Your Body's Hidden Boss: Getting to Know Your Thyroid

November 01, 2019

Your Thyroid is basically a boss with attitude 👊🏾💥

It controls everything around it and when it gets the hump it’s mean as Hell 😈

For something so mighty, its actually quite a small gland that sits at the base of your neck and yet it essentially effects every one of your bodily functions.

Unsurprisingly if it starts producing too much thyroid hormone (Hyperthyroidism) or not enough (Hypothyroidism) then several issues can start to appear. Unfortunately, the symptoms of these can mirror lots of other problems and therefore often go un-diagnosed.

Thyroid disorders are actually surprisingly common and 1 in 8 women will develop a condition, with Hypothyroidism (under-active) being the most common.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism include tiredness 💤 feeling cold ❄ weight gain ⬆and poor concentration 😴 whilst hyperthyroidism can include weight loss ⬇ heat intolerance 🔥 anxiety 🥺 and sometimes sore eyes 😵 Both types of thyroid condition can cause a number of mental health effects include low mood and anxiety.


Diet 🍎🌽🥦🍒

There is no conclusive research linking specific foods or dietary supplements as being helpful for treating thyroid disorders however the British Thyroid Foundation does recommend following a healthy balanced diet to help counter some of the symptoms of thyroid disorders. Whilst the link between vitamin D and Thyroid disorders is not clearly defined they do recommend following NHS guidelines and taking a daily supplement of Vitamin D during winter months to regulate calcium and phosphate production.

Importantly if you are being treated with thyroxine, you should try and avoid soya as it interferes with absorption. Equally iodine balance is very important with thyroid conditions and therefore seaweed derivatives like Kelp should be avoided. Kelp is sometimes advertised as a thyroid booster but the British Thyroid Association is clear there is no health benefit for those with thyroid disease.


Exercise 🏋🏽‍♀🏊🏽‍♀🧘🏼‍♀

Living with a thyroid condition can become something of a vicious cycle. Symptoms like fatigue and joint aches aren’t exactly motivations for getting moving and yet weight gain is a common symptom in Hypothyroidism and can lead to worsening joint aches and fatigue!

Whilst there is no one exercise that is ideal for thyroid disorders, regular movement is important for managing your health and symptoms. Exhaustion is a real risk for women with thyroid disorders so avoid the temptation to try and push through that level of fatigue. Gradually increase what your body can tolerate by beginning with low impact workouts like walking, swimming or some of our weight bearing or Pilates routines on the workout bank.


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