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Symptoms of Thyroid Imbalance
Associated with Weight Gain

Written by Sky Taylor, 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.

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