Simply put, it’s an under-active hormone producing gland. The hormones produced from the thyroid cover things like:
T3 – A long word (triodothyronine) which helps to regulate your body’s temperature, heart rate and metabolism.
T4 – Same as above, the shortened version is Thyroxine) which does the same things with the heart rate and metabolism.
Now the reason i’m bringing this up is that a lot of people think they have an under-active thyroid gland. One of the most common causes of under-activity here is the immune system in your body (which usually fights infection) actually attacking the thyroid gland, and then slowing the process of thyroxine.
This is when it can be causing weight gain, and this can usually be countered by medication.
Some of the other common symptoms are:
- sensitivity to cold temps.
- muscle aches
The good news is that most under-active thyroids are usually caught by doctor’s check ups earlier, where the GP will notice common symptoms and make an educated guess… after which a test can be performed on your blood for TSH levels.
The reason I bring this up is that some clients i’ve seen in the past attribute their lack of results in a particular area to an under-active thyroid, whereas this is usually notified earlier in life. Just as a statistic – in the UK, hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid) affects around 15 in every 1,000 women and one in every 1,000 men.
I won’t go too much into detail about the glands, hormones etc… but if you’re that worried about your symptoms if they’re getting beyond bearable levels, please seek counsel from your GP regarding the matter 🙂
If not, then maybe you need a kick-start with a different type of training. Which could come from finding a group workout program where we teach you all about nutrition and how to work WITH your body and not against it.
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Have a good day 🙂