Underactive Thyroid Symptoms In Women

Can Be Misunderstood

By: - Women's Issues - May 22, 2011
underactive thyroid symptoms in women

Hypothyroidism, commonly known as an underactive thyroid, is a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce hormones called T3 and T4 that serve to regulate the gland.

This condition most often rears its ugly head in women above the age of 50. Its most typical cause is Hashimoto’s disease.

Underactive thyroid symptoms in women are sometimes tricky to associate with the condition since the symptoms are often the same as with other conditions or diseases.

You can see this for yourself by scrutinizing the following list of the most common underactive thyroid symptoms in women …

–         fatigue

–         sensitivity to cold

–         depression

–         lethargic feeling

–         constipation

–         unexplained weight gain

–         inability to lose weight

–         fluid retention

–         dry skin and hair

–         muscle aches

–         pain in joints

–         diminished reflexes

–         problems with concentration

–         heavy or irregular periods

–         loss of sex drive

When these symptoms appear, a doctor will try to diagnose the condition through a physical examination and a simple blood test to detect any decline in the levels of the T3 and T4 hormones.

The traditional treatment has been the use of prescription thyroid hormone replacement tablets.

Underactive Thyroid Natural Remedies

While not forgoing the prescribed medication, more and more women are turning to underactive thyroid natural remedies as a way of treating the condition.

At the top of the list is kelp, or seaweed, which is rich in iodine and also provides calcium, magnesium and potassium.

Another important natural remedy is simply maintaining a balanced diet. This should include fruits, carrots, barley and coconut oil. Intakes of broccoli, cabbage, peanuts, soy, and caffeine should be kept low.

Herbs containing vitamins A, B, C and E are also recommended. Included on this list are alfalfa, chamomile, chickweed, raspberry leaf, sage and yellow dock.

There are those who recommend sheep sorrel, which is a source of copper, and alfalfa, which is a source of zinc.

L-tyrosine and L-tryptophan, which must have government regulatory approval, are suggested by some.

With any combination of these underactive thyroid natural remedies, it is highly advisable to consult a doctor, nutritionist or naturalist.

Finally, daily exercise and even yoga are considered valid forms of natural treatment of hypothyroidism.

The appearance of underactive thyroid symptoms in women should not be ignored.

As is always the case, the early detection and treatment of any condition or disease works to the advantage of the individual who is affected.