Dianna Martino - Holistic Naturopath & Coach

Holistic Adelaide Naturopath

Stressed About Your Hypothyroid?

Tired, cold (even though the weather is warm), feeling down, weight gain… these are all symptoms of hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating various metabolic processes, growth and energy. The thyroid gland is a butterfly shape and is located in front of your throat below your Adam’s apple. It secretes many hormones that affect metabolism and energy, and in some people it can be over (hyper) or under (hypo) functioning.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Fatigue
  • Feeling cold
  • Depression
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Poor concentration
  • Puffy face
  • Swollen thyroid gland (goiter)

Causes of Hypothyroidism

  • Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune condition)
  • Stress

Stress Test

Now it gets interesting.

  • Have you experienced long periods of stress or intense stress events in your life?
  • Are you a worrier?
  • Are you concerned about the future?
  • Do you have high demands placed on you?
  • Aare you trying to be/do/ have it all?
  • Are you unwell?
  • Do you avoid stressful situations?
  • Do you get anxious?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?

The above listed are all signs of stress and may be causing your fatigue and possibly hypothyroidism.

Stress and Hypothyroidism

Stress stimulates your adrenal glands to produce the hormone cortisol, and high cortisol production inhibits thyroid hormone production. Stress could be the cause of your hypothyroidism (and fatigue, weight gain and associated symptoms).

What To Do Now?

Now that you know that stress could be the cause of your fatigue and hypothyroidism, what can you do? Naturally you would want to treat the cause of your stress, and also support and nourish your body and mind to not stress so much and to rebuild a healthy balance.

Top Tips to Tip-Over Stress

  • What are the causes of your stress? Can you reduce these?
  • Can you see stressful situations from a new and fresh perspective? This can be challenging when you are stuck in the middle of it all- some outside help can do wonders here!
  • Nourish your body with healthful foods to eliminate the stress and depleting effects of low nutrient foods. Leafy green vegetables contain much need minerals for health thyroid and adrenal glands, brown rice is a great source of B vitamins for stress coping and energy.
  • Cut out the caffeine and sugar- they stress you out more! They drive your adrenals and just plain make things worse internally for you. Substitute with herbal teas such as chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint or a beautiful calming blend.
  • Do something you love every day! Allow happiness into your life.
  • Find love and appreciation in your life now. What do you love? What do you appreciate? Focus on that feeling for as long as you can. There is no stress when appreciation is in the house. Learn this and more here.
  • Do you want a personalised program tailored to your life and who you are with expert support, help and advice just for you? You don’t have to do this alone, many people have got their life back from fatigue with the help of an experienced professional, now it’s your turn.