According to latest statistics, more than 30 million people in the US have a thyroid disorder.
What is more alarming is that half of those, or close to 15 million, are actually silent sufferers that still do not have their thyroid disorder diagnosed.
Statistics also say that women are more likely to develop thyroid disorder.
The data shows that women are 10 times more likely to have thyroid disorders.
Another alarming fact is that people are mostly uneducated and unaware of the problems that are linked with thyroid disorders.
The average Joe knows little to nothing about thyroid disorders.
The problem is, many diseases and illnesses have almost the same or very similar symptoms like thyroid disorder, causing doctors problems to make a quick and reliable diagnosis.
Thyroid disorders produce several symptoms that can affect almost every part of our body, and the consequences of ignoring the problem are catastrophic.
Therefore, it is vital and crucial that you diagnose the problem and understand the symptoms, causes and treatments of thyroid dysfunction.
Food allergies and sensitivity are among the likeliest factors that can contribute to thyroid function or dysfunction.
Thyroid Disorder Symptoms
We mentioned that thyroid disorder symptoms are very similar to other illnesses and disorders.
Therefore, it is important to know how to recognize the symptoms. They might develop slowly, and sometimes symptoms develop over the course of several years.
At the beginning, you might feel sluggish and tired, which further down the road develops into other symptoms.
Here are some of the common symptoms of thyroid disorder:
- Muscle weakness
- Feeling cold when it is not cold outside and when other people are not feeling cold
- Joint or muscle pain
- Weight gain, despite the fact that you are consuming low amount of calories
- Feeling of sadness and depression
- Feeling of tiredness
- Slow heart rate
- Pale and dry skin
- Hair loss, dry and thinning hair
- Abnormal menstrual bleeding
- Puffy face
- High levels of bad or LDL cholesterol.
In order to perform the test, you must check the pulse on the inside of your wrist.
The location is just below your thumb. This test can will help you determine if your thyroid functioning properly, or not.
Step 1 – Place two fingers of the hand you are not using on the artery, and press lightly.
Step 2 – Count the beats of your pulse for 30 seconds.
Step 3 – Double the result you’ve counter and you will get the beats per minute. You can also count for one minute if you like.
However, make sure that you use two fingers, but never the thumb. The thumb has a pulse of its own, and if you use it, you might get wrong results.
Once you have the results, it is important to interpret them. Here is how to do that.
1. Count the pulse for three days, and if the pulse is constant, the results show that your thyroid is functioning properly.
There can always be a difference of one or two beats per minute.
2. Check your pulse when you are standing, and then when you are sitting.
If your pulse is radically different, and your pulse is much stronger when you are standing, the results show that you are sensitive to food or environment.
3. If the maximum pulse is different for more than two beats for few consecutive days, your thyroid might be sensitive.
If you are suffering from some kind of infection, it is normal for your pulse to be different.
4. When your pulse is stronger for 6 beats more than your average maximum after you a meal, the results show intolerance to the food or to some of the ingredients used for preparation of the meal.
5. Check your pulse after you wake up in the morning. It is then when your pulse should be slowest.
If it is not the slowest, the results show that dust, perfume or some other allergen in your environment is causing problems for your thyroid.