Understanding the symptoms and the Treatments for Hypothyroidism

 Hypothyroidism is a common condition usually accompanied by a low metabolism. People with hypothyroidism experience unusual fatigue and weight gain. You need a doctor to diagnose hypothyroidism by examining your symptoms. Your doctor would then put you on the right course of treatment. 

 What is hypothyroidism?

Suffering from hypothyroidism means that you have an underactive thyroid. The thyroid is unable to produce the thyroid hormone, whose main function is to facilitate the body’s metabolism. 

Hypothyroidism is a serious condition that needs to be treated as soon as a diagnosis is done. If left untreated, the condition can lead to more health problems including injury to the nerves and heart problems

Signs and symptoms that you may have hypothyroidism

Slow metabolism causes several other issues for the body. Besides weight gain, that you may try to manage without success, other signs and symptoms include:
  • Constant fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Muscle aches
  • Painful and stiff joints
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Throat hoarseness
In most patients, hypothyroidism also causes depression.

Hypothyroidism Treatment

Once diagnosed with hypothyroidism, the doctor will get you started on hormone replacement medication. You need to work closely with your doctor in monitoring how the medication is working for you. Besides standard treatment through medication, patients with hypothyroidism are encouraged to consider natural methods of managing the condition. 

Some patients opt to turn to natural remedies entirely, as opposed to using the hormone replacement medication. It may take a long while for the thyroid to regain normal functioning. Thus, it would require taking medication for an extended period of time. As with all medication, hormone replacement medicines can have side effects that further reduce the quality of your life.

When you decide to go natural, ensure to let your doctor know about it. Your doctor will offer guidance on the right remedies to use to manage and treat hypothyroidism. 

Natural hypothyroidism treatment

There are several ways you can naturally treat hypothyroidism by changing your diet and lifestyle, as well as adding some dietary supplements. 

Eliminate sugar and processed foods

Sugar and processed foods are generally bad for our diet. They lead to increased inflammation. For people with hypothyroidism, high inflammation alters thyroid hormones in the body, specifically T3 and T4. 

Instead of sugars and processed foods, opt for whole foods with plenty of fiber. This allows you to boost your energy levels naturally. The energy from sugar and processed foods last a short time and your system comes crashing down. You are left with a feeling of wanting another boost, which would make you crave for more sugars and processed foods. 

On the other hand, consuming less sugar and depending on whole foods for energy is more sustainable. 

Use dietary supplements 

Dietary supplements are a great way to cater for any nutritional deficits in your diet. Remember to talk to your doctor first before buying any dietary supplements. 

Vitamin B-12 is one of the important supplements to consider taking. It helps in combating the fatigue that comes with hypothyroidism. It is also vital to ensure that you are getting sufficient vitamins from your diet and not just depending on supplementation. Some of the common sources of vitamin B-12 are milk, eggs, peas, and asparagus. 

Selenium is another important dietary element that helps in treating hypothyroid condition. The main function of selenium is to regularize thyroid hormone levels and hence the body’s metabolism.  Natural sources of selenium include fish, pork, beef, Brazil nuts, turkey, chicken, eggs, lentils, spinach, and bananas.
Some people may consider using a selenium dietary supplement. However, you should seek a go-ahead from your doctor to determine the appropriate amounts of selenium for you.

Combining natural remedies with medication

It may not be practical to discontinue your medication and turn to natural remedies. In the beginning, you may need to combine both methods. As you progress, your doctor might find it safe to let you completely switch to natural remedies.

Getting started on a healthy diet will set you on the right course to treating hypothyroid and regaining normal thyroid function. 

Exercise

Consider getting into an exercise routine to help with managing your weight and uplifting your mood. Exercise will help to manage the depression that is associated with hypothyroidism. It will also boost your energy and counter fatigue. You can engage in aerobic exercises including walking, running, cycling, and swimming. 

The treatment of hypothyroidism is a personalized process. Different patients react to medication differently. Besides, the dosage is personalized per patient. In the same way, natural remedies should be used in such a way as to offer the best results for you. 
 
Using a remedy excessively to hasten the treatment of hypothyroidism is ill-advised. Always work closely with your doctor to establish safe limits of the treatment methods you decide to use. 
 
 
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