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Look in Your Mirror for This One Cause of Weight Gain Advises Dr. Oz

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Do you ever suspect that something is not quite right with your health, feel lethargic or cold for no reason, and are gaining weight? If so, then According to Dr. Oz, you may be able to diagnose the cause just by looking into a mirror.

“Exhausted, even after a full night’s sleep? Gaining weight and can’t figure out why? Well the answer could be in your mirror,” says Dr. Oz in a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show as he tells women how they can diagnose their health for thyroid problems just by looking into a mirror and examining their thyroid gland.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland located at the base of the neck that produces a number of thyroid hormones of which one called “Thyroxine” or “T4” is of special importance in running your body like a well-oiled machine.

Dr. Oz explains that the main job of the thyroid gland is to regulate your cellular metabolism―a process he explains as follows:

“You can think of your metabolism a little bit like your utility bill. From neighbor to neighbor, no two utility bills are alike. Some people keep their AC at 76; some keep it at 68. Some take 20-minute showers; some hop in and out in 20 seconds. We all use and consume energy a little bit differently in our homes, and we all use and consume it a little differently in our bodies. And that plays a key role in weight management; some of metabolism is genetic, in that you're pre-disposed to have a quick-working metabolism or a slow-churning one. That regulation comes in part from your thyroid hormone.”

Dr. Oz expands on this analogy explaining that when you have a sluggish thyroid gland, you will find yourself feeling like you are low in energy, colder than normal (or colder than other people in the same room with you), and why you inexplicably find yourself gaining weight when your diet and activity levels have not changed.

A sluggish thyroid can be caused by a number of disorders including cancer. However, one common cause is a poor diet that is lacking in a thyroid-essential element called iodine. Iodine is required in your diet for the synthesis of the thyroid hormone thyroxine described earlier. Sources of iodine include iodized salt, sea vegetables, yogurt, cow's milk, eggs, strawberries and mozzarella cheese.

When you are deficient in iodine, your thyroid gland attempts to compensate resulting in the thyroid gland swelling quite large in a condition called “goiter.”

Dr. Oz advises viewers to take the time when looking into a mirror to look for the following signs of a sluggish thyroid:

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Thyroid Sign #1: The Eyebrow Test

Dr. Oz tells viewers that looking at your eyebrows and seeing whether or not they extend completely over the eyes can be indicative of your thyroid health.

“If the outer ends of the eyebrows are getting shorter or thinner, then you are not producing enough thyroid hormone,” says Dr. Oz.

Thyroid Sign #2: The Neck Test

Dr. Oz also tells viewers that when looking in a mirror in the morning that you should pay attention to your neck to see if there is any unusual swelling around your windpipe area. Palpating the area gently with your fingertips can help you determine whether your thyroid gland is starting to swell.

Other signs of Thyroid Problems:

However, a sluggish thyroid gland can present itself in other ways too. Health authorities state that you can also look for signs of thyroid problems by paying attention to your skin, your hair and your nails. They advise women to pay particular attention to areas of skin at the elbows, knees and under the breasts for signs of flakiness with a yellow discoloration and with a doughy feel to it. If you find that your dry skin is untreatable with moisturizers, then you may have a thyroid problem.

In addition, if your hair or nails are particularly brittle and prone to breaking or cracking, then you may have a thyroid problem and will need to see your physician to investigate the possibility further of whether or not you may be developing a thyroid condition.

For an informative article on signs of disease that you can watch out for, click-on the titled link, “7 Cancer Signs Women May Not Recognize.”

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Reference: The Dr. Oz Show