9 TIPS FOR BATTLING FATIGUE WHEN YOU HAVE THYROID PROBLEMS
Are you tired all the time? Don’t worry. Revitalizing your energy is accomplishable. Fatigue and exhaustion are very common symptoms of hypothyroidism. When your hormones are balanced you are energetic and ready to take on the day. When stress comes you have the strength to deal with it without feeling like you need a glass of wine and a nap.
Above all it is critical that your hypothyroidism is optimally treated. ‘Normal’ doesn’t necessarily mean your thyroid lab tests are ‘optimal’ for you.
If you still need an energy boost, here are a few ways you can overcome your fatigue naturally. Supplement needs vary on an individual basis so consult with your doctor to be sure the suggested supplements are right for you and that the dosage is optimal for your body. Your medical history is unique. Your path to health will be unique too.
- Whole Food Supplements
Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial when you’ve got a hypothyroid or low functioning thyroid condition. But even if your diet is golden, you could be lacking in many nutrients. A whole food vitamin supplement can help with this by providing you nutrients and vitamins not present in your diet. A blood test is recommended to see just what your body is lacking. An omega-3 supplement is also a good idea.
- Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?
Your body’s adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney, help you manage stressful situations. When working properly, they release cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA to help you cope with everyday life. Adrenal dysfunction is not surprising if your life is very hectic and busy, causing the glands to become overwhelmed and exhausted.
You can speak with your doctor about getting an adrenal function saliva test. Treatment options include ashwagandha and rhodiola rosea, herbs that support the function of these two glands.
How would you know if you have adrenal fatigue?
- Do you have chronic fatigue?
- Does your energy plummet half way through the day?
- Do you struggle with insomnia?
- Do bright lights bother you more than they should?
- Do you startle easily due to noise?
- When standing up from sitting or lying down, do you feel lightheaded or dizzy?
- Do you struggle with chronic pain or fibromyalgia?
- Do you have chronic headaches or migraines?
- Do you have depression, anxiety, or mood swings?
- Do you struggle with weight gain?
- Do you have low sex drive?
- Do you feel wired and tired?
If you answer yes to many of these, speak to your doctor about an adrenal function saliva test.
- Ensure You’re Sleeping Right
Your body cannot function properly when you’re missing out on sleep. You should aim for about 8 hours of sleep per night and try to maintain a regular schedule. Remember to seek out a grounded or earthed sleep system.
- Balance Your Blood Sugar
To maintain a healthy thyroid, your blood sugar level must be kept in a normal range. Eating too many high glycemic carbohydrates causes the pancreas to secrete more insulin than usual, which leads to hypoglycemia and eventually type 2 diabetes. Following a ketogenic diet is a recommended solution to blood sugar roller coasters.
Keep tabs of your blood sugar level using a blood glucose meter if you know you have thyroid or blood sugar problems.
- Anabolic Not Catabolic
Anabolic exercise accomplishes the opposite of catabolic exercise (such as cardio and weight training). Anabolic forms of exercise include yoga and tai chi, which are much less stressful on the body and will not result in your body feeling as fatigued with lingering muscle soreness as it would with catabolic exercise.
- Take Vitamin B12
Vitamin B12 nourishes the production of red blood cells and assists the body with energy production in order to keep us healthy and active. Thyroid conditions such as Hashimoto’s are linked to a deficiency in B12, as is the tendency to feel tired and weak.
B12 is responsible for energy production, DNA synthesis and the formation of blood — no wonder we feel tired when we’re lacking in it.
- Lose the Sunglasses
Yeah, they might make you look super cool but getting out in the sun and exposing your eyes to the natural rays can boost your body’s endocrine system. Try to leave your sunglasses in your car when you go out on your errands. In fact, you might as well try to avoid them as much as possible unless they are important for your safety (such as while driving).
Basically, when you are wearing sunglasses, your body lowers its defenses to UV light and radiation as the tinting of light reaching your eyes gives your body the impression of less light and radiation.
- Get Some Iron
Iron produces protein which helps your blood cells deliver oxygen all around your body. When your blood is low in iron, you’ll find yourself feeling quite lethargic. How do you know if this feeling is linked directly to an iron deficiency? It will likely be coupled with feeling weak, irritable and having a hard time focusing.
Iron deficiency is one of the most common concerns doctors have with patients and it can be easily remedied by eating red-colored foods of all types.
- Don’t Forget Vitamin D
Vitamin D is unlike any other vitamin because it is a “pre-hormone” produced in the skin with sunlight exposure. The sun is the main source of Vitamin D3, a type of vitamin D that increases levels of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain called dopamine and serotonin. Deficient levels of either of these neurochemicals can be an underlying cause of fatigue and depression. A deficiency in vitamin D has now been linked to numerous health problems including hypothyroidism, depression, and even cancer. In fact, a recent study conducted by Boston University researchers revealed vitamin D affects genes that have a wide variety of biologic functions of more than 160 pathways linked to autoimmune disorders and cardiovascular disease.