There is a long list of symptoms associated with thyroid deficiency and dysfunction. Some of the more well known include fatigue, sensitivity to the cold, digestive issues, and thinning hair. The less known symptoms are ones like reduced reflexes, speech problems, and heart issues.
The current list has over 300 symptoms and being aware of these symptoms can be daunting. If you think you might be experiencing some of these symptoms, you should ask your physician about your vitamin and mineral levels. Along with everything else, an underactive thyroid gland can cause various vitamin/mineral deficiencies, many of which are vital to the body’s function.
Thyroid Deficiency: The Supplements You Need
Iron levels take a big hit when you have hypothyroidism. The presence of an iron deficiency, also known as anemia, can be problematic and even life-threatening if left untreated. Iron is essential for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Thyroid dysfunction like hypothyroidism can cause low iron levels due to poor digestive health. This can lead to a condition known as hypochlorhydria. This is when the stomach acid levels decrease making it impossible to absorb proper nutrients.
While a low functioning thyroid can lead to iron deficiency, iron deficiency can also lead to a low functioning thyroid. So if you suffer from both, the conditions will continue to get worse. Iron does not only carry oxygen throughout the body. It also helps deiodinase activity which is the conversion of the thyroid hormones from T4 to T3. Without this, the body is without the active form of the thyroid hormone.
Increasing your iron levels can be a difficult task especially if you have a thyroid issue. One way to increase your levels is through iron-rich foods such as beef, pork, chicken, eggs, beans, and whole grains. Always include them in your hypothyroidism diet plan. You can also take an iron supplement or, if your levels are low, your doctor may consider iron injections.
This list hasn’t even scratched the surface in regards to the type of deficiencies that one can expect to see with hypothyroidism or thyroid dysfunction in general. We are hopeful it gives you some insight and causes you to bring these levels up at your next doctor’s appointment.
Are there any vitamins or minerals you’ve seen directly relate to thyroid deficiency? Let us and others know in the comments section below!