Signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism
If your average basal body temperature is less than 97.8 and you have 5 or more of the following symptoms of hypothyroidism, you would likely feel a lot better with some natural thyroid support. A good functional medical or naturopathic doctor will also find and treat the root cause. There are several types of hypothyroidism, which I will discuss in a future post, and many of them can be reversed over time. Symptoms of hypothyroidism that usually improve when you optimize thyroid hormone levels and ratios include: general weakness, fatigue, cold intolerance, mid-afternoon energy loss, dehydration, hair loss, headaches, memory loss, brain fog, loss of appetite, decreased libido, depression, mood swings, unintentional weight gain (or loss), low (or high) blood pressure, elevated LDL, snoring, sleep apnea, insomnia, decreased resistance to infections (especially candida and skin/nail fungus), acne, dry skin, dry patches on elbows, calluses, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, brittle/splitting hair, brittle/ridged nails, allergies, swollen puffy eyes, dry eyes, ringing in the ears, hoarse voice, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, nausea, vomiting, constipation, Sjogren’s syndrome, arthritis, gout, carpal tunnel, irregular menses, PMS, painful or irregular menses and infertility.