An Important Review of Your Thyroid
Thyroid diseases are common hormonal diseases, but why does this little gland cause so many problems? The thyroid gland weighs less than an ounce and is located on either side of your windpipe, just below your Adam's apple. This gland’s primary function is to take the iodine found in foods and convert them into two specific hormones (thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3)). The cells gland combines iodine with thein the thyroid are the only cells in your entire body
that can absorb and convert iodine. Your thyroid gland combines iodine with the amino acid Tyrosine and then releases this new mixture throughout your bloodstream to all parts of your body. The transportation of the thyroid hormones is crucial for regulating metabolism, which occurs when you convert oxygen and calories to energy. But alas, no hormone or cell works alone, they rely on other glands, cells and organs to function. Your thyroid is controlled by your pituitary gland (located at the base of your brain). This gland has many functions, one of which is to monitor the level of thyroid hormones. When T3 and T4 drop, it stimulates your thyroid to release “Thyroid stimulating hormones” (TSH), which stimulate the thyroid to produce more of those T3 and T4s. And yes, the Pituitary relies on another gland, the hypothalamus to make TSH. But let's circle back to the thyroid and some of its vital functions. It regulates breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body weight, muscle strength, body temperature, cholesterol levels, to name a few. When things go wrong with the thyroid it’s usually due to either too much production of T3 and T4 or too little. Too much T3 and T4 can lead to hyperthyroidism symptoms, which are anxiety, irritability or moodiness, nervousness, hyperactivity, sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures, hand trembling (shaking), hair loss, missed or light menstrual periods and hard to keep on weight. Too little T3 andT4 can lead to hypothyroidism symptoms, which are trouble sleeping, tiredness and fatigue, difficulty concentrating, memory fog, slower heart rate, dry skin and hair, depression, sensitivity to cold temperature, frequent and heavy periods, joint and muscle pain and difficulty losing weight.
A Natural Protocol for Thyroid Health
The interesting thing about the thyroid is that medical tests are not yet sophisticated enough to test T3 and T4 until they are at a certain level, which means that many thyroid conditions are borderline and stay undetected, leaving you with many symptoms you cannot understand. Feeling sluggish, hair loss and difficulty losing weight are a few good examples. If you have been tested and are considered borderline, try a natural approach, it may be enough to give your thyroid a boost. Keep in mind that other than a few products, supplements used for hypothyroidism
and hyperthyroidism (two different forms of the disease) will differ. Preferred Nutrition and WomenSense have some natural supplements that can support the primary needs of a healthy thyroid for both types of Thyroid disease starting with Preferred Nutrition Selenomethionine Zinc, a trace mineral that supports thyroid metabolism. (Individuals with thyroid disease are often deficient in selenium.) Preferred Nutrition Super B Stress Complex also helps support thyroid function, mostly because low levels of Vitamin B affect the hormones that regulate your thyroid and Vitamin B can repair some of the damage that the disease causes. A good solution-based product for hypothyroidism is WomenSense ThyroSense. While this supplement cannot replace your thyroid medication, it is a good alternative for those individuals that have borderline thyroid symptoms. WomenSense ThyroSense contains a synergistic blend of the vitamins and herbs that have research-supported benefits for hypothyroid, including L-Tyrosine, (required to help produce TSH hormones) ashwagandha, (supports healthy hormone levels, keeps cortisol in balance) guggul, pantothenic acid, copper, manganese, selenium and iodine (supports the production of T3 an T4, that can help enhance thyroid function). Another consideration if you have a borderline thyroid condition is WomenSense AdrenaSense because individuals with thyroid diseases tend to have weak adrenal glands. The interruption of cortisol production of your adrenal glands can make thyroid conditions much worse. If you are taking medications for thyroid disease it is essential to speak with your healthcare professional before taking a natural thyroid formula, as mechanisms of the natural product can disrupt your meds.
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