When your body lacks a sufficient amount of thyroid hormone you’re said to be suffering from hypothyroidism, a condition that leaves you with a slow metabolism. Although it rarely affects people, approximately 10 million Americans suffer from this medical conditions. Sometimes people don’t even realize that they suffer from hypothyroidism until it appears on their medical report.
The Major Causes of Hypothyroidism
There are two major causes of this medical condition i.e. the first being an existing thyroid complication and secondly a side effect of on-going medical treatments. If you’re currently suffering from thyroid inflammation, there are chances that your thyroid gland is unable to produce a sufficient amount of hormone thereby resulting in thyroid gland failure, also called autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) – a condition which is caused by a failure in the immune system.
The second cause of hypothyroidism is medical or surgical treatments. For example if you have been treating thyroid conditions by taking medical treatments or by removing a portion of your thyroid through surgical treatments, chances are your thyroid gland will be unable to make enough hormones to meet the body’s demands. The end result is that the patient my develop hypothyroidism.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Although the symptoms can be different for each individual, the severity of these symptoms will vary depending on the amount of hormone deficiency as well the length of time that the body has been deprived of the proper amount of hormone. The following are some symptoms of hypothyroidism:
- Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
- Coarse, dry hair
- Dry, rough pale skin
- Hair loss
- Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
- Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
- Memory loss
- Abnormal menstrual cycles
- Decreased libido
Like I mentioned earlier, while say may suffer from one or more of the above mentioned symptoms, others will have different symptoms altogether. Some people, fortunately and unfortunately, have no symptoms at all, making it difficult for them to detect their medical condition. If you suffer from one or more of these symptoms, its best that you get yourself checked and don’t forget to discuss these problems with your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, but continue to experience the symptoms, you must also check with your doctor. Have you tried eating the kitchari to treat hypothyroidism? It’s natural, toxin-free and healthy!