Do You Have a Slow Metabolism?

Posted December 15, 2020


Have you ever wondered why some people are able to eat whatever they want and stay thin, while you are careful and intentional with your diet, but still seem to gain weight? A slow metabolism, or hypothyroidism, may be to blame.

Hypothyroidism is a disorder of the endocrine system that effects the thyroid gland. Our thyroid gland sits at the base and front of our necks and controls the thyroid hormone, which helps provide energy to the body and regulate our metabolism.

Being diagnosed with an under-active thyroid, or hypothyroidism, means that your thyroid hormone levels are less than normal. And when the thyroid is unable to produce the correct amount of hormones, it may cause several symptoms.

Weight Gain or the Inability to Lose Weight
Hair Thinning
Always Cold
Irregular Heart Rate
Irregular Sleep Patterns
Digestive Issues
Fatigue
Depression
Brain Fog
Puffy Face
Changes to the Voice

Most of the time, these symptoms occur gradually, over a medium amount of time. If you suspect that you are experiencing hypothyroidism, or if a few of these symptoms relate to you, it’s best to begin tracking your symptoms to discuss with your health care provider.

Causes Of Hypothyroidism

The most common causes for hypothyroidism are:

Pregnancy
Autoimmune disease
Certain medications
Genetics
Although hypothyroidism can be caused by several factors, thyroid disorders tend to run in families. If you suspect that you may have an under-active thyroid disorder, it is a great idea to talk to your family. That way you can discover if any of them deal with similar symptoms or have been diagnosed themselves.

What is Hashimoto's Disease?

Hashimoto's Disease is one of the most common causes of hypothyroidism. Hashimoto's Disease is classified as an autoimmune disease, which tend to occur when the body's immune system begins attacking the body itself.

The immune system's role in the body is to protect it from outside illnesses by attacking foreign cells in the body. When the immune system gets false information it can mistakenly attack otherwise healthy body parts, causing symptoms, inflammation, and sometimes serious health problems.

Hashimoto's Disease is an autoimmune disorder that can result in under-active thyroid, or hypothyroidism.

Hashimoto's Disease occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland. This constant attack from the immune system causes the thyroid gland to stop producing enough thyroid hormone, which pushes the body into a state of defense and inflammation.

Treatment

Hypothyroidism can usually be treated quite easily through proper diet, exercise, and potentially medication. A blood test through your doctor's office can determine specific hormone levels and recommendations.

If you feel that hypothyroidism is affecting your life, it is important to visit a doctor and work on reducing your daily symptoms through simple lifestyle changes.


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