Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the front of the neck which is responsible for producing 3 types of metabolism hormones that are vital to the proper functioning of many systems in the body. These hormones interact with other hormones such as insulin, cortisol and estrogen to keep things running smoothly.

There are two types of thyroid disease: Hypothyroidism – when there is a decrease in thyroid activity, leaves you feeling fatigued, sluggish and could possibly lead to depression, and Hyperthyroidism – when there is a significant increase in thyroid activity, which makes you feeling jittery and irritable, and could potentially lead to insomnia, anxiety, and increased appetite.

Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the front of the neck which is responsible for producing 3 types of metabolism hormones that are vital to the proper functioning of many systems in the body. These hormones interact with other hormones such as insulin, cortisol and estrogen to keep things running smoothly.

There are two types of thyroid disease: Hypothyroidism – when there is a decrease in thyroid activity, leaves you feeling fatigued, sluggish and could possibly lead to depression, and Hyperthyroidism – when there is a significant increase in thyroid activity, which makes you feeling jittery and irritable, and could potentially lead to insomnia, anxiety, and increased appetite.

thyroid

Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located in the front of the neck which is responsible for producing 3 types of metabolism hormones that are vital to the proper functioning of many systems in the body. These hormones interact with other hormones such as insulin, cortisol and estrogen to keep things running smoothly.

There are two types of thyroid disease: Hypothyroidism – when there is a decrease in thyroid activity, leaves you feeling fatigued, sluggish and could possibly lead to depression, and Hyperthyroidism – when there is a significant increase in thyroid activity, which makes you feeling jittery and irritable, and could potentially lead to insomnia, anxiety, and increased appetite.

Some of the symptoms associated with a malfunctioning thyroid gland include:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Dry or rough skin
  • Hair loss
  • Brain fog
  • Sensitivity to the cold
  • Digestive issues
  • High cholesterol or blood pressure
  • Endometriosis
  • Infertility

Some other factors that inhibit thyroid are:

  • Excess cortisol secretion from adrenal glands
  • Selenium deficiency
  • Excess sugar in diet
  • Chronic illness
  • Compromised liver or kidney function
  • Oral contraceptives (excess estrogen production)

There are certain individuals with characteristics that increase their risk for a malfunctioning thyroid. Typically, females are more vulnerable to developing thyroid issues than males are. These women generally are between the ages of 20-55 with more risk near the menopausal years.

There is also a genetic component to thyroid disease which increases your risk if a parent or family member has suffered with this issue in the past. Iodine deficiency has also been linked to thyroid disease as it is an essential ingredient for the secretion of T3, T4 and T2 hormones.

Finally, individuals who are exposed to a more toxic environment such as radiation, chemicals or harmful pesticides and pollutants on a regular basis are more at risk for developing thyroid disease.

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A Few Tips to Boost Your Thyroid Gland Naturally:

Decrease your Stress. The silent killer; try lowering stress levels to minimize excess cortisol (the stress hormone) secretion. You can incorporate yoga or meditation into your routine to take some time to yourself for relaxation.

Exercise. Exercise is known to be one of the best ways to naturally balance hormones and boost endorphins throughout the body. Add a power walk, an evening run, or join a fun class to get some movement throughout your day.

Rest. Lack of sleep is one of the number one reasons your hormones will fall out of whack. Ensure you are getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep nightly to maintain proper thyroid function.

Diet. A rich diet that avoids foods containing artificial sugars, colours or additives is the best way to keep your body free of harmful chemicals used during processing. Also avoid processed soy products that increase your body’s estrogen production which then messes up with your hormonal balance. Stick to cruciferous vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds to ensure proper nutrition.

Watch toxin exposure. In a world where we are surrounded by cellphone and Wifi radiation, pollutants in the air and chemicals in all our cleaning and hygiene products, it’s nearly impossible to say watch your toxin exposure. However, you can still be mindful of the products you use and which chemicals you choose to be exposed to. For example, use creams, cleansers and cosmetics that are paraben and sulphate free. Try filtering your tap water before you drink it, sleep with your phone or laptop at least 5 feet away from your bed, and buy cleaning products that are environment friendly. All small steps in being more careful with what you are exposed to.

Natural Supplements. A number of natural dietary supplements have been shown to support a healthy thyroid, these herbs and supplements include: rosemary, zinc, chromium, potassium, iodine, L-tyrosine, vitamins A, B2, B3, B6, C, D, selenium, seaweed and ashwagandha.

These suggestions are only the beginning of how you can improve the health of your thyroid and help your body get back into a healthy balance.

Thyroid