Thyroid gland, iodine levels, and overall health.
What is the thyroid and why do I have to know about it?
Firstly the thyroid is a gland situated in your neck. Its main function is to control your metabolic rate as well as play a role in your bodies growth and maturation. Now if that is something that get your attention then I don’t know what. Your metabolic rate has to fo with your metabolism (a familiar word we all know), a fast metabolism digests food quickly and is in favour for a healthy fit body.
A quick peak into what it helps function:
- Heart rate
- Central and peripheral nervous systems
- Body Weight
- Muscle strength
- Menstrual cycles
- Body Temperature
- Cholesterol levels
Pay close attention to the bodies temperature and weight. Because that is mainly what it control.
The key to loosing weight as we know starts with a diet (lifestyle eating choice) that fits your body, followed by a daily exercise program or just exercising daily. Now that you have a basic understanding of the thyroid gland, I would advice you to get your thyroid checked, to find out if you have an overactive thyroid or an under-active thyroid. These are the two most common problems to have with the thyroid gland.
Too much or abnormal production of the thyroid hormones result in hyperthyroidism. The symptoms that arise with this is:
- Irritability or moodiness
- Nervousness, hyperactivity
- Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
- Hand trembling (shaking)
- Hair loss
- Missed or light menstrual periods
- Mood swings
- Insomnia (diffficulty sleeping)
- Weakness and Tiredness
- Swelling in your neck from the swelling of the gland
- Irregular or fast heart rate (palpitations)
- Weight Loss
Known as hypothyroidism, is when the thyroid glands has an insufficient hormone production. The symptoms include:
- Trouble sleeping
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry skin and hair
- Sensitivity to cold temperature
- Frequent, heavy periods
- Joint and muscle pain
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Also The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, because the body does not make iodine it comes from ones diet. If one is not consuming enough Iodine in the diet the thyroid has to work hard. Iodine rich foods include:
- Kelp (VERY HIGH)
- Cranberries, Strawberries and Potatoes
- Cheese, Milk, Yoghurt =
- Haddock, Cod, Salmon and canned fish, prawns
WITHOUT IODINE your body will severely suffer with complications such as:
IMBALANCED HORMONES – We all have this to a certain extent #acne #irregularcycle
PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL INSTABILITY– #moodswings
REDUCED ENERGY LEVELS – #Exhaustion
Iodine deficiency and the resulting low levels of thyroid hormone can cause women to stop ovulating which leads to infertility. It can also lead to an auto immune disease of the thyroid and may increase the risk of getting thyroid cancer. Some researchers think that iodine deficiency might also increase the risk of other cancers such as prostate, breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer. – WebMD
The main hormones, known as triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4) cannot be made by the thyroid without iodine (mainly three and four iodine molecules).
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**Health Advice: Get your thyroid checked/tested**