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Get To Know Your Thyroid Gland

thyroidAre you experiencing symptoms such as anxiety, chronic pain, an inexplicable rise in weight, frequent colds, and/or skin dryness?
It could be your thyroid.

In the case of natural health personality Kris Carr, the main symptom she was experiencing was fatigue. After visiting various doctors and extensively researching the topic of low energy in conjunction with some of the other symptoms, Carr realized that her thyroid was struggling.

She eventually shared her thoughts, as reviewed by three registered dietitians, on her blog – as discussed below.

Thyroid – where it is and what it does

The thyroid is about 2 inches in length, and it curls around the trachea in the neck.

“It’s an important little bugger that produces several hormones including two that are key in regulating growth and metabolism: T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine),” Carr explains.

The hormones she mentions, T3 and T4, serve vital functions:

·      Allow the cells to create energy and nutrients

·      Control the expansion of organs such as the bones and brain

·      Boost your basal metabolic rate, which is your energy use while doing nothing but breathing in a sedentary position.

Your pituitary gland is closely integrated with the thyroid: it generates thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) to drive the thyroid into creating more triiodothyronine and thyroxine. In order for T3 and T4 to be produced in healthy amounts, it’s also necessary to get enough iodine through your diet. Vitamin D must be plentiful too. Assuming that the pituitary is functioning adequately and those nutrients are present, the thyroid’s hormones are able to help with the metabolism of calories and properly guide cellular growth.

When the thyroid malfunctions, T3 and T4 hormones may be distributed in insufficient or excessive amounts, resulting in hypothyroidism (too little) or hyperthyroidism (too much).

Hypothyroidism

When you have hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid disease, you may experience symptoms such as an increase in your weight, problems converting sugars into energy, chronic pain, anxiety, unpredictable menstruation, and temperature sensitivity.

Those most susceptible to hypothyroidism are:

·      Women (especially if recently pregnant)

·      Senior citizens

·      Those with a genetic predisposition to the disease

·      Those with additional autoimmune diseases.

Hyperthyroidism

“You can think about hyperthyroidism as your lovely butterfly gland going on a nectar bender,” says Car. “[M]any bodily functions speed up—including metabolism.”

With this disease, you may experience symptoms such as sleep disorders, a drop in your weight, mood disorders, and inconsistent heartbeat.

Those most susceptible to hyperthyroidism are:

·      Women (especially if recently pregnant)

·      Senior citizens

·      Those with a genetic predisposition

·      Those with type 1 diabetes

·      Those who are getting insufficient B-12.

Seeking help

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