The thyroid is a very small but important gland that sits in the middle portion of the lower neck. It is such an important gland because it’s primary function is to effectively control the body’s natural metabolism. Therefore, it can dictate how fast or slow the body’s metabolism is regulated. It does this by producing various hormones which relay to the cells in order to figure out how much energy it should expend. Thus, a thyroid functioning optimally will maintain just the right amount of hormones that are needed to keep the metabolism going at an optimal rate. Whereas, when the thyroid is malfunctioning, it will operate either too slow or too fast. Below, we will be going over some of the symptoms, causes, and treatments for thyroid disease.
What Is Thyroid Disease?
When the thyroid malfunctions and produces too much hormone, the body uses energy at a much faster rate than it should. This is the thyroid condition known as hyperthyroidism. Whereas, when the thyroid malfunctions and produces too little hormone, the body ends up utilizing the energy much slower than it is supposed to. This is the condition that is known as hypothyroidism. There are various different reasons that these malfunctions can occur.
Causes Of Thyroid Disease?
This is one of the leading causes of this type of thyroid disease. This disorder can occur after childbirth and it is when there are excess hormones stored in the thyroid gland which can cause symptoms of hyperthyroidism for weeks or even months.
- Too Much Iodine
Another common cause of this thyroid disorder can come from getting too much iodine either through diet or through medication. Unfortunately, there are plenty of different over the counter and even prescription drugs that contain a lot of iodine which can completely disrupt your thyroid function. Along with this, eating a diet that is full of iodine can cause the same issues but it is not as prevalent.
- Grave’s Disease
This is another disease that can result in thyroid malfunction. With this disease, the gland might end up overproducing the total amount of hormone which can cause issues that directly tie into hyperthyroidism.
- Too Little Iodine
Just as having a diet of far too much iodine can result in overstimulation of the thyroid, having too little iodine can result in under-stimulation of the thyroid. This is not nearly as prevalent nowadays given iodized salt is so widely used throughout the population. You do not need a lot of iodine in order to avoid this condition.
Just as it can cause hyperthyroidism, this condition can cause inflammation which can cause too little amounts of the hormone being produced.
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
This is a specific and painless disease that can be passed on from generation to generation and cause malfunctioning of the thyroid gland.
Symptoms Of Thyroid Disease:
This is perhaps one of the more noticeable symptoms that you might have when you suffering from thyroid disease. This occurs because your thyroid controls your energy levels. Therefore, any poor functioning of your thyroid and you are going to be dealing with an inability to sustain high energy levels. This is especially true for those that suffer from hypothyroidism and a severe slow-down in metabolism.
Another common symptom that you might notice when you suffer from this type of disease would be muscle weakness. This is a direct result of having a lack of energy production. Along with weakness, you might even experience severe muscle soreness because your muscles have a hard time recovering.
Slow Heart Rate
Another symptom is having a severe slowdown in your heart rate. This can crop up because your metabolism slows down which signals to your body to slow down your heart rate.
Another symptom would be irregular sweating. Typically when you suffer from hypothyroidism, your body is going to slow down its energy burn which can reduce the amount that you would normally sweat.
Another symptom that you might experience when you suffer from hypothyroidism would be sensations of being cold even when you shouldn’t be. This is primarily due to the fact that your metabolism slows down to a crawl. Your metabolism is slowed down can reduce the amount of heat that your body naturally generates which will make you feel colder than you should.1 Along with this, your thyroid is meant to help regulate your body temperature when you are in colder climates and having a disease that slows down your thyroid function can really limit its ability to do its job effectively.2
Another significant symptom that you are likely to experience when you suffer from thyroid disease would be unexplained and uncontrollable weight gain. This is primarily because you have a lack of energy to work with which can really limit your physical activity. However, along with this, your body’s metabolism slows down to a crawl which can limit the number of calories that you burn at a rested state. Therefore, you will gain weight even if you sustain the same diet that you have always eaten. Along with this, having hypothyroidism can signal to the body store more calories than you consume as fat which can further increase weight gain.
This is another very prominent and noticeable symptom that you might experience if you are suffering from hypothyroidism. Your hair growth is something that is regulated by the thyroid hormone. Therefore, having decreased thyroid function can lead to a decrease in the regeneration of hair follicles which can cause thinning of the hair and hair loss. This is why a lot of people that suffer from thyroid dysfunction end up suffering from hair loss.3
How Aromatherapy Can Help With Thyroid Disease?
To understand how aromatherapy can help, you first must know whether or not you are dealing with hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. While there are plenty of things you can do like making lifestyle changes which can yield great benefits to those that suffer from thyroid disease, aromatherapy can provide similar benefits. Below, we will be going over how aromatherapy can help and what different essential oils can do.
When it comes to having thyroid disease, the biggest symptoms come as a direct result of having a lack of hormonal balance. By using various essential oils that are known to help restore balance like frankincense and clary sage oil, you will be able to improve overall thyroid function.
You might experience irritability and even increased anxiety when you are dealing with thyroid issues. Because of this, chamomile might help as it has shown to have a natural ability to help reduce stress levels and anxiety in sufferers.
Peppermint essential oil is another great option to consider if you are suffering from thyroid issues because it will not only help reduce inflammation, but it can help to ease the pain of muscle aches that you might experience with thyroid disease. Along with this, it can help to boost energy levels which are typically exhausted with this type of disease. MONQ’s Mountain blend has peppermint and provides relief as if you were in the Andes!
This essential oil is known to not only offer anti-inflammatory benefits, but it can help to support the thyroid in a variety of ways.4
As you can see, thyroid disease is a common disorder. Depending on which type you have whether it be hypo or hyperthyroidism, you might experience different symptoms. By doing to a doctor to get tested, you should be able to figure out what type of thyroid disorder you have and the best way to treat it. If you are looking for natural ways to reduce the negative symptoms associated with thyroid disease, you should look to make diet improvements, lifestyle changes, and incorporate essential oils through aromatherapy.
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