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Where Is Your
And What Does Your Thyroid Do
thyroid is a small,
gland at the front of your neck just below your Adam’s apple.
It's a small gland that everyone ignores unless there are issues
relating to it where the signs are pretty obvious once you
what you are looking for.
It produces two main hormones (T3 and T4 - the 'T' refers to the
thyroid hormones) that act as triggers, carried
round in your blood stream and aimed at other particular organs in your
body; the main ones
heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, brain.
Other hormones are released too and the amount of hormonal triggers in
the blood stream are controlled by a very small gland called the
pituitary sat at the base of your brain. If certain ones are needed
from your thyroid it gets the message from your pituitary via your
and gets on with its job of providing those hormones (triggers) rushing
directly to any particular shortfall
your body has, causing those organs to react as rquired to keep
yourself in good working order.
The pituitary and thyroid glands are part of the
endocrine (balancing) system within your body that keep your
bodily functions on an even keel by checking for faults and correcting
them automatically, so that many times if there is a problem you are
not even aware of it.
You can see from the above that your thyroid needs to be kept in
working order to control your bodily fluctuations at the drop of a hat,
like when to pump your heart faster, speed up your metabolism, allow
you to rest, cool you down with sweating, shiver when you are cold to
cause musculature heat, drink when you are thirsty, go to the toilet -
the list goes on
and we take them all for granted.
So what happens when your thyroid is
this case a check will be made by your doctor for malignancy
after your neck swells (a goitre - possibly a cancerous growth) and it
will be decided upon whether to treat it with medications, take a
section of the thyroid out or remove it altogether (a thyroidectomy).
Either way if the thyroid is
daily synthetic hormonal medications (pills) are
given to combat the shortfall and life can be resumed almost as normal
with regular checks to see if the hormone treatment needs adjusting.
If you stop taking the meds you become very listless,
lethargic, can't be bothered with anything.
mean when your thyroid is high?
In hyperthyroidism, (hypER is high -
is low as far as hormone production goes - it's easy to
remember - the
'O' is towards zero) the thyroid gland produces too much thyroxine or
triiodothyronine and speeds up the body's metabolism, meaning all
food is converted to energy, so no fat is deposited for your body's
energy reserve when needed, other than what your muscles and kidneys
have as a
These hormones are called
triiodothyronine (T4) and they affect processes such as heart rate and
temperature, and help your body keep going by converting food into
Simply put, your hormone output is out of
kilter, it's too great. Excessive amounts of the thyroid hormomes means
your metabolism is slipped into a higher gear
and results in the following hyperthyroid symptoms:
wishful dream for many with the obesity epidemic spreading around the
world right now where the thyroid has gone the opposite way into a
lower gear and
slowed down in most cases, bringing their metabolism to almost
standstill, more often than not caused by a totally unnatural diet, but
more on that later...
- You lose weight unexpectedly
- You become nervous and
- You have hyperactivity - where
can’t keep still and fidget
more than most - everything has to be done
yesterday - if not before...
- You can't concentrate for too
on any particular
thing as your restless mind's all over the place
- There may also be a swelling
thyroid gland which causes a noticable lump, known as a goitre, to form
in your throat
It needs to be added that for a lesser number
of people the opposite takes effect, but this is extremely rare.
So what causes an overactive thyroid gland?
There are several possible underlying
the most common being
Graves' disease, in which the body's immune system targets the thyroid
gland and causes it to produce too much of the thyroid hormones.
Around 1 in 20 people with Graves' disease will also develop symptoms
affecting their eyes, such as:
is known as Graves' ophthalmopathy and
should be seen by a doctor who specialises in treating eye conditions
- double vision
- sensitivity to light
- tearing (an excessive
- possible bulging eyes
A rarer and more serious complication is a sudden and severe flare-up
of symptoms known as a
thyroid storm. A thyroid storm can be
life-threatening as it causes extreme dehydration and because of this
heart problems occur.
It is estimated that women are 10 times more likely to have an
overactive thyroid gland than men and around 1 in 50 women in the world
currently live with an overactive thyroid gland and it does appear to
In most cases, symptoms will begin to show somewhere between
of 20 and 40, though they can start at any age
including childhood, and an overactive thyroid condition shows
mostly in White and Asian people, with it being less frequent in
Afro-Caribbean people and is predominantly shown to be in smokers.
Graves' disease is an
condition and this means the immune
system mistakes something in the body for a toxic substance (something
that shouldn't be there) and attacks
it and this leads to an overproduction of thyroid hormones.
is not known what triggers the immune system to do this but like so
of the autoimmune conditions it is thought that a combination of both
and environmental factors are involved, with the environmental side
getting progressively worse over the last 100 years.
an underactive thyroid simply means your thyroid does not produce
enough of the hormones T3 and T4 to keep your body in tip-top condition
resulting in symtoms like the following:
There is no obvious outward sign of this
other than feeling lethargic all the time which means you tend to put
weight on very easily, but the other symptoms will develop with time.
This condition can result in two main ways, the first is naturally
through a poor diet and the second is after partial removal of your
thyroid owing to it being overactive in the first place.
- feelings of extreme tiredness
- putting on weight, but with a
- coarse, thinning hair and
- weak or sore muscles
- puffy eyes
- a croaky, hoarse or deeper
- skin drying or pale
- more sensitive to the cold
speaking this can be alleviated by the use of daily oral medication in
the form of pills prescribed by your doctor or in the case of
borderline thyroid underactivity it can be controlled by diet alone.
So are there any underactive thyroid foods
prime ones to avoid are:
Sounds like there's nothing left doesn't
- Gluten rich foods
- excess sugars
- excess caffeine
- milk and dairy products
- foods high in iron, mercury,
calcium, magnesium and aluminium.
- (unnatural) blended margarines
can trigger all sorts of digestive and hormonal imbalances and this
also effects the endocrine system. Most breads and breakfast cereals
are the biggest problem here.
sugar foods should be avoided
as this reduces the production rate of your thyroid, plus your
metabolic rate will be slower making you more prone to underactive
thyroid weight gain which in turn can lead to type 2
diabetes and its
serious complications which can definitely be reversed if
caught early enough.
can be taken only in moderation
as this also slows the production of your thyroid hormones. It boosts
your immediate alertness but slows your long term metabolism leading to
further unwanted weight gain.
and dairy products contain
casein which can disturb your endocrine system leading to unbalanced
hormones being realeasd by your thyroid gland, as can antibiotics and
hormones given to cattle which ultimately end up in your milk.
should be avoided owing to the iodine blocking characteristics it has
which would normally help your thyroid function. Goitrogen is found in
cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, turnip, pine nuts, soy beans and
peanuts and has a detrimental effect on your thyroid. Cooking
reduce this goitrogen making these foods more acceptable, but do not
eat them raw or in great quantities.
It has been proved that the
iodine isoflavones in soybeans can inhibit the enzyme which adds iodine
to the thyroid hormone known as thyroid peroxidase and this is an
essential nutrient for thyroid hormone production.
The blended margarines and cooking oils our bodies simply cannot break
so they act like a shroud stopping the signals for hormone production
in many parts of the body,
which in turn leads to weight gain and other organ malfunctions.
food outlets are a perfect example of where
not to go if you want a healthy thyroid.
Are there any good foods for thyroid health?
main requirement are foods rich in iodine, coming mainly
from sea foods
like salmon, haddock, clams, shrimps, oysters, sardines, in fact most
On top of this sea vegetables (sea weed like kelp) are much more
beneficial as they are rich in
iodine, even better than fish.
There are many others as shown in The
Hypothyroid Revolution covering much more of the do's and
don'ts associated with improving your thyroid's hormone production
in a totally natural way.
So is there a cure for hypothyroidism and
be done naturally?
a word YES,
but it does involve some discipline on your part with
sticking to a basic staple diet, not using factory processed foods,
keeping away from blended cooking oils, margarines and fast foods in
general and avoiding specific foods. There's no need to think you will
be going hungry here, it is just a simple change of lifestyle.
information on how to stimulate your thyroid
it working properly again so you have a bit more get-up-and-go
need it most, speeding up your metabolic rate no end and
likely getting some
weight off in the process, check out this
won't be dissapointed.
Take your time and explore the
links for more info.
More topics will be added in the near future!