Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, a type of autoimmune condition, is affecting an alarming number of people today. In fact, low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, has been estimated to afflict upwards of 300 million people worldwide. And up to 60 million of those live in America alone!
The butterfly shaped thyroid gland which sits at the base of your neck is a tiny powerhouse that regulates metabolism and controls the health of just about every organ in the body. Normalizing thyroid activity is vital to your health, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder.
Hashimoto’s involves the production of the autoimmune thyroid antibodies, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb). When these antibodies infiltrate the thyroid gland, they wreak havoc, causing damage to the tissue. In essence, the immune system is attacking the thyroid.
The signs and symptoms of Hashimoto’s are basically the same as those of hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland. They include fatigue, sluggishness, increased sensitivity to cold, brittle nails, hair loss, unexplained weight gain, achy joints and muscles, a puffy face, loss of eyebrow growth – especially on the outer third of the brow, diminished sex drive and even depression.