Is Your Thyroid Problem a Result of a Vitamin D Deficiency

vitamin-d-and-depression-01Have you ever heard someone blame their weight on their thyroid? So many people blame the thyroid for their problems, that it is starting to seem like a mythical body part. However, thyroid problems are common, and they can be linked to several different health issues. One of the main causes behind a slow thyroid is a vitamin D deficiency. In fact, 72 percent of women experience vitamin D deficiency and a sluggish thyroid.

Many doctors can detect an underactive thyroid but when they do, they usually prescribe medication. The doctor’s tests usually do not measure to see if there are any vitamin deficiencies. This means that many people with thyroid conditions do not feel better even after several months on the prescribed medication.

How to Tell if Your Thyroid is Being Affected by a Vitamin D Deficiency

If you are feeling fatigued most days of the week, despite getting enough rest and you have two or more of the symptoms below, it could be a vitamin D deficiency.

  • Body achiness
  • Feeling down
  • Fuzzy brain and memory lapses
  • Feeling weak throughout your muscles
  • Hair loss
  • Chills and always cold
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Loss of libido
  • Weight gain

How to Boost Your Vitamin D

  • Under a doctor’s care and recommendation, you can take a higher dosage of vitamin D. Most multi-vitamins will not help you with your deficiency. Instead, consult with your doctor about which dosage is safe for you and how to better optimize the results. Remember, taking an excessive amount of any vitamin can cause health problems, this is why it is essential to consult a physician first.
  • Spend more time in the sun with proper sunscreen, of course. Try to spend 20 minutes a day with your arms and legs exposed to the sunlight. Not only will this help your thyroid problem, but it will also boost your mood naturally.
  • Add more natural vitamin D sources into your diet. Fish, nuts, and cod liver oil are all great sources of vitamin D. You can find cod liver oil in tasty flavors, which make it easy to take daily.

Thyroid medications are continually rising as more women are seeking help. However, just boosting vitamin D levels could eliminate thyroid issues in at least 25 percent of women. Talk with your doctor about your thyroid and increasing your levels of vitamin D. You can also ask for your doctor to check your vitamin D levels, however, sometimes only severe deficiencies will show up in standard blood tests, missing low levels of vitamin D all together.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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