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If you follow my work, you already know that your hormones are constantly performing a delicate dance inside your body. Interrupt this dance, and your weight, your mood, and your health can go haywire – fast. Hashimoto’s disease deserves a spot in the conversation about hormone balance, as it’s one of the most common conditions that can cause hormonal burnout and a host of vague symptoms you might attribute to other things. Before we delve into those, however, let’s recap what Hashimoto’s disease is: an autoimmune condition that involves thyroid dysfunction. Also known as autoimmune thyroiditis or “Hashi’s” for short, when you have Hashimoto’s disease, your body triggers an immune response in which antibodies are made that damage thyroid cells, resulting in low thyroid function over time. In other words, it’s a case of mistaken identity whereby your thyroid gets attacked by an overzealous immune system. What happens when your thyroid is low? Low energy, weakness, lack of concentration, dry skin, constantly feeling cold, just to name a few symptoms. Since Hashimoto’s can greatly influence your quality of life and your overall health, let’s take a look at the top three questions I tend to get on this topic for some better insight:
- Why do we see Hashimoto's so often in aging women?
- What are some of the symptoms?
- Swelling at the front of the throat (goiter)
- Weight gain
- Chronic fatigue
- Feeling cold all the time
- Joint pain
- Heavy menstrual flow or irregular periods
- Brittle, thinning hair
- How do I know if I have it - and how can I treat it naturally?