The balancing of the thyroid gland is essential for your body to work correctly.  Part of this article is taken from insert by Nutri-west.

The thyroid regulates the basal metabolic rate of almost every cell in the body.  If the thyroid isn’t functioning right, or metabolism isn’t functioning right.  Metabolism in the cell is needed for every biochemical reaction that happens in our body.  These reactions include: digestion, elimination, body temperature regulation, protein-building (including hormones, antibody formation and cell receptors), calorie-burning, nerve conduction, brain neurotransmitter production, energy creation(hypothyroidism is often the reason for fatigue), enzyme formulation, and many other important functions.  Hypothyroidism can cause you to feel “off”.

Symptoms of low thyroid function include:  weight gain, fatigue, muscle weakness, cramps, appetite loss, slow heart rate low body temperature, sensitivity to cold, hair loss, dry skin, constipation, slow speech, difficulties in concentration, depression, irritability, painful periods, drooping swollen eyes, bumps on eyelids, swollen face, increased allergies, recurrent infections, goiter, and calcium metabolism problems.

Books have been written about how rampant hypothyroidism is, and about how difficult is is to diagnose when limiting lab analysis to one value (called TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone), which doesn’t really give you a detailed picture of what’s going on in the thyroid.  “Sub clinical hypothyroidism” is associated with all-cause mortality.  Sub clinical values aren’t “optimal” but escape the radar because they aren’t “out of lab range”.  Many people  have sub clinical hypothyroidism and don’t even know it, because they don’t get red flags on their lab tests.  Comprehensive testing is recommended (including test for actual thyroid hormones and thyroid antibody production).

Thyroid hormones operate in a complex hormonal environment that includes multiple organs and hormones, along with neurotransmitters such as serotonin.  Dr. Winifred Cutler, the biologist, calls this the “Hormonal Symphony.”  When thyroid hormones are low it affects sex hormones adversely, particularly progesterone, and can lead to estrogen dominance.  Sometimes hypothyroidism is caused by an autoimmune attack on the thyroid, where antibodies destroy important thyroid molecules.  This is why it is important, in any thyroid support product, to include nutrition to support homeostasis and regulation of the immune system.

We are done with Part 1 and will be discussing some of the nutrition support you can do to support your thyroid in Part 2.

if you want to get your thyroid feel free to call the office at 402-488-0288 to schedule a time to get checked.