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The importance of a healthy thyroid

Healthy thyroid

The thyroid gland is responsible for regulating your metabolism and is therefore in control of your weight.  It controls how quickly your body uses energy, makes protein and affects other hormones. The thyroid hormones are required for normal growth and development of your tissues, such as the nervous system, for maturation of the whole body, energy production and oxygen consumption in cells, thereby maintaining the body’s metabolic rate.  The thyroid gland can be overactive (hyperthyroidism) or underactive (hypothyroidism) which is the more common one.  An underactive thyroid gland is related to many symptoms the main ones involve; weight gain, loss of hair, depression, low energy and digestive issues.

The causes of thyroid disease are:

-       Sugar
-       Processed foods
-       Stress
-       Environmental toxins
-       Lack of exercise
-       Lack of nutrients

The thyroid gland is one of the most undiagnosed conditions. Blood tests are becoming unreliable as the TSH value is not the only value needing to be checked. The normal range is 0.3 and 3.04, however that is detecting whether or not there is a disease.  A thyroid gland can be ‘subclinical’ which means that there isn’t a disease but a dysfunction that isn’t picked up within that range. What’s important is that the thyroid gets treated naturally at this subclincial level before it becomes a disease process, thereby avoiding the use of thyroxin.

With an overactive thyroid common symptoms are:

-       Weight loss
-       Loss of appetite
-       Depression
-       Difficulties sleeping
-       High energy
-       Goitre
-       Fast heart rate
-       Tremors
-       Anxiety
-       Chest palpitations

With an underactive thyroid some of the symptoms are the opposite:

-       Weight gain
-       Increase in appetite
-       Depression
-       Fatigue/low in energy
-       Lethargy
-       Poor quality hair and nails, dry brittle, slow growing
-       Hair loss
-       Dry skin
-       Cold hands and feet
-       Constipation
-       Sleep problems such as, insomnia, difficulty falling asleep, or waking up un-refreshed
-       Nervousness, irritability, anxiety

How to keep a healthy thyroid

Your lifestyle choices will determine how healthy you can keep your thyroid.  By keeping a good diet you can keep your metabolism more efficient.  A low sugar diet and low ‘bad’ fat diet will keep the stress off your thyroid.  Inflammation in any form including from the digestive system disrupts the function of the thyroid gland, therefore food sensitivities and gluten intolerances can cause thyroid problems.  High isoflavones found in soy damage your thyroid.  Properly fermented soy products such as natto, miso and tempah are good, it’s the unfermented that aren’t – such as soy milk and tofu.  Coconut oil increases metabolism and helps you lose weight; using it for cooking is ideal and it’s great for your thyroid.

Iodine is the most important component of thyroid hormone; the best source of iodine is seaweed or its equivalent – kelp and dulse.  Chlorine, fluorine and bromine compete for your iodine receptors therefore even if you are getting enough iodine in your diet, if your diet is full of these toxins then you won’t be able to utilize the iodine.  Bromine is in plastics, pesticides, hot tub treatments, fire retardants, some flours, bakery goods and soft drinks.  Chloride and fluoride is in your water, therefore all water should be filtered and make sure the filter is one that removes fluoride, and fluoride in toothpaste isn’t good.

Stress causes your adrenals to increase adrenalin and cortisol.  Elevated cortisol has a negative affect on your thyroid causing it to decrease the thyroid hormones.  Environment toxins affect your thyroid such as petrochemicals, organochlorines, pesticides and chemical food additives.  Exercise benefits your thyroid because it stimulates the thyroid to secret more of its hormones and increases the sensitivity of your tissue to these hormones.

It’s important to eliminate anything that would cause a depletion of the thyroid function such as: adrenal fatigue, pituitary dysfunction, gluten or food allergies, or other hormonal imbalances. The correction of a thyroid dysfunction can be time consuming and frustrating, but by having a holistic approach and eliminating the stressors you will have a healthier lifestyle.

For further information do a thyroid function questionnaire and get good nutritional support go to www.lancula.com.

Camilla Ellis DC

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  1. Moslam says:

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    Thanks

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