~Thyroid Awareness Month~

 

Every cell in the body is influenced by the thyroid gland.

A healthy functioning thyroid gland is vitally important to the body’s well being.

Unfortunately, thyroid disease affects nearly 30 million americans and is more common than heart disease and diabetes.

The Thyroid:

Thyroid

This small gland is part of the endocrine system and it releases hormones that play a huge role in influencing how the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin function.

The body’s thermostat 

⇒ aids in revving up the body or slowing it down

→ it affects how the body controls metabolism and uses energy, and interacts with other hormones

How it works:

 

The thyroid gland uses iodine from your diet to create two kinds of thyroid hormone:

Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3)

It is important that T3 and T4 levels are neither too high or too low. 

Certain condition can affect the amount of thyroid hormones that are being producing leading to too much or too little thyroid hormones.

For example, Hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism

→ symptoms such as weight fluctuations, nervousness and irritability, hair loss, temperature sensitivity, and hormonal imbalance.

. . . The good news! 

 

Simple blood tests and thyroid scans are available to identify thyroid dysfunction

Also there are a variety of treatment options available

Commercial and compounded medications, along with nutritional supplements and lifestyle changes

all can assist thyroid function and improve quality of life.

For overall health and wellness