Do I have an underactive thyroid?
There is a simple test you can do at home to determine if you have an underactive thyroid. Take your own temperature.
- Immediately upon wakening, and with a little movement as possible (stay in bed), place the thermometer under the tongue or in the rectum. Leave it there for ten minutes.
- Record the readings on three consecutive days.
- If the average temperature over the three days is less than 97.8F, then, according to Barnes, you may have hypothyroidism, or low iodine.
Can I help myself?
It would be an idea to consider taking an iodine supplement. Discuss this with a qualified naturopath, physician or nutritionist.