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Symptoms of Thyroid Imbalance Associated with Weight Gain
Written by Diet Bites
Health Article Includes Symptoms of Hypothyroidism
Unexplained weight gain is commonly associated with a thyroid imbalance.
In simple terms, an under-active thyroid not only stagnates attempts at weight loss, the imbalance also contributes to weight gain - even in individuals who have no need to lose weight, yet suddenly find themselves putting on pounds.
Symptoms of Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) include:
- Unexplained Weight Gain;
- Thickening of the Skin (the body's largest organ);
- Extreme fatigue; a decrease in energy levels; a continuous feeling of tiredness;
- Constipation or other digestive upsets;
- Inability to tolerate cold temperatures;
- Coarseness/hoarseness of voice;
- Thinning of hair;
- Swelling in the neck, face, particularly around the eyes;
- In females, heavy menstrual cycles.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms of Hypothyroidism, or a combination of the above symptoms, please see your doctor without delay.
Diet, Daily Habits & the Under-Active Thyroid
The following foods make good choices for the daily diet in those individuals who have a thyroid imbalance - but be certain to check with your doctor to see if all will fit into your personal treatment plan: apricots, avocados, asparagus, bananas, carrots, olive oil, sunflower seeds, whole grains, oily fish.
Foods that may interfere with the absorption of iodine in the body include: cabbage, kale, broccoli, mustard, lima beans, sweet potatoes, peanuts and soy products. Talk with your doctor about including these foods in your diet, including appropriate amounts.
Healthy tips for treating thyroid imbalances may include:
- avoiding stimulants (coffee, cola, tea rich in caffeine; alcohol, smoking)
- reducing stress levels using stress management techniques, such as a healthy dose of daily exercise
Drug therapy for treating a thyroid imbalance may include the following: selenium, iodine, Vitamin E and zinc.
- Foods rich in selenium content include: Brazil nuts, bran, onions, tomatoes, tuna and whole grains;
- Foods rich in iodine content include: Sea kelp, seaweed, haddock, cod - and most oily fish, including shellfish, Mayo, eggs, sea salt, iodized salt;
- Foods rich in Vitamin E content include: Mixed nuts (particularly almonds), sweet peppers, canola oil, many packaged cereals, carrot juice, spinach, canned tomato sauce, sunflower seeds, asparagus, blackberries;
- Foods rich in zinc content include: Oysters, ready-to-eat cereals, baked beans, turkey, crab, beef, lamb, pearled barley.