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Which Is It: Hyper or Hypo?

Group of women smilingDo you suspect you may have a thyroid disorder? Take a look below at the symptoms associated with either Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism so you can educate yourself on the potential warning signs and begin to regain your health.

Hypothyroidism symptoms:

  • Brain fog
  • Brittle nails
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Cold intolerance
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Elevated cholesterol levels
  • Fibrocystic breast disease
  • Hair thinning or loss

Hyperthyroidism symptoms:

  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive issues like diarrhea and frequent bowel movements
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Hair loss
  • Hand tremors
  • Increased appetite
  • Irregular menstrual periods
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nervousness
  • Palpitations
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Unexplained weight loss

Hyper vs Hypo, what’s the difference?

If your thyroid is producing too little or too much of its important hormones, almost every organ in your body can be thrown off kilter.  The two most common disorders most people experience are hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.


Hyperthyroidism occurs when your body has too much T3 and T4.  These hormones flood your system, causing ugly symptoms like hair loss, nervousness, irritability, anxiety, shaky hands, and excessive sweating.


Hypothyroidism, on the other hand, takes place when T3 and T4 are present in low amounts in the body.  Hypothyroidism is more come than Hyperthyroidism. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fatigue, high cholesterol levels and even infertility.

The health of your thyroid is nothing to brush off or take lightly.  It can be very serious when your thyroid function is low. When you thyroid is off it can alter your personality and rob you of the joy of life! Depression and anxiety are common when the thyroid isn’t functioning correct.

Why is thyroid disease so widespread?

A lot can be attributed to your diet and environment.  Your thyroid can be under constant attack by things like fluoride, chloride, and bromide in which your body absorbs through foods you eat or things you drink. Other factors that can interfere with proper thyroid function are digestive imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and chronic stress. Foods containing gluten can mess with thyroid function.  Also, foods like broccoli, brussel sprouts, soy and spinach can wreak havoc on the thyroid function.

So, if you feel chronically tired, can’t lose weight or have difficulty tolerating cold temperatures, your thyroid might be to blame.  Or if you are feeling wired, anxious, or hot when others are around your thyroid may be the culprit as well.  The truth is, a lot can go wrong with this important gland so if you are wondering if your thyroid may be your issue it may be worth finding out!

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