The thyroid gland overviewThe thyroid gland plays a significant role in metabolic function, development, and growth. It also regulates key mechanisms that keep you alive, including your heart rate, digestive function, bone maintenance, and more. This little gland sits at the front of the neck, just below your vocal cords. On average, the thyroid gland weighs about 40-60 grams. And it stores the thyroid hormones, known as T3 and T4. These hormones are what signal to your body to increase metabolism, including raising body temperature, increasing heart rate, and more. Without them, your body simply doesn’t function properly. And when the thyroid health is suffering, a cascade of events occurs, impacting other parts of your body and its systems.
Symptoms of thyroid deficiencyOne of the most common questions I get, "How do I know my thyroid is not working properly?" or "How do I know if I have a thyroid deficiency of some sort?" Usually, the following signs and symptoms tell-all:
- You feel tired and fatigued all the time.
- You’re always cold.
- You easily gain weight.
- You’re constipated.
- Your mood is all over the place or you may experience depression.
- You have muscle aches and weakness.
- You have thinning hair and brittle nails.
- You have a low sex drive.
- You experience irregular or painful periods.