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Thyroid And Weight Gain – Is A Low Thyroid Making You Fat?

By Joyce Gordey

If you are like a lot of people, especially women, the answer to that question is YES! Your thyroid plays a huge part in your metabolism. If your thyroid is sluggish, many of your other bodily functions will be out of whack.

So, what are the signs of a low thyroid?

* Lethargy and weakness

* Hair loss

* Weight gain

* Insomnia

* Constipation

* Swelling around eyes, face, hands, legs or feet

* Plumpness in the throat area

* Melancholy

* Dry or rough skin

* Reduced recall, forgetfulness, dementia

* Anxiety and tremors

* Heavy menstrual periods

* Low basal temperature (Cold hands and feet and an intolerance for cold)

* Muscle and joint pain

* Immune system problems

The Thyroid and Weight Gain

Unfortunately, often when individuals go to their clinician for assistance they are told their thyroid examination results were within the “regular” range of customary medical standards. Their thyroid might be on the low side of regular but not enough to merit handling.

And Then Comes Cortisol…

When your body is stressed it produces cortisol (it is your body’s stress survival hormone). Cortisol commands your body to keep energy (sugar) circulating in the blood so in case you abruptly need a spurt of energy it will be there available to use. (That’s part of the flight or fight in a human’s makeup.)

High cortisol levels prevent your cells from absorbing insulin and sugar from the blood, but it may also preclude your cells from absorbing the T3 thyroid (triiodothyronine) your body needs to keep running as it should. That may be the reason your blood test will show your thyroid is working fine, however you nonetheless have all the signs of low thyroid function.

Elevated cortisol levels not only make your body insulin resistant (think type 2 diabetes) it may similarly makes your body resistant to your T3 thyroid hormone. It’s a dual whammy and a vicious cycle. The more your cortisol levels climb, the more resistant you become and the more resistant you come to be the more stressed your body becomes and the more cortisol it will produce.

So What Can You Do to Cut Your Cortisol and Boost Your Thyroid?

For people with “normal” thyroid levels and all the signs of hypothyroidism (low thyroid) there are a number of steps you can take to better the quality of your life. Supplemental nutrients such as selenium and iodine, along with other vitamins and minerals, will put you on the way to feeling better and losing weight. Obviously with any thyroid treatment, the progress will not be immediate. It will take time, though some symptoms should improve within the first few weeks.

Learn more about Low Thyroid and Weight Gain. Stop by Joyce Gordey’s site where you can find out all about the best way to lose weight quickly.

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