Help Your Thyroid Naturally!
The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the front of your neck. It has a critical role as it influences every cell, cell tissue, and organ in the body. It regulates our metabolism and directly affects:
- Heart rate
- Cholesterol levels
- Body weight
- Energy levels
- Bowel function
- Skin and hair texture
- Menstrual regularity
- Other bodily processes
For people who have tried several diets over the years, without seeing positive results, hypothyroidism could be the root of their problem. Fat burning is impaired when your metabolism (regulated by the thyroid gland) is not working properly.
Hypothyroidism is caused by a deficiency of thyroid hormone and it’s much more common than hyperthyroidism. Women are five times more likely than men to be diagnosed with hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism is a complex disorder that can originate from a number of different causes. Some factors include:
- Thyroid gland malfunction (possibly caused by an autoimmune response – Hashimoto’s disease)
- The pituitary gland or the hypothalamus fail to send a signal to the thyroid to produce thyroid hormone
- Thyroxine (T4), produced by the thyroid, does not properly convert to its active form triiodothyronine (T3)
- Imbalanced levels of adrenal hormones: cortisol and DHEA (the adrenal glands response to stress).
- Certain medications (e.g lithium, steroids, estrogen in birth control and hormone replacement therapy)
- Imbalanced levels of estrogen and progesterone
- The consumption of excess soy-based foods and beverages
- Nutritional deficiencies (i.e. iodine, tyrosine, zinc)
- Environmental factors; excess fluoride and pesticides in drinking water or toxic levels of mercury
Neurotoxicity occurs when the exposure to natural or artificial toxic substances, which are called neurotoxins, alters the normal activity of the nervous system in such a way as to cause damage to nervous tissue. This can eventually disrupt or even kill neurons, key cells that transmit and process signals in the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
Neurotoxicity can result from exposure to substances used in chemotherapy, radiation treatment, drug therapies, certain drug abuse, and organ transplants, as well as exposure to heavy metals, certain foods and food additives, pesticides, industrial and/or cleaning solvents, cosmetics, and some naturally occurring substances.