A sluggish metabolism and sluggish mood can both stop or slow down the rate at which one is able to lose weight and both can signal a thyroid malfunction.
To rev up your weight loss efforts, check to make sure your thyroid is functioning properly. Watch out for the telltale signs that some dietary adjustments need to be made.
What Part Does the Thyroid Play?
Something as simple as changing your eating habits can improve your thyroid function, regulate consequential hormonal imbalances and help you shed those stubborn pounds. Few people realize the correlation between their thyroid, weight loss and energy levels. They are closely interrelated, and the thyroid is also instrumental in various other bodily functions.
The thyroid is situated at the base of the neck right about where the Adam’s apple is, and its primary function is simple: to regulate metabolism (or energy and fat-burning levels). It does so by distributing hormones to their proper organs, so that everything runs as it should.
If there is any disruption, interruption or malfunction in this process, the body as a whole suffers (chemical imbalances occur, for example), and you may develop thyroid disease. When this happens, your hormones are essentially out of control and you may experience one of two extremes – hypothyroidism (insufficient hormone production) or hyperthyroidism (excess hormone production).
Hypothyroidism slows things down, including your metabolism; and since metabolism is the fuel for weight loss, your weight loss may come to a halt or you could even start to gain weight. Further, this process of slowing down puts the bodily functions and your general mood in sluggish mode.
You may, therefore, become excessively tired, depressed, achy, cranky, constipated and forgetful and could even suffer some hair loss. Another dangerous side effect of hypothyroidism is a rise in cholesterol levels, which could quickly lead to heart disease or stroke.
With hyperthyroidism you may become jittery and anxious, lose weight too quickly and develop tachycardia (fast heart rate), which overexerts and puts the heart at risk.
Natural Remedies For Thyroid Problems
So if you are experiencing any of these symptoms, as well as seeing signs of swollen glands in your neck, or are having a tough time losing weight; by all means get your thyroid checked. Once you have found that your problem is a faulty thyroid, start infusing your diet with more foods containing vitamins A, C, D and E; iron; copper; zinc; selenium and iodine.
All of these natural nutrients and minerals counteract thyroid disease. Foods that fit the profile include sunflower and olive oils, seafood, dairy products, whole grains, beans, oranges, green-leaf vegetables, yams, apricots, liver, lean meats and iodized salt. Once that thyroid is functioning right again, continue your fitness regime, eat properly and watch those pounds start to melt away.