Learn more about Thyroid Dysfunction Remedies and how Thyroid Dysfunction or Adrenal Dysfunction may be affecting your hormones and weight.
As women age and transition through Perimenopause and Menopause, they may begin to experience sudden inexplicable weight gain and other symptoms such as low energy, depression, irregular cycles, hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia and more. Many women exercise regularly with no success in losing unwanted weight or body fat. This can be extremely frustrating and discouraging for many. However, there may be more of an underlying reason and something that you can do about it!
Early signs of hypothyroidism occur naturally during Perimenopause and Menopause. Some of the symptoms include:
- Weight gain
- Hair Loss
- Fluid Retention
- Memory Loss
- Slowness of Thought
Hypothyroidism can undermine your weight loss goals and add unwanted weight. Many today find Saliva testing or Blood testing to be a way to get the answers that they need. Through testing they can be given a baseline of 5 hormone levels – Estradiol, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHEA and morning Cortisol. This helps in knowing where to start. The benefit is knowing where your levels are and then customizing a treatment plan that fits your needs. Balancing your hormones will assist in burning fat and gaining energy.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA - a hormone naturally made by the body) and morning Cortisol (body's main stress hormone), are for testing the Adrenal Glands. Many women as they age can experience symptoms of Adrenal Gland failure or Adrenal Gland Dysfunction.
Symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction include:
- Memory Loss
- Hair Loss or thinning of hair
- Frequent illness
- Dry skin
- Unexplained weight-gain especially around the waist
- Pain in upper back or neck
When under constant stress, Adrenal Glands must maintain high levels of Cortisol in order to fight the stress. This in turn affects the release of other hormones by the adrenal glands. When the resources of the glands are repeatedly used up towards the production of cortisol, it can cause a shortage of estrogen and other hormones. These high cortisol levels over a long period, damage the healthy tissues in the body.
Low Adrenal Gland function can result in symptoms such as low body temperature, low blood sugar and low or high blood pressure leading to a constant feeling of exhaustion. It is important to get all your hormone levels checked if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
So what are some Thyroid Dysfunction Remedies? Apart from getting checked and getting appropriate treatment, it is also very important that we:
- eat well to get the needed vitamins, minerals and protein our bodies need,
- exercise regularly, (as it regulates our hormones),
- loose excess weight and maintain it, (which also reduces the risk of major diseases such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes),
- reduce as much stress as possible, (which will in turn reduce cortisol levels that contribute to excess weight around the waist),
- get lots of sleep, (our bodies cannot heal without sleep).
These changes can go a long way in keeping our hormones balanced. Once your body is in hormonal balance, you will begin looking and feeling a lot better, and have energy to do the things that you enjoy!