It’s estimated that as many as 25 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and half of them have no idea that they do. Hypothyroidism, or an under-active thyroid, accounts for 90% of all thyroid imbalances.

The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland in the center of your neck, is the master gland of metabolism. How well your thyroid is functioning is inter-related with every system in your body. If your thyroid is not running optimally, then neither are you.

The thyroid’s main function is to secret two important hormones, TSH and TRH. TSH stimulates the production of T3 and T4 hormones and it signals the gland when there’s enough T4 so that it stops secreting it.

About 85% of the T4 hormone is produced by the thyroid gland and it’s an idle hormone contrary to the T3 which is a bit more dynamic. The body converts the T4 into T3, which is a very important hormone for our overall health, in charge of processes like digestion and body temperature regulation, among other crucial functions.

10 Signs You May Have a Thyroid Problem:

1. Pain in your joints and muscles

2. Fatigue

3. Unexplained weight gain

4. Hormonal imbalance

5. Constantly feeling your feet and hands being cold even at high temperatures

6. Feelings of anxiety and depression

7. Swollen neck, snoring

8. Constipation

9. Brittle nails, dry skin and hair loss

10. Brain fog and memory loss

10 Things You Can Do about It

What are 10 things you can do to improve your thyroid function?

1. Stop consuming gluten

2. Start with supplements that have iron, zinc, selenium, D and B vitamins

3. Start with daily doses of iodine and tyrosine supplements

4. Drink only filtered water (eliminate bromide, fluoride, and chlorine)

5. Eliminate your amalgam fillings and replace them

6. Lower the stress levels with some meditation or yoga

7. Sleep a minimum of 8 hours every night

8. Don’t eat so much cruciferous veggies

9. Heal your gut. A properly functioning digestive system (gut) is critical to good health.

10. Watch your intake of raw goitrogens.

NOTE: The problem with hypothyroidism is that it’s often misdiagnosed because its symptoms can be confusing. To properly diagnose a thyroid problem you need to run a series of extensive tests because just one or two don’t give the complete picture of the condition.