Could This Be the Culprit Making You Gain Weight, Feeling Tired, Moody, or ‘Not Quite Right’?
The butterfly effect describes how a tiny influence on one part of a system can have a tremendous impact on another part.
The Thyroid Gland is one part of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary Axis that can exert a butterfly-type effect on nearly every part of your body. It could very well be the hidden culprit behind your flagging energy, your moodiness, perhaps even that ‘flat tire’ feeling that makes it difficult for you to just get out of bed some mornings.
The thyroid is actually a butterfly-shaped gland itself located in your neck, and weighs only about 1.5 ounces. While it may be small when it comes to size, it is no small player when it comes to controlling numerous functions in your body.
As is the shape of the gland, so does its influence on the body have butterfly effect. It can impact nearly every aspect of your health, particularly your WEIGHT, energy level, mood, and metabolic functions, the beating of your heart, to the function of your sex hormones and organs.
Many people suffer from sub-optimal thyroid function and are not even aware of it. Whether diagnosed already with Hypo-thyroid or seeking the cause of your symptoms that just seem to be floating under the radar with your doctor, you need to be properly evaluated and optimally treated.
From the NIH [National Institute of Health] quote:
“You’re tired, weak, exhausted, weary, worn out. You have a lack of energy and as a result you feel distressed. You’re not functioning as well as you should. It’s called fatigue…”
Fatigue of course has many causes and the thyroid can sometimes be a scapegoat or the blame for other possible causes. For many that “flat tire” feeling is a direct result of the thyroid gland not functioning at its optimal level.
Many describe waking up in the morning feeling OK, but
And when you add in mood changes or irritability, you may find it hard to maintain normal family / friend relationships.
Frequently use thyroid test, TSH [Thyroid Stimulating Hormone] is not enough to properly distinguish if your thyroid is functioning at it optimal level. Some tests that are considered essential for proper Thyroid Evaluation are:
Once Diagnosed, then is the debate, what thyroid replacement regimen is Best?
Some of the available options each with its benefit and drawback:
Which is best for WEIGHT LOSS? Which is best for Mood, Energy? Not so simple, right? Consider recent studies that demonstrate replacing with ALL T3 is superior to T4 in increasing the metabolic rate.
Here are some tips to help you Everyday: