The top mysterious symptoms that should alert you to thyroid dysfunction are not well known.

A goiter is the top symptom often associated with thyroid issues. This is basically a swelling at the base of the neck where the thyroid gland is located. Usually, this is created by nodules being formed on the thyroid because it is trying to work harder. Noticing tightness in the throat or difficulties swallowing pills are signs to take a closer look.

A goiter may be the most well known symptom of thyroid dysfunction, however, it’s not the most common symptom I see in my practice.

Unfortunately, most people don’t know that these symptoms are linked to thyroid dysfunction. Today I’m going to share with you the top mysterious symptoms that should alert you to thyroid dysfunction.

The classic symptoms of thyroid dysfunction are cold intolerance, forgetfulness and fatigue.

The thyroid gland is like the body’s thermostat. You will be colder more often when it’s not sending appropriate amounts of hormone your body to release and produce heat. Difficulty concentrating, brain fog and memory impairment are also signs the thyroid function is off. Both hyperthyroid and hypothyroid symptoms mimic mild dementia. This occurs when thyroid hormone levels fluctuate causing insufficient stimulation of different systems in the body. Finally, thyroid dysfunction causes fatigue through a number of mechanisms. Most notably, a decrease in metabolism. This decreases the amount of energy your body can produce through a molecule called ATP. ATP is our molecule for energy. When we have less ATP, we have less energy. The result is fatigue that is pervasive and long lasting.

Did you know that thyroid dysfunction could be at the root cause of your irregular bowel movements?

The thyroid hormone is known for regulating metabolism. When you have too much thyroid hormone your metabolism is revved up. In this case, you may experience diarrhea. On the other hand with too little thyroid hormone, you may experience a slower bowel. This results in constipation. In my practice, irregular bowel movements are often an early sign of thyroid dysfunction. 

Hair loss can also be an early sign of thyroid dysfunction.

It affects the life cycle of each strand of hair when thyroid hormone production is disrupted. It impacts development of hair at the root, how long it grows before falling out and replacement of new growth. Thinning across the scalp and eyebrows is common. It’s usually a gradual thinning as opposed to localized bald patches. If you find yourself brushing your hair and clumps are coming out, check your thyroid function.

Thyroid hormone and metabolism

The thyroid hormone regulates essential processes for normal growth and development, as well as metabolism in adults. The thyroid is not the only component involved in regulating metabolism. However when your thyroid doesn’t produce enough hormones, the metabolism and cellular processes slow down and change. 

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