For those who suffer from the symptoms of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), it can affect your life immensely on a daily basis. If you are constantly suffering from the following, it may be time to consult a health professional and take the steps to relieve these symptoms.

Feeling exhausted all the time, regardless of how much you sleep is one indicator. Also weakness in your muscles that were once able to cope with your lifestyle and an absolute lack of energy when you feel that there shouldn’t be any reason why it’s virtually non existent. You may also find your reflexes to be very slow and pain or stiffness in the joints and muscles.

If your hair and nails are brittle and breaking off, your skin is very dry and flaky and your knees, elbows and heels are extremely cracked it may be a sign of hypothyroidism. It may be a cause of weight gain that seems excessive or unreasonable. The most obvious change to you might be a noticeable lump in the throat or enlarged gland. Less common symptoms are rashes and dry eyes or mouth.

You might be finding it hard to make decisions. Struggling with focus and concentration or really forgetful and finding it hard to keep track of things. Libido levels could be low and hard to control and sadly infertility could be an issue.

There are other symptoms such as dizziness and irregular heartbeat, just to name a couple. It is likely you may have some but not all of these symptoms but it is still important to follow up and find out more.
Symptoms are different for everyone. Sometimes it’s common not to connect all the symptoms you may be suffering from and put them all down to one thing. Especially when it’s normal for a person to rationalize and assume it may be something within their control. ‘My skins dry because I’m not drinking enough water’ or ‘I’m just not getting enough sleep’. ‘I’m stressed because of work’ or ‘I’m just over being the decisive one’. These are all things surely we’ve all told ourselves at some point in time.

Sure enough, there is an element of control when it comes to hypothyroidism. There are many different causes but one of the main ones is iodine deficiency. By increasing your intake of iodine you may notice an improvement. Iodine is found in various foods including seafood, bread and salt (although increasing salt intake may certainly increase chances of developing other problems). By eating well in general and consuming a variety of nutrient enriched foods you may be helping your body more than you know. Exercise can help also but it is important that if you suspect hypothyroidism to see your doctor. If left untreated this disorder can produce many other problems that are considered to be much worse. Of course your quality of life is enough reason to seek medical advice anyway.