Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism are conditions that affect the thyroid gland and can mean an underactive or overactive thyroid. The thyroid is a small gland that does a lot; responsible for releasing hormones that are crucial to many important functions like regulation of metabolism, heart rate, breathing, and body temperature. It also effects cholesterol levels, mood, energy, and weight management. Additionally, here are some key differences between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism that we’ll discuss in this episode.
Hypothryoidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is underactive and does not produce enough thyroid hormones.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:
- Persistent fatigue, lethargy, or depression
- Low motivation to exercise
- Moodiness, Anxiety
- Brain fog, trouble concentrating, forgetfulness
- Intolerance to cold, frequently feeling chilly
- A hoarse voice
- Unexplainable weight gain
- Constipation, bloating and other digestive issues
- Muscle weakness, aches or pains, other discomforts
- Dry hair and skin
The most common causes of hypothyroidism include an autoimmune condition like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, radiation therapy, an iodine deficiency, and certain medications.
Conversely, hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is producing too much of certain thyroid hormones (T4 for example).
Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:
- Insomnia, sleep troubles
- Nervousness, symptoms of anxiety
- Racing heart
- Eyes that appear large and sometimes bulge
- Unexplained weight loss
- Muscle weakness
- Multiple bowel movements
- High amounts of perspiration
- Thin, brittle hair
Some common causes of hyperthyroidism include an autoimmune condition like Graves’ Disease, inflammation of the thyroid, and consuming too much iodine.
Products Mentioned on Today’s Show:
Bacopa 320 – This high-strength standardized whole plant Bacopa monnieri extract CDRI 08® is clinically demonstrated to support working memory and retention.
Thyroid Essentials – This formula combines iodine and tyrosine, the two constituents necessary for the synthesis of thyroid secretions.* The minerals selenium, zinc and copper have been added as cofactors needed for normal thyroid function.* Additionally, this formulation has the Ayurvedic herbal extracts from guggul and ashwagandha to complement its nutritional support components.*
You can also listen to our Thyroid – The Small Gland That Makes A BIG Difference episode on our YouTube channel here.