Where is my Thyroid Gland? What does it do for me?
Our thyroid gland controls the rate at which our motor runs when we are in neutral, so basically our metabolism. It controls the rate at which our body produces energy from food, therefore having an effect on our overall energy levels.
In children the thyroid gland controls the body’s rate of growth as well as brain development, and has a primary affect on determining the child’s IQ.
We’ve all heard a family member or friend state they have a thyroid problem, or they are on thyroid medication. But that person still does not seem healthy, or they are still over weight, or are still fatigued and lethargic. Well, that is because most doctors treat the thyroid with thyroid hormones only (which does helps initially for a short time) instead of supplying the body with the nutrients the gland needs to heal.
Signs and Symptoms you may have a Thyroid Imbalance:
- Weight Gain (especially in the face and arms)
- Can’t lose weight no matter how hard you try
- Puffiness around the face
- Cold Hands and Feet
- Hair Loss
- Loss of outer third of the eye brow
- The half moons on your finger nails are no longer visible
- Depression/Lack of motivation
- Lack of vitality and joy in life
- Sugar, Salt and Carbohydrate Cravings
Emotional Factors Seen in Thyroid Patients
In our practice we believe strongly that there is a mind-body connection, that holds true for each and every gland, muscle and organ we have, the thyroid being no exception. When Calcium and Magnesium (Mg) is not in balance the thyroid is affected. Mg carries Calcium in to the cell, the lack of Mg will cause Calcium to stay on the outside of a cell and build a “calcium shell” which allows a low cell hormone permeability. Meaning, thyroid hormones can not get into the cell because they can not pass through the Calcium build up.
With this said, interestingly enough, people with thyroid disorders have personality traits of defensiveness, protected, decreased social activity basically they “shell up”.
What Can you DO to help support your thyroid:
- Take a natural source B vitamins. Synthetic sources no good! Thyroid hormones can not get across the cell membrane and get into the cells without B’s.
- Maintain proper Calcium Magnesium ratios, as described above too much Calcium and not enough Magnesium will block the hormones as well.
- The thyroid can not function to it’s fullest without the trace mineral iodine. If the thyroid has adequate amounts of iodine it plays a major role in the immune system because iodine is antimicrobial, and antiseptic body-wide and all the blood in the body passes through the thyroid every 17 minutes, therefore, all foreign microbes will be killed by the iodine.
- ***Supplement with Iodine only under the care of a Doctor.
In my practice I run numerous tests including saliva testing, blood labs, kinesiology. These tests tell me what type of thyroid imbalance is present hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or even an autoimmune disorder called Hoshimotos Thryroiditis.
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