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Stress and Hypothyroidism
Your thyroid works in tandem with your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands, which are above your kidneys, can handle small amounts of stress well. When you encounter stress they release cortisol, which enhances various bodily functions.
The thyroid is a gland that sits across the wind pipe and manufactures hormones that basically manage our metabolism and energy.
One noticeable sign that your thyroid levels aren’t properly regulated may be fatigue. It can develop slowly or come on suddenly, leaving you barely able to lift your head off the pillow in the morning. You may feel like you can’t get through a day without a nap, or you sleep more than usual but still feel completely exhausted. You may not have the energy to exercise, or you may fall asleep during the day or very quickly at night and find it difficult to get up in the morning.
If your' experiencing exhaustion, which is frequently seen along with other hypothyroidism symptoms, the problem may be that your hypothyroidism isn’t sufficiently treated.
In order to manufacture these hormones it needs to have certain nutrients, predominantly iodine and selenium. Both of these minerals are deficient in NZ soils, hence many people have hypothyroidism
Being colder than other people
Feeling like you could sleep all the time
Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed via blood tests that measure the thyroid hormones T4 and T3 and also TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) that triggers their production.
How is it treated?
If you are diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, a first step is to make sure you have optimised your thyroid treatment. If does not resolve fatigue, there are other lifestyle, nutrition and treatment approaches to help get your thyroid function back into balance and improve your energy and stress levels.