Do you feel sluggish, tired all the time and are just not thinking clearly? Maybe having trouble maintaining your ideal weight or you have put weight on recently with no diet or activity changes? These are all signs of under-active thyroid. Some other signs of thyroid dysfunction are:
- dry skin
- cold extremities
- brittle nails
- hair loss
- chronic fatigue
- thinning of outside third of eyebrows
- memory loss
- joint pain
- food sensitivities
- irregular menstrual cycles
- autoimmune disorders
- chronic infections
- poor wound healing
As you can see, there are a lot of symptoms for under-active thyroid disorder or otherwise known as Hypothyroidism. Many of them are often mistaken for other health disorders and the thyroid is often overlooked. Hypothyroidism can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, liver disease, gall bladder disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Most doctors only run one specific test to check the thyroid (TSH) and that is just not enough of an indicator of thyroid function. Some more accurate test markers would be T4, T3, Reverse T4, Reverse T3, TPO and TSI. (More info and what to look for with these test markers coming soon!)
What is the Thyroid gland?
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the neck that controls our metabolism. It is in charge of controlling the metabolic functions of every single cell in the body. It has a very important job! If not functioning properly, it has the ability to negatively affect our health immensely in many ways. The above symptom list is just an example of the issues it can cause when not functioning to its capacity.
The Thyroid Federation International estimates there are up to 300 million people worldwide experiencing thyroid dysfunction, yet over half are presumed to be unaware of their condition. This is crazy and not right! Despite research connecting an under-active thyroid to some of the deadliest diseases out there, the hypothyroidism epidemic sweeping across the globe has gone largely unrecognized by most of the mainstream medical community.
Since most doctors are not running the correct lab tests on their patients, people are suffering unnecessarily with thyroid dysfunction. Here is a simple and FREE, at-home lab test that you can do to check your thyroid function, without having to even see your doctor or get a blood draw.
Simple at-home Test for Thyroid Function
Get an old-fashioned mercury thermometer, it cannot be a digital basal thermometer that are found in most stores these days. It simply will not work the same since these newer thermometers are not as accurate for reading the basal body temperature or BBT.
You will track your BBT over the course of 7 days. When you go to sleep at night, place the thermometer next to your bed and make sure it is shaken down to room temperature. Doing this will make sure that it is ready to go first thing in the morning and you won’t have to work up your temperature by shaking vigorously, which would cause inaccurate results.
When you awaken first thing in the morning, reach over and grab your thermometer and put it under your armpit. Do not get up, check your email or start a conversation with anyone. Simple lie there for 10 minutes while resting. It is okay to fall back asleep as long as you wake back up to record your temperature.
Record your temperature after 10 minutes on a log for seven straight days. Add up all the temperatures and then divided by 7. This will give you your average basal body temperature upon awakening.
- Between 97.8- 98.2 are normal.
- 97.7 and under points to an under-active thyroid.
- 98.3 and above could mean there’s an infection in the body or over-active thyroid which is known as Hyperthyroidism.
If you find you are getting a low or high temperature then I suggest doing some further investigation into your thyroid health. You may bring these results to your practitioner and request some further thyroid testing with the additional lab markers that I mentioned above.
This at-home test is a pretty accurate indicator of thyroid health that is used by many natural health practitioners. I hope you use it too and comment back with your results!
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