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The In-Depth Connection Between Stress and Thyroid

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There is no way to escape stress as we live in a world full of responsibilities We deal with several problems that can cause stress in our day-to-day life, whether it is incomplete work at the office or some family issue, you can’t just ignore it.

It is quite aptly said, excess of everything is bad and the same goes for stress. If we stress too much, our health definitely degrades. Not only does stress create havoc in our regular lifestyle but it affects our Thyroid as well.

Thyroid-  It’s a gland that appears low on the front of the neck and lies just below Adam’s apple, along the windpipe. The gland secrets several hormones, in which thyroxin hormone is main, which is also termed as T4. The hormone works throughout our entire body and works for growth and development, influences metabolism, and body temperature. It plays an important role during infancy till childhood as the hormone is important for brain development.

Stress And Thyroid connection

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Thyroid gland secrets hormones that play an important role in regulating metabolism, digestion, brain development, bones maintenance, muscle and heart functions. Due to stress, the body’s metabolism gets slower with time. The impact is such that in no time the person gains a lot of weight. Low metabolism results in many other issues such as chronic fatigue, depression, constant headache, constipation, dry skin, hair fall, etc. Therefore it is important to check on your mental health because stress is directly or indirectly connected with the Thyroid problem through the endocrine and the nervous systems.

Though all thyroid disorders are not affected by stress only a few get influenced. The thyroid condition which gets worse due to stress is “autoimmune thyroid disorders” and “Hashimoto’s thyroiditis”. Autoimmune thyroid disorder-grave disease is a condition in which the gland is overactive also known as Hyperthyroidism, whereas Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition in which the thyroid gland is under-active also known as a Hypothyroid condition. However, the stress doesn’t cause any thyroid disorder but it may worsen the condition.

1. Hypothyroidism And Stress

Untreated Hypothyroidism and stress together may lead to various issues, it may affect the memory, cognitive functions of a person, sometimes it may even impair mental functions also. The impacts are many, too much stress causes the problem of slower metabolism to the person. When thyroid function slows down during stress, the level of triiodothyronine(T3) and Thyroxine(T4) levels fall down.

In addition, the T4 to T3 hormone conversion stops which further results in a higher level of reverse T3. Therefore keep control of your stress is quite necessary to avoid these extra health issues. Relaxation is very important as it reduces the stress, and lessen the stress lesser will be the health hazards. Stress Management can help you to lead a healthy and better life. Try to avoid stress by maintaining a healthy, nutrient-rich diet and exercising regularly. Last but not least – try to have an adequate amount of sleep to control your stress for overall good health and well being.

2. Hyperthyroidism And Stress

Stress Relieving tips:

Your overall health problems related to stress and thyroid can be managed by making small changes in your lifestyle:

Eat healthily:

There is nothing better than switching to a healthy diet that is rich in all nutrients. A balanced diet may be different for everybody. But you should ensure that you are having a well-balanced diet at least 3 times a day. Your diet should be full of fruits, green vegetables and rich in protein. Try to have breakfast regularly which is high in fibers and proteins. Ensure that you are not having caffeine, alcohol or sugar in your diet.

Not only a balanced diet would help but keeping a check on the way you eat is also necessary. Take time to sit in a relaxed mode and enjoy your meal. Although it might sound difficult in beginning you will realize how great it would help you in digesting food faster.

Have a Good Night Sleep:

Ensuring a healthy quality sleep can be a little intimidating for hypothyroidism patients. But adopting a few habits before going to bed can be helpful. Like, have a strict time to go to bed and avoid any usage of technology or gadgets before going to sleep. Relax your brain before an hour of sleeping so that your adrenaline glands lower the stress level and let you sleep well.

Consume Vitamins:

You can consider some thyroid-supporting vitamins and add them to your diet. You can add several Vitamins and Minerals like:

  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin A, B, C and E

You might not be able to get rid of stress from your life but you may definitely help your body in dealing with stress in a nice way. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can be the best to avoid stress and hence Thyroid. Contact us, if you still have any doubts and need some consultation with a professional. Visit our official page:

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