Melissa Wiliams, Freelance Writer | Co-Owner, Yoga Junction
Located in your throat the thyroid gland produces thyroid hormone, which regulates your body temperature, metabolism, and heartbeat and any of these things can be affected when your thyroid is out of whack. Everything from pregnancy and genetics to toxins, autoimmune disorders and stress can cause thyroid problems.
Here are 4 things to look out for.
1. You’re overly exhausted. Back to the story of my friend, yes, she was a mom of 3 with a newborn. But she knew what the “new parent” sort of tired looked like, and the exhaustion she felt was overwhelming. Too little thyroid hormone circulating through your body will leave you feeling like you need to nap, even if you just woke up. Hyperthyroidism can also make you feel fatigued from the over-jazzed message your body is constantly receiving.
2. You’re sad or overwhelmed. Some doctors report a strong connection between depression and hypothyroidism. Lack of energy can result in lack of motivation, which can create a deficit of serotonin in the body.
3. You’re anxious all the time. Hyperthyroidism is marked by heart palpitations and anxiety.
4. Taste and Appetite. Hypothyroidism generally can result in weight gain even if your appetite hasn’t changed. Conversely, hyperthyroidism will make you most likely feel overly hungry without any changes in your weight.