Thyroid & Adrenals

Still experiencing thyroid symptoms despite medication? Think you have a thyroid or adrenal problem? Are you on your knees with exhaustion?

Thyroid Problems

Often the very first thing that people notice when their thyroid is out of whack is the sheer exhaustion for no particular reason.  That’s because your thyroid is your internal motor that regulates the speed of EVERY function of your body. That also explains why the symptoms of thyroid problems are so varied. (By the way, if it’s on your mind that you have a thyroid condition, if you have any of these symptoms, make sure you see your GP to discuss).

Symptoms of under-active thyroid/Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Being sensitive to the cold (especially cold hands and feet)
  • Constipation
  • Weight gain (for no obvious reason)friends-eating-healthy-food_1098-2615
  • Muscle aches/ weakness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Dry skin
  • Low sex drive
  • Irregular/ heavy periods
  • Dry/ brittle hair and nails
  • Depression
  • Losing the outer third of your eyebrow (really!)
  • Pain/ numbness/ tingling in the fingers – carpal tunnel syndrome

Symptoms of over-active thyroid/ Graves Disease

  • Hyperactivity
  • Mood swings (including anxiety, nervousness, irritability)
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Muscle weakness
  • Needing to poo frequently
  • Sweating a lot
  • Weight loss (unexpected/ unexplained)
  • Absent or very light periods
  • Infertility
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Trembling/ tremor
  • Swelling in the neck (goitre)
  • Hives
  • Redness on the palms of your hands
  • Heart palpitations
  • Facial twitching

If you tick some of all of the above please feel free to contact to me here to arrange your personalized protocol.

Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is something that happens when your body has been under stress for a long, long time. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a massive life-changing event that tips you over the edge. Many clients I see with adrenal fatigue have just had that drip, drip, drip of stress through their lives. You know the kind of stuff: working, bringing up children, coping (in some cases) with divorce or the breakdown in a relationship. And as women, we just keep on going because we can and we’re strong and everybody is counting on us.

The adrenal glands are two walnut-sized organs that sit on top of the kidneys and are responsible for helping us deal with stress. Eventually, after years of dealing with life’s small traumas, the body cannot make sufficient adrenal hormones to do the job and you end up feeling absolutely rubbish.

Adrenal Fatigue Signs and Symptoms

  • Trouble getting out of bed
  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Feeling tired but wired
  • Chronic tiredness, even after you wake up in the morning
  • Trouble thinking clearly or finishing tasks
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lightheadedness/ dizziness on standing
  • Decreased tolerance to cold
  • Low blood sugar (hypglycaemia)
  • Sub normal body temperature
  • Lowered resistant to infection
  • Allergies
  • Depression
  • Joint aches and pains
  • Tendency to constipation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Craving sweet or salty foods

Two extra things are worth knowing: after menopause, when the ovaries are no longer producing oestrogen, the adrenals are your only source so you’ll want to make sure you get a handle on your stress levels as you reach 40.

The other thing is that your adrenal and thyroid glands are best friends so when one is not functioning optimally, the other is likely to be affected. So what I’m really saying is that if you know you have a thyroid problem, you’ll want to get massively into stress reduction.