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How Important is The Thyroid Gland?

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:05pm

The thyroid gland is located just below the larynx in the neck. It differs from other endocrine glands because it stores the hormones that it produces for future use rather than excreting them into the bloodstream for immediate use. The hormones produced by the thyroid, Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3), are responsible for stimulating cellular metabolism throughout the entire body. This cellular metabolism eventually controls how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. If the thyroid were removed and no hormone replacement was used then your cells would cease to function because they would be lacking the supply of energy that they require and you would eventually die.

Luckily, for those who must undergo a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid gland), there are hormone replacement therapies but finding the correct level of hormone replacement can require some calibration. If the amount of hormones is too little then the person can go through symptoms of HYPOthyroidism (an under-active thyroid) like:

• Fatigue
• Sluggishness
• Increased sensitivity to cold
• Constipation
• Pale, dry skin
• A puffy face
• Hoarse voice
• An elevated blood cholesterol level
• Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
• Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
• Muscle weakness
• Brittle fingernails and hair
• Depression
• Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
• Coarse, dry hair
• Hair loss
• Irritability
• Memory loss
• Abnormal menstrual cycles
• Decreased libido (3,4)

If too much of the hormone is given then the person can go through symptoms of HYPERthyroidism (An over-active thyroid) including:

• Heat intolerance
• Insomnia
• Breathlessness
• Increased bowel movements
• Light or absent menstrual periods
• Fatigue
• Trembling hands
• Weight loss
• Muscle weakness
• Warm moist skin
• Hair loss
• Staring gaze
• Sudden weight loss, even when your appetite and food intake remain normal or even increase
• Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) — commonly more than 100 beats a minute — irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or pounding of your heart (palpitations)
• Increased appetite
• Nervousness, anxiety or anxiety attacks, irritability
• Sweating
• Increased sensitivity to heat
• An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck
• Difficulty sleeping (2,5)

The thyroid also produces Calcitonin which plays an intricate part in controlling blood calcium levels to prevent the excessive resorbtion of bone leading to hypercalcemia (too much calcium in the blood).

It is amazing to me just how important such a small part of our body can be. This gland, which is fairly insignificant in size, controls the metabolism of our entire body and every cell within it. Without the hormones it produces, we would die. It is important to make sure you keep your thyroid healthy by maintaining a healthy diet which includes selenium rich foods and by supplementing with iodine and zinc. Selenium rich foods include nuts, Brewer’s Yeast and whole grains.

Adding Kelp Granules to your food can be a great substitute for salt and also provides tons of additional nutrition. Kelp is rich in 70 minerals, trace elements, enzymes, iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, 21 amino acids, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, and dietary fiber. It also contains phytochemicals that have been shown to absorb and eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metal contaminants from our bodies. Kelp granules can be a very simple and inexpensive way to boost the nutritional content of any meal. You can find them at most health food stores and online.

Lastly, if you do require hormone replacement then I highly suggest that you research natural hormone replacement before resorting to the pharmaceutical industry’s poisons. Products like Armour Thyroid can be viable natural hormone replacements.

-For Educational Purposes only
- Not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition
-These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA
-These Statements are my opinions and conclusions from the knowledge I have thus far

Resources:

1)Thibodeau & Patton, Structure and Function of the Body, 13th Edition, 2008, p.261
2) http://www.endocrineweb.com/hyper1.html
Accessed 02/03/09, Author: James Norman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
3) http://www.endocrineweb.com/hypo1.html
Accessed 02/03/09, Author: James Norman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
4) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=symptoms
Accessed: 02/03/09, Author: Mayo Clinic Staff
5) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hyperthyroidism/DS00344/DSECTION=symptoms
Accessed: 02/03/09, Author: Mayo Clinic Staff
6)http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/(S(s3quuqjqou4aotns30omti55))/Legacy/c/thyroid_
Accessed: 02/03/09, Author: Dr. David Williams
7)http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/armour-thyroid.a
Accessed: 03/12/09, Author: Dr. Joseph Mercola
8) http://seaveg.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14
Accessed: 03/12/09
9) http://www.naturalnews.com/025816.html
Accessed 03/12/09, Author: Matt Monarch

The thyroid gland is located just below the larynx in the neck. It differs from other endocrine glands because it stores the hormones that it produces for future use rather than excreting them into the bloodstream for immediate use. The hormones produced by the thyroid, Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3), are responsible for stimulating cellular metabolism throughout the entire body. This cellular metabolism eventually controls how many calories we burn, how warm we feel, and how much we weigh. If the thyroid were removed and no hormone replacement was used then your cells would cease to function because they would be lacking the supply of energy that they require and you would eventually die.

Luckily, for those who must undergo a thyroidectomy (removal of the thyroid gland), there are hormone replacement therapies but finding the correct level of hormone replacement can require some calibration. If the amount of hormones is too little then the person can go through symptoms of HYPOthyroidism (an under-active thyroid) like:

• Fatigue
• Sluggishness
• Increased sensitivity to cold
• Constipation
• Pale, dry skin
• A puffy face
• Hoarse voice
• An elevated blood cholesterol level
• Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness
• Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints
• Muscle weakness
• Brittle fingernails and hair
• Depression
• Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
• Coarse, dry hair
• Hair loss
• Irritability
• Memory loss
• Abnormal menstrual cycles
• Decreased libido (3,4)

If too much of the hormone is given then the person can go through symptoms of HYPERthyroidism (An over-active thyroid) including:

• Heat intolerance
• Insomnia
• Breathlessness
• Increased bowel movements
• Light or absent menstrual periods
• Fatigue
• Trembling hands
• Weight loss
• Muscle weakness
• Warm moist skin
• Hair loss
• Staring gaze
• Sudden weight loss, even when your appetite and food intake remain normal or even increase
• Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia) — commonly more than 100 beats a minute — irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) or pounding of your heart (palpitations)
• Increased appetite
• Nervousness, anxiety or anxiety attacks, irritability
• Sweating
• Increased sensitivity to heat
• An enlarged thyroid gland (goiter), which may appear as a swelling at the base of your neck
• Difficulty sleeping (2,5)

The thyroid also produces Calcitonin which plays an intricate part in controlling blood calcium levels to prevent the excessive resorbtion of bone leading to hypercalcemia (too much calcium in the blood).

It is amazing to me just how important such a small part of our body can be. This gland, which is fairly insignificant in size, controls the metabolism of our entire body and every cell within it. Without the hormones it produces, we would die. It is important to make sure you keep your thyroid healthy by maintaining a healthy diet which includes selenium rich foods and by supplementing with iodine and zinc. Selenium rich foods include nuts, Brewer’s Yeast and whole grains.

Adding Kelp Granules to your food can be a great substitute for salt and also provides tons of additional nutrition. Kelp is rich in 70 minerals, trace elements, enzymes, iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, 21 amino acids, Vitamin B-6, Riboflavin, and dietary fiber. It also contains phytochemicals that have been shown to absorb and eliminate radioactive elements and heavy metal contaminants from our bodies. Kelp granules can be a very simple and inexpensive way to boost the nutritional content of any meal. You can find them at most health food stores and online.

Lastly, if you do require hormone replacement then I highly suggest that you research natural hormone replacement before resorting to the pharmaceutical industry’s poisons. Products like Armour Thyroid can be viable natural hormone replacements.

-For Educational Purposes only
- Not meant to diagnose or treat any medical condition
-These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA
-These Statements are my opinions and conclusions from the knowledge I have thus far

Resources:

1)Thibodeau & Patton, Structure and Function of the Body, 13th Edition, 2008, p.261
2) http://www.endocrineweb.com/hyper1.html
Accessed 02/03/09, Author: James Norman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
3) http://www.endocrineweb.com/hypo1.html
Accessed 02/03/09, Author: James Norman, M.D., F.A.C.S.
4) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypothyroidism/DS00353/DSECTION=symptoms
Accessed: 02/03/09, Author: Mayo Clinic Staff
5) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hyperthyroidism/DS00344/DSECTION=symptoms
Accessed: 02/03/09, Author: Mayo Clinic Staff
6)http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/(S(s3quuqjqou4aotns30omti55))/Legacy/c/thyroid_
Accessed: 02/03/09, Author: Dr. David Williams
7)http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/01/02/armour-thyroid.a
Accessed: 03/12/09, Author: Dr. Joseph Mercola
8) http://seaveg.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=14
Accessed: 03/12/09
9) http://www.naturalnews.com/025816.html
Accessed 03/12/09, Author: Matt Monarch

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