A butterfly-shaped gland which located just below your Adam’s apple is known as the thyroid gland. This is how Douglas Husbands, DC, CCN, a clinical nutritionist and chiropractor in San Carlos, California defines it.
Husbands explain that thyroid regulates our metabolism. So, when it is in a underactive condition which is known as hypothyroidism everything just slow downs. It slow downs your pulse, the body temperature, energy level in the body and the rate at which your body burns the calories. Whereas in the case of the overactive thyroid which is known as hyperthyroidism all of this is happening at the higher rate.
Shockingly as many as 59 million Americans suffer from hypothyroidism according to Mary Shomon, author of Living Well With Hypothyroidism. The worst part is that majority of these case do not get diagnosed.
Hypothyroidism is very common among women and people older than 60 years, also, you can suffer from this condition is you have a family history of thyroid issues. In most of the part of the world main cause of hypothyroidism is considered as iodine deficiency.
However in the developed country like US people do use iodized salt and thus the principal culprits consist of autoimmune disorders (in which immune cells attack the thyroid tissue), medications such as lithium and ), radiation to treat cancers of the head and neck. The symptoms of hypothyroidism include
- Heavier periods
- Dry Hair and Skin
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Intolerance to cold
- Hoarseness and Constipation
If you observe a number of these symptoms it is better to get tested for your thyroid hormone (thyroxine or T4) and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) levels. Based on the result of the hormonal test you should start intake of synthetic thyroid hormones.You can also take help from the key nutrients to complement the hormone therapy. The nutrients like vitamins and minerals will help you to keep your thyroid functioning smoothly.
Before thyroid hormones can carry out their occupation, your body must change them into a dynamic structure. This requires the mineral selenium. Spouses suggest that individuals with thyroid issues and, in addition, those with sound organs supplement with 200 mcg of selenium (he lean towards selenium methionine) every day to advance thyroid wellbeing. You can get the same sum from one major modest bunch of Brazil nuts, which are by a wide margin, the best sustenance wellspring of the mineral.
You additionally require a satisfactory measure of zinc for your thyroid hormones to work effectively, notes Shomon. In a little clinical concentrate a year ago, scientists at the University of Massachusetts found that the thyroid hormone levels in zinc-insufficient ladies enhanced altogether following four months of treatment with a 26.4 mg everyday measurements of zinc.
Albeit further research is required, Shomon proposes taking 10 mg of zinc a day; and on the grounds that zinc can piece copper retention, make sure to take 1 to 2 mg of a copper day by day also.
Too little L-tyrosine, a basic amino acid, restrains the measure of thyroid hormones the body can make, so taking L-tyrosine supplements can kick begin a lazy thyroid, Shomon says. She notes, in any case, that “L-tyrosine supplements can be excessively empowering for a few individuals,” giving them “a bad case of nerves” and bringing on sleep deprivation. Begin with 200 mg or less a day and work up to 500 mg on the off chance that you endure it well.
Fundamental for some real capacities, iodine likewise assumes a part in the creation of thyroid hormones. “Be that as it may, it’s precarious,” says Shomon, “in light of the fact that while iodine inadequacy is a noteworthy danger component for hypothyroidism, an excessive amount of iodine can irritate the thyroid and exacerbate existing conditions.”
You require no less than 150 mcg of iodine a day, the greater part of which you can get past salt. That sum ought to be a snap the normal American expends four times this much. Be that as it may, in the event that you utilize iodized salt, you have to get iodine from different sources, for example, fish, kelp, dairy, and eggs. On the off chance that you eat any of these nourishments, you shouldn’t have to supplement. Issues from an excessive amount of iodine emerge when you take a few milligrams every day.
So, start having the intake of these important nutrients to keep your thyroid health. You will amazed to see that a healthy thyroid will help you to remain healthy all the time.