I wonder if cats have sluggish thyroids. Seems like it, right? (LOL)
Many people have underlying thyroid issues that are causing symptoms of poor health.
The tricky part is that most people don’t even know what their thyroid is, or what it does.
In this article, I’m going to give you a quick thyroid education (very quick) as well as give you an idea how you can determine if this important gland is giving you a hassle.
To start, I want to give you some idea of how you’re feeling could be connected to the thyroid.
Some of the symptoms or low thyroid are sluggishness, overtired, inability to lose weight, circles under your eyes, puffy eyes, brain fog, cold hands and feet, hair loss and more.
Some of the symptoms of unhealthy high thyroid are excessive weight loss, nervousness, shaky hands, increased bowel movements, fast heart rate, heart palpitations and other signs of excessively high metabolism.
As you can see the thyroid – located below your Adam’s apple – plays a very important role in regulating metabolism. If it’s not working right, you’re not working right.
For most people, their thyroid is sluggish, which means you gain weight.
So now let me give you three basic tests and techniques that you can use to get a good start to help you identify what is going on.
1. Home Test: Feeling the thyroid gland.
One benefit of your anatomy is that you can actually feel the thyroid.
It sits just below your Adam’s apple and it’s “wings” are on both sides of your trachea.
To test it manually, you’d run your fingers just along the sides of your throat where the thyroid sits and see if there are bumps or swelling.
Feeling for abnormalities or swelling is one of the easiest way to see if your thyroid may be stressed, but it’s also nowhere near a complete test.
If your thyroid IS swollen, then you definitely need to explore further.
If your thyroid is not swollen, this doesn’t mean you don’t have any thyroid issue – it just means you don’t have any extremely obvious ones.
2. Home Test: Checking your basal temperature.
Your thyroid monitors your metabolism, so if you run too cold or too hot, this could be an indication that you need to give your thyroid some support.
In some cases, this could mean you already have a thyroid issue.
This home test is quite easy to do and is surprisingly accurate.
In order to test your basal temperature, you need to get a basal thermometer from the drugstore (this is different than an oral one).
Every morning before you get up out of bed, place the thermometer under your arm for 5-10 minutes.
Record the temperature. (Do this for a week or so.)
Your temperature should be between 97.8 and 98.2 on average. If it’s not then you will want to test further and start giving your thyroid some support with herbs, foods and supplements.
One effective and tested herb for thyroid support is ashwagandha.
3. Lab Testing: TSH, T3, T4
Lab testing, along with the two types of testing above, is a very accurate way to figure out where along the thyroid chain you’re having issues.
The first step is to test your TSH, which is your thyroid stimulating hormone. This is a start to determine if your thyroid is under- or over-functioning.
If your TSH is high, chances are the thyroid isn’t functioning well enough. This can be a sign of hypothyroid.
If it’s low, then chances are it’s overactive. This can be a sign of hyperthyroid.
One of the biggest challenges that most people have with identifying thyroid issues is that their TSH results seem OK, but they’re still experiencing symptoms of thyroid issues.
A good practitioner should be able to guide you through what to do next.
Once you get the TSH numbers (high, low, or normal) and you still suspect that there is still a thyroid issue, you can explore your T3 and T4 numbers (total, free, and reverse).
These are compounds that are produced while your body is “talking” to your thyroid.
There are individual tests that you can take to identify each one of these levels and they each mean different things. (Which are fully discussed in “The Complete Thyroid Health Program”)
So to wrap this up, these are three basic ways to start the detective work to determine if how you feel is related to your thyroid.
All three of these tests are easy, relatively low or no cost and will help you take action and finally change the way you feel.
Think about how nice that would be.
When to test?
Dr. Williams suggests every one (particularly women) should start testing their thyroid after they reach their 30′s since thyroid issues are such an epidemic.
You can do this through your own health practitioner, or you can use an online service like Direct Labs or Personal Labs.
I want to know your thoughts: Have you done any of these tests before? What were your results?
Dr. Williams and I might be able to help.
After 30 years of hands on patient work, Dr. Williams has put together a complete protocol for healing the thyroid and helping people restore the energy that they had when they were in their 20′s and 30′s.
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