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The Thyroid and Hormone Balance

July 8th, 2013 in Earnest Holistic Health by 0 Comments

The thyroid, adrenal and the reproductive glands are the foundation to hormonal and overall health and wellbeing. Did you know that the thyroid gland regulates metabolism, body temperature, growth and the speed of chemical reactions in the body? Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include slow metabolism, difficulties with digestion, blood sugar imbalance, decreased wound healing, poor kidney function and reduced muscle strength. The thyroid runs the controls for the body by secreting hormones that control the metabolism of every cell and organ in the body. When the adrenal glands are exhausted the thyroid gland hast o take over and this may lead to thyroid dysfunction and leads to weight gain and severe fatigue.

Thyroid Statistics

More than 28 million Americans struggle with hormonal imbalance

25% of Americans have a thyroid imbalance

50% of depression is caused by an undiagnosed thyroid condition

63.1% of Americans are either overweight or obese. Thyroid dysfunction often leads to obesity.

190,000 die from diabetes/diabetes-related illnesses each year. Diabetes can be caused by hypothyroidism

 

The Adrenal – Thyroid Link

Conversion from transport thyroid hormones T4 into active thyroid hormone T3 requires the right amount of cortisol; too much or too little cortisol interferes with this conversion by preventing T3 from entering the cells.

 Symptoms of thyroid dysfunction

Mental symptoms

Foggy thinking

Inability to concentrate memory loss

Difficulty focusing

Decreased mental energy

Physical Symptoms

Depression

Weight gain

Body temperature dysregulation

Decrease in physical energy

Skin conditions

Irregular periods

Menopause

PMS

Infertility

Low libido

Miscarriage

Goitrogens

Goitrogens are naturally occurring chemicals that are found in certain drugs and food. These foods interfere with iodine metabolism and iodine is needed for normal thyroid function.  Thyroid hormone regulates the metabolism and calcium regulation in the body.

Thyroid Healthy Foods

Eat foods that are full of vitamins C and E, selenium and zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D.  Foods that promote thyroid health include foods that are rich in iodine:

Sea Vegetables

Cranberries

Strawberries

Potatoes

Salt water fish

 

Managing your stress, eating healthy and exercising are simple ways to boost and promote thyroid health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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