Thyroid health

I’ve been pretty focused on writing my new book of late, so I haven’t posted allot recently . So, until I finish my book (by May) posts may not be as regular as they have been.

Many more of us are being diagnosed with either ‘under’ or ‘over’ active thyroid. Why? Well, I’m going to be posting what the thyroid gland is, where it is, what it does, what’s a goitre, and why many of our thyroid glands have recently become very unhappy.

Around one in 20 people will experience some form of thyroid dysfunction in their lifetime. Women are more susceptible than men.

What does the thyroid gland do? (Or supposed to do.)

It ‘s a gland that secretes hormones to regulate many processes – including growth and energy expenditure. If it’s overactive (hypER) or ‘sluggish’ (hypO), your metabolism will be affected, leading to a variety of symptoms that can be mistaken for other health issues in the body – especially if you’re not tested properly.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE B/W AN OVER AND UNDER ACTIVE THYROID?

– HypO-thyroidism (not making enough thyroid hormone) can lead to feeling sluggish, thinning or coarse hair, weight gain, lacking concentration, have dry skin, muscle pains or cramping, fluid retention and sensitive to cold temperatures.

– HyPER-thyroidism (making too much) may lead to unexplained weight loss, sleeping difficulties, increased heart rate, sensitivity to heat, irritability, nervousness or anxiety, and diarrhoea

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