Hypothyroidism and a Sluggish Metabolism

Research shows that your metabolism tends to slow down with age. Being less active, losing muscle mass and the aging of your internal components all contribute to a sluggish metabolism.

Other factors that play a part in slowing down the metabolism are: Lack of sleep, too strict of a diet, not enough water, lack of calcium and stress to name a few. One common factor that contributes to a slow metabolism is a change in your hormones. Hormones change as we age and can put the brakes on the body’s energy use. This can cause a disease called Hypothyroidism.

Hypothyroidism is a common condition where the thyroid doesn’t create and release enough thyroid hormone into your bloodstream. This makes your metabolism slow down. Also called under-active thyroid, hypothyroidism can make you feel tired, gain weight and be unable to tolerate cold temperatures.

Foods with iodine will help your thyroid produce more hormones. These include: eggs, dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, and iodized salt.

Although traditional medicine recommends hormone replacement therapy, a safer way to go is through the use of natural and homeopathic alternatives to balance out the hormones, therefore alleviating these symptoms.