Feeling Low - Perhaps it's your Thyroid?

Feeling Low - Perhaps it's your Thyroid?

October 11, 2011 at 6:05 PM

Since we are colon hydrotherapists, we are interested in bowel movements – it’s our job – and we do notice, with women in particular, a slowing of bowel movements with age.  This could be down to a number of reasons, but one that crops up over and over again is the thyroid.  Signs and symptoms of a low thyroid can develop very slowly and can be completely overlooked, but when we have exhausted all other avenues which may contribute to constipation, we tend to look at the thyroid as the major culprit.  There may be a slowing down of body functions even before the thyroid hormones drop below normal (sub-clinical hypo-thyroidism).  Signs and symptoms of a poorly functioning thyroid are: 

  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings, depression, impaired mental processing, memory and concentration.  Mental health symptoms can develop with only small decreases in the amount of available thyroid hormone and may be worse with seasonal changes that affect circulating thyroid hormone levels.
  • Sensitivity to cold and reduced sweating
  • Possible rise in levels of total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.  Thyroid hormones and lipids are inversely related, when thyroid hormones are in short supply, lipid levels tend to rise, potentially increasing the risk of cardiovascular conditions.
  • Painful constipation accompanied by abdominal bloating and relieved by diarrhoea and cramping
  • Muscle cramps and weakness in the calves, thighs and upper arms, rheumatoid pain in joints and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Easy bruising
  • Some individuals may also experience menstrual disturbances, absence of sweating and dryness of skin and hair, impotence, low libido or fertility problems with an increased risk of miscarriage in younger women or exaggerated menopausal symptoms in older women.  Such symptoms may be linked to disruption in DHEA production and imbalances between testosterone and oestrogen. or chronic thyroiditis.  Swelling of the thyroid and a deep, hoarse voice may also be apparent.

Of course, many of the above symptoms could be attributed to other problems but if you do suspect your thyroid may be on the low side, contact your Doctor and get it checked out – it’s free.  Once you have a diagnosis, there is a lot that can be done naturally to speed it up, if you choose not to take thyroxine.



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