexplained weight gain

Difficulty losing weight despite proper nutrition and exercise

Feelings of overall fatigue or weakness

Depression

Thinning hair and/or brittle nails

Decreased libido

Puffiness in hands, face or feet

Memory loss

Muscle aches and pains

Excessive tiredness

Abnormal menstruation

Slow heart rate

Diminished taste and smell

Intolerance to cold

Bulging eyes

 

That’s quite a list and at any given time you (and I) are probably experiencing one or more of these symptoms! For example, I have a deep rooted hatred for cold weather and I sometimes forget where I left my car keys but I have no thyroid issues whatsoever. That’s why it is always imperative that you rely on testing and avoid the tendency to self diagnose using the Internet. Visit your doctor and ask to have your TSH levels tested. TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone stimulates your thyroid and controls the release of both T3 and T4.

 

If your thyroid is not responsive you will have high levels of TSH. The normal range for TSH is quite broad ranging from 0.4-4.0 mlU/L. As mentioned, I recommend having your levels tested by your doctor to ensure accuracy and proper diagnosis.

 

 

Increasing thyroid naturally

If you want to be proactive there are some steps you can take to ensure normal thyroid function and these include;

1. Consuming iodine rich foods. Dietary iodine is required in order to properly synthesize thyroid hormones. An iodine deficiency will result in a lower production of T4. The RDA for iodine is 150 mcg/day for adult women and men. Augment your diet with iodine rich foods including iodized salt and sea salt (use in moderation), salt water fish, seaweed, sesame seeds, seafood, kelp, dulse and asparagus.

 

2. Taking regular diet breaks. Excessive calorie restriction over an extended period (more than 10 consecutive days) can lead to diminished thyroid function by way of a reduction of T4 to T3 in the liver. This is a bad thing as T3 is the active form of thyroid that provides all the wonderful fat burning benefits. If you are dieting increasing your calories (including carbohydrates) once per week will prevent this from happening.

 

There are also some foods to avoid if you have hypothyroidism including:

  

Processed and frozen ready-made foods. White flour and white rice products that are lacking in nutrients.

All saturated fats and fried foods.

Avoid fluoride and chlorine found in tap water. They block iodine receptions in the thyroid gland.

Drinking and cooking with tap water as chlorine interferes with iodine.

Hydrogenated oils, margarine and shortening.

Sugars, artificial sweeteners, and sweets as these can weaken the immune system.

 

In addition to these foods there are also a number of chemicals that can affect thyroid production. These include chemicals found in pesticides, herbicides, plastics and even some skin creams and shampoos. For more details you can view this study:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2717126/table/t1-ehp-117-1033/

 

Summing things up

As discussed there are several lifestyle interventions that should be implemented in order to optimize your body’s thyroid functioning especially if you are working towards optimal body composition. However, if you find that you have a true thyroid deficiency the only likely remedy will come from proper medication via your doctor.

 

This post was written by

Bruce – who has written posts on Cutting edge muscle building and fat loss secrets.
bruce krahn is a best-selling author, writer, researcher, personal trainer and professional speaker. he has coached people for two decades both in person and online. he created this site to be an honest source of useful, practical information you can use to improve your health, build muscle, lose fat and get the lean body look.

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