It is important to understand the connection between thyroid and metabolism. If your thyroid hormones levels are out of line, you may have thyroid disease. In fact, if you suffer from an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) you may have a tough time maintaining or losing weight.
There are a number of symptoms associated with the thyroid as well as risks and treatments available.
What Does the Thyroid Do?
The thyroid gland is located in the throat. It is part of the endocrine system. The endocrine system helps to regulate many of our body’s physical processes.
The thyroid’s job is to release T3 and T4 hormones throughout the body. It is important to note that these hormones are responsible for our metabolic processes.
If these hormones are not produced in sufficient quality and for that matter ratio, you won’t be able to enjoy having a healthy metabolism.
The body’s natural weight is automatically regulated and if everything is working well, you won’t gain or lose weight.
If on the other hand, your thyroid gland is not producing hormones properly you could lose or even gain weight.
Your metabolism gets spiked or falls depending on the ratio of the T3 and T4 hormones. If you have a healthy body, it will produce about four times the level of T4 over T3.
Here are some signs of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism:
- Sleepiness or sleeplessness
- Weariness, aches, and pains
- Weight gain and obesity
- Mood swings and depression
- Decreased sex drive
- Rapid heartbeat and nervousness
- Constant fatigue
- Skin problems
You would think that there would be different symptoms associated with either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
However, any physical process connected to the metabolism can be affected negatively if the thyroid is not operating properly.
When this happens you could be at a greater risk of contracting cancer, developing heart disease, having skin and hair problems, and suffering from distorted levels of energy as well as brittle bones.
If you have any concerns regarding these symptoms in your own body, it might be a good idea to see your doctor.
Since this very small gland has a big job in our health and longevity, taking care that it is working correctly should be a priority.
The good news is that there are a number of treatment options available when it comes to thyroid disease. These options can be discussed with your doctor.
In order to have your body working at its optimum level, you need proper nutrition, drinking plenty of clean water, get enough rest and get involved in some form of physical exercise.