How often do you feel tired? We always seem to be at one time of the day or another however when we seem to be complaining of fatigue coupled with symptoms such as sudden weight gain, bloating, constipation and muscle pains the source may something other than our busy schedules. These symptoms often come from having either a borderline or underactive Thyroid and if you aren't diagnosed with the condition early on, then waiting longer to get these symptoms checked by a professional can lead to being on medication for life. For anyone suffering these symptoms it's important to open the doors of your awareness and begin to recognise when they are happening – notably in the case of tiredness and those aches and pains which can come and go quite often. You should be asking yourself, do I have thyroid problems? If the problem has been persisting for some time then it's time to get it checked out and believe it or not an overwhelming amount of evidence suggests that having your Thyroid screened is one of the best decisions health we can make.
Despite the lifestyle changes available to people diagnosed with either a borderline or an underactive Thyroid it's the medicalisation of this condition which can lead some to believe that they will be on tablets for the rest of their lives, yet this doesn't always have to be the case. Often it only ends up being so when the condition goes undiagnosed for a prolonged period of time. This should prompt us to become more concerned about these mystery symptoms and begin to ask questions when they appear before making the move for testing (see Repair your Thyroid by Jill Grunewald for a great commentary on this). Getting tested for the condition could end up being the difference between taking action on your diet and fitness habits or indeed by being on medication for the rest of your days, so it's never been more important to become aware of how you are feeling physically instead of brushing these uncomfortable symptoms under the carpet.
If you're worried about these symptoms then the first step is to begin noting when and how often they occur, from here you can begin to take action on your health and opt for a Thyroid Health Screening. A change in diet can make a big difference to the symptoms experienced and this advice applies to the many of us who are aware of the possibility that we may develop a Thyroid problem but wish to reduce our chances of doing so. For a wide range of foods and information on Hyperthyroidism and more information specific to individual symptoms have a look at Hypothyroidism (http://hypothyroidisma.com/hypothyroidism-diet.php) for a great bank of information on these food-symptom relationships.
Outside of the wider spectrum there are three key players in terms of diet and an underactive Thyroid.
Foods High in Iodine can ease the symptoms of depression, irritability and anxiety which come with the condition – if you are the worried well, borderline or diagnosed with an underactive thyroid then foods such as organic strawberries as well as cranberries and other fresh organic berries are great, other sources include seafood and sea vegetables as well as eggs, sesame seeds and garlic.
Vitamin D & Omega-3 – whilst Vitamin D sources such as fish and eggs work to prevent bone loss, Omega-3 fatty acids which are found food in sources such as Salmon, olive oil, walnuts and ground flaxseeds promote the thyroid gland to function normally.
Zinc plays an important role in regulating organs in the body and is found in sources such as whole grains, sunflower seeds, beans and mushrooms so it's also important to load up on foods filled with Zinc.
It should be noted however that foods to avoid include Linseed, Peanuts, Turnips, Cauliflower, Peaches and Coffee as these foods have a tendency to aggravate the Thyroid glands which are already irritated. Of course much of this comes from the initial action of getting tested as with any single or set of symptoms it is taking notice and acting which can make the difference between a simple change in diet or one which has us dependent on Pharmaceuticals for life.