Why Should I Care About My Thyroid?The best way to think about your thyroid is as the battery of your body. It doesn’t really produce energy, but it regulates how you use it. Your thyroid sets your metabolism. And if your thyroid is underactive, that means you aren’t burning energy as quickly as you should, which can easily lead to weight gain. The clearest signals that your thyroid is underactive are cold hands and feet, or a low basal temperature. You should be able to recognize cold hands and feet easily enough. You can take your own basal temperature by using a thermometer first thing in the morning, right after waking up. This is important—you’ll only get an accurate reading first thing, after sleeping for a significant block of time. At least three hours. And you’ll need to take your basal temperature a number of days in a row, in order to get an accurate reading. If you can take your temperature at the same time each morning, that’s ideal. If your basal temperature is low, odds are good you’ve got an underactive thyroid. At that point, you’ll want to get tested for an underactive thyroid—it’s just a simple blood test from your doctor. It’s important to note—it’s possible to have a normal thyroid reading, even if you have thyroid problems. For instance, Hashimoto’s disease—an autoimmune issue that affects the thyroid—doesn’t always show up in bloodwork. Your thyroid also is unusually sensitive to toxins—especially
What Does My Adrenal Gland Have To Do With My Weight?I’m going to tell you the truth: The adrenal gland largely remains a mystery to the medical world. Sure, we know some of what it does. But there’s plenty we don’t. In fact, your adrenal gland produces more than 100 different hormones—and we don’t even know what some of them are yet! However, there are two that we do know. And, when your adrenal gland isn’t working properly, those two hormones can lead to otherwise-unexplained weight gain. Those two hormones? DHCA and
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