Metabolism is an important part of the functioning of a human body. Its responsibility includes regulating the energy levels and the body temperature. The rate of metabolism determines the rate of gaining or losing weight thereby making it a critical part of a weight loss program. A slower rate of metabolism can be due to age, a medical condition or certain lifestyle habits. There are a number of signs that show that your metabolism is slowing down and you need to get your thyroid gland checked, a few of these prominent and common signs are discussed below.
If you have severe headaches, it could be a result of the thyroid under-functioning. The under-functioning thyroid of thyroid slows down the metabolism and induces brain swelling, stress-induced headaches/migraines. It also causes the fluctuation in the cortisol levels that’s a stress hormone which may, in turn, cause migraines and metabolic imbalances.
9. It’s difficult to concentrate
A slow metabolism negatively impacts the absorption of nutrients and minerals by your body from the food you eat. Your brain depends on the energy received through the conversion of these nutrients and minerals. The lack of energy available to the brains hampers its functioning, thereby resulting in a failure or lag in your routine activities like the inability to concentrate or lack of clarity.
8. You are craving sugar
The adrenal gland regulate metabolism as well as the blood sugar levels. If there’s a problem with adrenal glands, your blood sugar level will drop resulting in a lack of energy that requires additional sugar intake to balance out the sugar levels. Whenever a person starts having a sugar craving to fulfill their energy requirements it may indicate lower blood sugar level that means a problem in the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands regulate metabolism as well so it’s a good indicator of slow metabolism.
7. General weakness and joint stiffness and pain
As discussed earlier, the body gains energy through the conversion of nutrients absorbed from the food. If the metabolism slows down, there’s a general lack of energy in the body. The immune system is dependent on energy for its functioning, so lack of energy hampers with its work making your body vulnerable to outside infections enhancing the risk of getting sick. This causes a buildup of fluids around the muscles and joints resulting in joint pains, stiffness, etc. So, a weakness of the body, joint pains, and joint stiffness are a good indicator of slow metabolism.
6. Inability to stay warm or feeling cold all the time
The thyroid and metabolism are responsible for maintaining the body temperatures. Under-functioning of the thyroid gland and a slower rate of metabolism will make you feel cold or unable to stay warm. It’s true the other way around, if your temperature is on the cooler aide your metabolism will slow down.
5. Loss of hair
In the human body, the nails, skin, and hair constantly regenerate. They need a constant supply of nutrients to maintain their growth. Since metabolism regulates the nutrient absorption, a slower metabolism will affect the flow of required nutrients to them. Your hair needs a constant supply of nutrients to remain healthy causing hair loss or loss of its vibrancy and health thereby indicating slow metabolism.
4. Dryness of skin
As mentioned earlier, your skin needs a constant supply of nutrients to regenerate and remain healthy. A slow metabolism will bring down the nutrient availability, thereby affecting the skin health. So, problems with skin like excess oil, dryness, itchiness, increased acne, paleness, and discoloration are indicators of potential metabolic malfunctioning.
3. It becomes difficult to lose weight
You lose weight when your body burns more calories than you consume. A sudden restriction on diet or under-eating causes slowing down of metabolism since it strives to conserve the calories. The slow metabolism will result in burning the low amount of calories hampering your efforts to lose weight.
2. Chronic Fatigue and lethargy
If you are constantly feeling worn-out and tired, it could be due to slow metabolism. The metabolism is responsible for supplying the energy for the normal functioning of your body through breaking down the consumed food and converting the nutrients into usable energy. A slow metabolism will mean diminished energy levels, causing a general feeling of fatigue and lethargy. These can also be caused by other problems like deficiency of vitamin B, iron thereby slowing down the metabolism.
1. Weight Gain
Weight Gain is the most common indication of slow metabolism. The daily food intake and exercising are major factors in deciding your weight, but a slow metabolism can affect your weight as well. A slow metabolism will result in lower calories being burnt allowing a major part of the food intake to turn into fat that will ultimately result in gaining unnecessary weight.