reduce symptoms of hypothyroidism
You probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about your glands. I mean, why would you?? But I'll tell you what, even your body's tiny glands can have a big impact on the way you feel day in and day out.
I know that first hand. I'm years into my hypothyroidism diagnosis, and I finally feel like I have a handle on my symptoms.
Q uick refresher: hypothyroidism is a condition you get when your thyroid gland — the little butterfly-shaped gland in your neck — doesn't make enough of its hormones. Since it's such a small gland, that might not seem like a big deal. But my hypothyroidism symptoms absolutely shaped my life until I got them under control!
Whether you know you have hypo or you've been feeling off and you're trying to figure out what's up in your body, this blog is for you.
Common hypothyroidism symptoms
Hypo affects different people differently. (The big bummer? It affects more women than men.)
On top of that, hypo symptoms can ebb and flow or totally change over time. That said, there are a bunch of hypothyroidism symptoms I want to list here so you can get a better idea of if this condition might be affecting you. Some of the top signs of hypo are:
- Brain fog/trouble remember things
- Mood swings
- Weight gain and a puffy face
- Dry skin
- Weak muscles
- Thinning hair
- Achiness and stiffness in your muscles and joints
- Being more sensitive to cold
Like, what the heck? It's not enough that hypo can make you exhausted or irritable, it also has to make it harder to lose weight?? It's a bum deal, I'm telling you.
If a bunch of those symptoms sound like you, I can NOT encourage you enough to go see your doctor. Figuring out the right medication to balance out your thyroid hormone levels takes time, but the sooner you start, the sooner you get to feel like yourself again.
And you don't have to wait until your first doctor's appointment to start doing things to help reduce symptoms of hypothyroidism! Here are a few things that made a big difference for me:
Foods for Hypothyroidism Symptoms
The cleaner and healthier my diet is, the better I feel. It doesn't have to be crazy complicated just because you have hypo. Really, you should try to get lots of fruits and veggies, high-quality protein, and whole grains. Avoid packaged foods, especially ones with trans fats, lots of sugar, or a bunch of sodium.
Beyond that, those of us with hypo may benefit from getting more of certain nutrients, like iodine and zinc. I have a bunch of other resources you can use to dial in your diet and help reduce symptoms of hypothyroidism: