Thyroid health issues develop due to decreased production of thyroid hormones by the small butterfly-shaped thyroid gland located in the throat.
These hormones play a vitally important role in maintaining overall health.
The most common symptoms of an underactive thyroid are fatigue, muscle weakness, stubborn weight gain, constipation, hair loss, mood changes and a lower than normal body temperature.
If left untreated hypothyroidism, the term for low thyroid function, can lead to serious health problems such as cardiovascular disease, depression and fertility issues.
The Root Causes of Thyroid Health Issues
The good news is, you can take the necessary steps to naturally restore thyroid function and live a healthier life.
Firstly, if you suspect you are dealing with symptoms of an underactive thyroid talk to your healthcare practitioner who can arrange comprehensive testing and further investigate the underlying causes of thyroid dysfunction.
To navigate your way back to optimal health it’s crucial to address the underlying reasons why a problem has developed. For example, food allergies, chronic infections, systemic inflammation, environmental toxins, nutritional deficiencies, hormone imbalances, poor gut health, and stress take a serious toll on thyroid health.
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