Mood Swings Hypothyroidism: The Emotional Roller Coaster

All our hormones work together to create balance and harmony. All it takes is one hormone to be out of whack and the delicate balance is ruined (mood swings hypothyroidism).

If you’re thyroid is out of sync then it leads to a biochemical imbalance resulting in an emotional roller coaster.

Our endocrine system is a number of glands which control our hormones and neurotransmitters. Hormones and neurotransmitters are chemicals which regulate our emotional and mental state.

Thyroid, Hormones and Neurotransmitters

These chemicals aid our brains to balance emotions. When you have an issue with one gland (such as the thyroid) all the other glands are affected as well. Imagine your endocrine system is like a car.

For a car to run efficiently all the parts have to be working at just the right time. It’s the same for the endocrine system all the glands have to be working well or the system suffers.

When thyroid levels drop we need to also look at the adrenals, hypothalamus, pancreas, pituitary and ovaries as well. When you have hypothyroid or hypoadrenals (hypo means low) mood swings can become a daily problem (mood swings hypothyroidism).

Mood Swings Hypothyroidism

The problem is in Western medicine, professional tend to look and the symptoms not the cause! So when a woman goes to her doctor and confides she is suffering with mood swings, depression and anxiety. They are often prescribed anti-anxiety or anti-depressant medication. The issue I have is depression isn’t a drug deficiency.

What Is the Cause Of Mood Swings Hypothyroidism?

The cause is the common problem of your poorly functioning inflamed glands when it comes to your emotional stability. AND if these glands are not working correctly you get the symptoms such as being on an emotional roller-coaster. We have to look at the cause not the symptoms.

If you visited my site before or you’ve done some research in to hypothyroidism you will know your thyroid gland regulates your metabolism. However did you know it’s also part of your nervous system, immune system and also helps the functioning of your brain?

The common held belief is the brain tells the body what to do. But the truth is our hormones go into our blood, are transported to the brain and are what tell your brain what to tell our body to do!

When you have a hormonal imbalance it’s hard on you…

Because when the symptoms start, it triggers a grueling, self-perpetuating cycle which is extremely hard to stop.

This is the downward spiral most women feel when their hormonal balance is out of sync due to a thyroid disorder. When you’re suffering with hypothyroidism and/or low adrenal levels you become stressed and feel overwhelmed. It will often make you irritable and moody.

The anxiety and stress increases the feeling of being overwhelmed. Which creates more stress on your adrenal gland thus leading to greater fatigue. This horrendous cycle soon becomes a several faceted problem.

What Hypothyroidism And Adrenal Fatigue And Why Do I Have It?

The thyroid and how it functions can be damaged by pollution, poor dietary habits, stress and systematic yo-yo dieting.

If your body is working well then your adrenal glands release, in perfect harmony. And balance the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and DHEA to allow you to cope with the stress and demands of daily life.

The adrenal gland will also have plenty of sleep time to recover, revive and restock themselves. So they are primed to help us when needed.

If the world was perfect then the thyroid would be the gland in charge of all the others. And make two important hormones, the hormones which stop at each cell it needs to be consuming more oxygen or nutrients. Thus stepping up or slowing the rate of metabolism.

Regrettably, we can’t create an ideal situation for our hormonal systems. This is especially true for women whose lives are in general wearing and demanding. We women have jobs, finances and families to take care of.

Many of us have hormonal teens to look after and some even aging parent and grandparent too. This can all place an enormous stress and strain on our lives. And our adrenal gland leading to mood swings hypothyroidism.

 

Our Adrenal Gland Can Become Overwhelmed

Our adrenal glands can become overwhelmed and fatigued thus unable to meet the body’s demand for adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA. Instead of being in adaption phase where we can adjust to everything. We are in a low phase were we can’t adapt at all.

Plus it’s possible you’ll also become micro-nutrient and mineral deficient. So not only do you have to try and handle the added stress…

The food that’s your fuel you need to repair is missing the ingredients (micro-nutrients) we need to heal.

Yes, it’s true none of use eat perfectly, but even if we did, the food we eat are deficient in the nutrients we need. It is like putting in watered down gas in to your vehicle and expecting it to run perfectly.

In fact even when your thyroid is happy and you’re on the right supplements you can still experience mood swings if you cortisol is low or high.

Ok let us take a moment please…

Remember the last time you had to take evasive action to avoid say a deer or another car whose driver was on the phone in your lane:

  • How did you feel?
  • Were you trembling?
  • Tense?
  • Breathless?
  • Was your mind racing?

Your reactions were a result of the “fight or flight” mode; physical responses to the release of adrenaline and cortisol. When your body is under physical stress due to a hormone imbalance, lack of sleep, lack of nutrients or stress.

These two hormones can also become out of balance too. They can be either too low or too high. When they rise or fall, surges of either one of them can cause sensations of anxiety, panic attacks and heart palpitations.

These two hormones can even cause you to bolt out of a deep sleep in the middle of the night. They may make you feel wired and tired at the same time.

The Need to Balance Stress Hormones

The central reason why you have anxiety, mood swings, panic attacks and low thyroid function is a lack of nutrients. Which are VITAL for the normal function of thyroid hormones.

When you have nutrient deficiencies they put a large stress on your body especially your adrenal and thyroid gland.

Here are some supplements you may want to research and talk to your doctor about:

  1. You should look in to a wholefood multivitamin. Plus make sure you are getting selenium and B12 from your chosen multivitamin too. It is worth getting your selenium and B12 levels tested in case you need to supplement with extra in addition to your multivitamin
  2. You also need to take Omega-3 too.
  3. I would also look in to magnesium and calcium, which I recommend before bed as they are great for dealing with insomnia.
  4. Then there is Ashwagandha which is a great adaptogen herb. An adaption herb is one which helps the body adapt. It is ideal for the adrenals and works great in times of stress.

Most western diets are deficient in these nutrients, even if you think you eat well. Plus you have to be aware the thyroid makes free radicals (cell damaging poisons) even when it is running correctly.

When the thyroid isn’t working efficiently thus working harder, it makes even more free radicals leading to additional inflammation in the body, Free radicals can only be neutralized by antioxidants. So when you’re antioxidant levels are spent your thyroid function slows even further!

The fact is most diets are lacking in nutrients and antioxidants. You should be eating foods with antioxidants in them every day such as:

  • Dark green vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Berries and
  • Sweet potato

Plus these foods are also good for anti-ageing too!

The supplements mentioned above will also aid the formation of your thyroid hormone. And will protect the thyroid gland and liver so they can more effectively produce and activate hormones.

The supplements make it easier for your body to increase T3. And aid the transportation of thyroid hormone in to cell tissues to turn on your metabolism. These supplements are ideal for supporting healthy weight management, cholesterol and biochemical imbalance too. Which are all vital too anyone who is struggling with mood swings and thyroid functions.

Last of all if you’ve been under tremendous amounts of mental and physical stress. You might find taking thyroid and adrenal glandular supplements short term can aid you recovery. However I would recommend talking with you natural doctor before taking a glandular such as Thyromine.

Sleep and exercise are both important lifestyle factors to consider too. As they can help balance your moods and hormones. It’s harder to sleep without exercise. I recommend getting a minimum of 8 hours solid a night. This is uninterrupted sleep in a complete dark room, without television and music.

It is important if you do get up in the middle of the night you do not turn a light on. As this will give signals to the brain that the night is over. Exercise is recommended and opt for one you enjoy.

It will make you feel better and helps with stress too. It can be as simple as a good walk every day. But if you can stretch to yoga or Pilates all the better.

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