• The Thyroid Gland

    The Thyroid Gland

    Thyroid disease is the most common glandular disorder after diabetes. It affects about 20 million Americans, usually as hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), or hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid). However, because symptoms are often mistaken for excess stress, depression, signs of aging, or are simply ignored, many cases of thyroid imbalance. In addition proper lab testing is needed which is more than T4 and TSH.

    Thyroid hormone has a huge impact as the body’s “accelerator. It controls the tempo or pace of all internal processes. They regulate how much energy the body uses, body weight, how the body uses nutrients, the rate of operation of virtually every organ and system in the body, pacing the heart, lungs, digestive tract, brain, and metabolic action of each cell. In addition to facilitating normal cell reproduction and growth, the thyroid regulates the rate of oxidation (use of oxygen) in all tissues, repair of damaged or diseased tissues, glucose liberation from the liver to the bloodstream, sense activity, water balance, function of circulating systems, muscles, nerves, sex organs, fat metabolism; and more. Since the thyroid controls the metabolic rate of every cell, it affects pathological conditions as they develop.

    Women are more susceptible to Thyroid problems than men.  Often Thyroid problems run in families.  A malfunctioning thyroid can adversely affect damage – other organs.

    There are three active hormones produced: T4, T3 and calcitonin (which is used in calcium metabolism). The secretion of these hormones depends upon the “intact” feedback loop in the hormonal system. This involves the hypothalamus, pituitary, and thyroid glands.

    The hypothalamus secretes TRH (Thyrotropin-releasing hormone) which will stimulate the pituitary to secrete Thyroid Stimulating hormone (TSH). This causes the Thyroid to secrete T4 and T3. If T3 or T4 are low the body tells the hypothalamus to secrete more TSH and levels of TSH then go up.

    Normally Laboratory tests include measuring levels of T4, T3 and TSH. For proper evaluation of the thyroid many times there are a number of other values than have to be run.  If the TSH level is high (above normal range), this indicates hypothyroidism.

    TSH levels can change with a small change in Thyroid hormone. A 15 to 20 % decline in the secretion of thyroid hormones is not enough to register below normal in T4 and T3 but can cause a change of 50 to 100 % increase in TSH levels. The adrenal glands and other glands and organs (including the liver) can also be involved .The liver converts T4 to T3 so if the conversion is not occurring properly a few nutrients are needed to help with the conversion which can decrease TSH.

    Symptoms of Hypothyroidism can include insomnia, low body temperature, low motivation and ambition, fatigue, dry skin/hair. inappropriate weight gain, and/or narcolepsy, poor short-term memory and concentration, headaches, migraines, menstrual or menopausal problems or irregularities, depression, hair loss (including outer third of eyebrows), cold hands and feet, fluid retention, dizziness or lightheadedness, irritability, food intolerances, hoarseness, eye conditions such as myxedema (bulging, drooping eyes, infertility, brittle nails,  miscarriage, dry eyes, blurred vision, puffiness around eyes, heat and/or cold intolerance, low blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, skin problems/acne digestive problems (irritable bowel syndrome, recurrent inflammations, acid indigestion, constipation, etc.), , diminished sex drive, reduced or excessive sweating, frequent colds/sore throats, slow healing,  itchiness, poor coordination, food cravings, decreased appetite, angina, changes in kidney function, carpal tunnel syndrome, slow speech.

    At the clinic we do a lot of weight lose with a few different methods. The Thyroid can be involved but conspicuous weight gain may not occur in many people with hypothyroidism. A sufferer may have some involvement but the average weight gain is only five to ten pounds meaning there are usually more factors involved.

    The main mineral for the Thyroid is Iodine.  It is a regulator of oxidation, metabolic rate, and energy production. A deficiency of iodine may result from the faulty metabolism of fats.

    Nutritional support can go a go a long way to change Thyroid levels and help with symptoms.  Nutritional support is never a treatment of a disease, gland or organ. It is simply giving the body what it needs so the body can respond appropriately. If you are interested to a nutritional support for health concerns call us at 314-843-9355

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