4 Reasons Every Woman Should Be Paying Attention to Her Thyroid

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The thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck, can either make or break performance in all areas of life.  Identifying thyroid dysfunction is key to living a healthy and productive life, especially for women. In fact, according to the American Thyroid Association, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems!

4 Reasons Every Woman Should Be Paying Attention to Her Thyroid 

1. Your Thyroid Controls Your Energy

Do you ever wonder why you feel so exhausted? It may not be just from a couple of late nights.

The thyroid gland controls how the body converts food to energy.  Simply put, the more thyroid hormone you have working, the more calories you will burn up and energy you will create.

Newer research suggests the thyroid also supports muscle growth and a sharp brain, while also shielding the body from wearing down from stress and disease.

2. Your Thyroid Gives Insight into If Your Birth Control Is Negatively Affecting You

Among the various contraceptive options, the pill is one that has come under attention, as it is a widely-utilized hormonal method of contraception. Because everyone reacts differently to hormonal changes, a blood test can reveal if hormonal deficiencies or imbalances have been created in your thyroid function.

Other biomarkers that give insight into whether or not your oral contraceptive is impacting you negatively are Cortisol and hs-CRP, which we test in our new Women’s Health Panel.

WellnessFX practitioner Ross Pelton, the author of The Pill Problem, teaches women how to mitigate the side effects of birth control pills. In addition to depleting nutrients, side effects that include abdominal pain, depression, severe allergic skin rash, and severe mood swings.

3. Your Thyroid Affects Your Weight

Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to lose those stubborn pounds?

The Thyroid gland is the master of metabolism.  When it slows down, your body’s ability to burn fat decreases.

The thyroid produces T3 and T4, the hormones essential to metabolism.  There is more T4, but T3 is stronger. Knowing these allow you to analyze and modify your body’s efficiency in regulating energy, enabling you to enhance weight loss and decrease weight gain.  

A poorly functioning thyroid can also impact your weight by interfering with exercise through:

  • Decreasing your ability to build muscle
  • Causing fatigue, which might make you cancel your workouts altogether

Read one woman’s story of unexplained weight gain and what she learned was actually happening.

4. Your Thyroid Plays a Key Role in Your Reproductive Health

One of the primary non-anatomical causes of infertility is Thyroid abnormalities, because of its effect on the menstrual cycle. Abnormalities include producing too much or too little Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH).

  • Too much TSH can result in hyperthyroidism, which causes increases in metabolic rate, sensitivity to heat, restlessness and anxiety, goiters, and weight loss. In the U.S., one in 1,000 women has hyperthyroidism.
  • Too little TSH can result in hypothyroidism, which is an underproduction of thyroid hormone. The most common form is an autoimmune disease called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. In Hashimoto’s, the body sees the thyroid hormone as foreign and attacks it. Symptoms include fatigue, sensitivity to cold, excess weight gain, poor circulation, dry skin, loss of hair, depression, and poor digestion.

Both Hyperthyroidism and Hypothyroidism can cause ovulation disorders, which affect the release of eggs from the ovaries.

Many thyroid abnormalities are seen during times of fluctuating reproductive hormones such as pregnancy and perimenopause.

How WellnessFX Can Help

As thyroid influences all aspects of your health, it helps to track your thyroid function before any abnormalities surface as a problem. The primary biomarkers to test for assessing thyroid function include:

  • T3 (the active thyroid hormone that directly impacts cellular function)
  • T4 (the “storage” thyroid hormone that is converted to T3 in the body)
  • TSH (the hormone from the pituitary gland that signals the thyroid to produce T3 and T4)

WellnessFX created an advanced thyroid panel if you’re interested in learning more about how well your thyroid is functioning.

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