#hypothyrodism #womenshealth #diet&nutrition
The thyroid, a tiny, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the front of your neck, has an enormous impact on your overall health. It affects the function of every organ in your body and if it is not working properly, it can send your body out of sync.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the gland is underactive. This can present itself at any age, but the risk increases as you get older, and it is most commonly triggered by genetics. Women are three times more likely than men to develop hypothyroidism.
Common causes of hypothyroidism include:
Radiation exposure from cancer treatment
Certain medications used to treat cancer, heart problems and psychiatric conditions
Surgical removal of the thyroid
#Symptoms of hypothyroidism:
Unexplained weight gain or trouble losing weight
Hair loss and dry hair
Goiter (swelling of thyroid gland)
Slow heart rate
Sensitivity to cold
Your thyroid needs adequate amounts of iodine in order to fully function. You don’t need to take an iodine supplement in order for that to happen. A balanced diet of whole grains, beans, lean proteins, and colorful fruits and vegetables should provide enough iodine.