The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone, combining iodine with amino acid thyroxine to create triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) hormones. Every cell in the body has thyroid hormone receptors that rely on T3 and T4 to regulate our metabolism and generate energy. Your thyroid affects every system in your body. If your thyroid is not functioning optimally, neither are you.
Imagine the thyroid having 7 small cups with equal amounts of water in them. If some of the water evaporates or decreases in one cup it will cause the other cups to become imbalanced and the thyroid will not function at it best and will not be able to send hormones to the rest of the body.
When the thyroid is under active or weak it is called Hypothyroidism. Some of the symptoms of when the thyroid is under active you may experience the following:
- Menstrual disorders (PMS)
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
- Malnutrition (such as iron deficiency)
- Hair loss, brittle nails
- Digestive issues
- Dry skin
- Depression, anxiety, irritability
- Heat and cold intolerances
If you are having trouble conceiving, ask your doctor to test your thyroid. The test may be able to detect if your thyroid is under active. If the test is not able to detect any abnormal function, ask your doctor if you can try using the herbs kelp and pau d’ arco. Kelp helps regulates thyroid and pau d’ arco give the body iron. Great herb for anemia. Also, if you are trying to loose weight and nothing seems to work, nourish your thyroid with kelp and pau d’ arco for about a month and see if you notice a change.
Women need iodine to help trigger ovulation. This could be the reason why some women are having problems conceiving. Women who are trying to conceive should eliminate estrogen mimicking foods such as soy products and most processed foods. Foods that mimic estrogen interrupts iodine intake in the thyroid.
You can also nurture your thyroid by gently massage her and let her know you love her. Tell your thyroid how much you appreciate all that is does for your body. She will hear you.