HEALTH: Hypothyroid

Hypothyroidism is a really common problem, especially among women.  About four years ago, my roommate commented on how tired I was all the time, this marked the beginning of my metabolism bumming out on me.  Over the course of 2 years my energy levels dropped astronomically, and I basically struggled getting out of bed at all.  I gained around 35 pounds and depression was setting in pretty hard.  I regularly don't see a doctor, but when I was getting blood work done last winter, my results came back hypothyroid. 

What this means is I have a under performing thyroid, its swollen and not squirting out those hormones my body needs.  If untreated, I could grow a pretty cool goiter if I ever wanna freak out the local kids.  But for now, I take Nature Throid, which is an all natural synthesized hormone taken from the thyroid gland of a pig, so that's cute.

Some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are pretty lame, I've been losing my hair recently (which is also a symptom of hypothyroid, and a side effect of the medicine), but overall the worst was depression.  It is important that we pay attention to our bodies, and if things feel off, seek the appropriate medical attention.  Sometimes we ignore our own health, so make sure to keep an eye out for your friends and loved ones too.  We have to stay strong for the future, take care of ourselves and each other.