Located in the
lower part of the neck, and approximately 2-1/2 inches
wide, the thyroid glad regulates the rate at which the
body burns food and controls the production of certain
body tissues such as nails and hair The thyroid
gland also regulates body temperature, breakdown of
carbohydrates, mental clarity and well-being, energy
levels and even vitamin absorption. Cholesterol
levels, hair texture, nail strength, suppleness or
dryness of the skin and sex drive are all directly influenced
by the thyroid.
The thyroid gland releases a combination of several
different hormones. Their names aren't as
important as their purpose - to speed up the
metabolism of the body.
refers to the rate or speed at which, or the degree to
which, the body breaks down food and changes it into
living tissue and energy. Metabolism is
controlled by hormones.
are low thyroid symptoms?
consequence of a sluggish thyroid is a slow
metabolism. Everything is slower. Brain
processes can be suppressed, triggering depression,
lethargy and a general apathetic feeling. A loss
of libido (sex drive) can occur with a slow thyroid.
It could also cause a complete loss of the menstrual
cycle in women.
is feeling of being tired all the time, despite
sleeping long hours. This is chronic
fatigue Its distinct feature is feeling more
awake in the morning but ready for bed at 8 PM.
The thyroid also controls the oil glands and blood
flow to the skin. A sluggish thyroid can mean
dry skin and dry, brittle hair. With a thyroid
problem, a person could attempt to curl her hair and
not be able to maintain the curl. She might even
lose the outer third of her eyebrows.
the thyroid gland controls metabolism, in a
state it begins to drive body temperatures to well
below normal, causing cold hands and feet.
everything is slower, the body will demand quick
energy as in carbohydrate cravings, especially
starches like bread, and sugary carbohydrates. Carbohydrates (sugar is a carbohydrate) such as
breads, pasta, cereals, crackers, pancakes cookies,
alcohol, etc.etc..are craved.
symptoms are: weakness, fatigue, lethargy,
sleepiness, need for mid-afternoon naps, generalized
weight gain, sagging skin under arms, chin or
midsection, low/poor appetite, craving bread, pasta,
chocolate and sweets, high cholesterol, brittle nails
with vertical ridges, hair stiff and dry, hair loss or
thinning hair, dry skin, puffiness around eyes,
sagging eyelids, outer eyebrows thinning or absent,
slight rosiness or reddening of the face, poor
short-term memory or focus, depression, apathetic
(loss of hope), difficulty making decisions, low body temperature,
cold intolerance, cold feet and/or hands, loss of
libido, loss of menstrual cycle, indentations on sides
of the tongue, thickening of the tongue, voice deeper
and rougher in sound
What is a
Normal Thyroid Range?
Sometimes blood tests will indicate
the thyroid is normal, but all the symptoms are normal
present. This is known as Wilson's Syndrome.
If you body temperature is low, but the blood tests
say it's not the thyroid. The reason
for this is that the thyroxine is T4. Each
molecule has 4 iodine. In order for your body to
use the thyroxin, the body must convert it to T3
(yes, 3 iodine attached).
If your body
isn't converting the T4 to T3, the blood tests will
show that there is enough thyroxin in the blood but it
isn't being used.
works like this:
The Hypothalamus stimulates the Pituitary gland
to produce Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to produce T4 (thyroxine).
T4 is the raw material used to make the active
thyroid hormone T3.
T4 is also converted to Reverse T3 (RT3) which
is physiologically inactive.
80 percent of the active thyroid hormone T3 is
produced outside the thyroid gland, in the tissues
of the body.
T4 is converted to T3 by an enzyme called
This enzyme is inhibited by stress, acute and
chronic illness, fasting, cortisol (steroid), and
Under stress and fasting, the body converts less
T4 to T3 and more T4 to T3 to conserve energy
(with less T3, the cells of the body slow down).
video goes over the 3 causes of thyroid dysfunction
There is a book that
was written for weight loss, however, it goes over the
different hormones of the body and especially the
Thyroid. It is informative and is easy
reading. For better understanding of the Thyroid
go to Hormones.
a book about healthy Thyroid by Suzy Cohen, Pharmacist
Healthy - She states "Are you one of the millions who’s fallen through the cracks of the “standard” medical system? Have you been told your depressed or ‘stressed out’ but you’re really not? It’s so unfair that you can tell your doctor about classic symptoms of low thyroid and still get dismissed because conventional tests don’t prove how you feel! Did you know some popular thyroid drugs are completely useless until your body converts it? I’m blowing the lid off of “standard” medical treatment for thyroid disease. Inside, you will learn about the best lab tests, how to interpret them, where to buy them, foods that heal your thyroid, and foods that harm it. You’ll also learn which medications work best, and which nutrients and supplements authentically work. Reclaim your life, start
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Do your blood tests
show the thyroid is normal, yet you have cold hands and
feet? There is a case where the thyroid is
producing thyroxin, but it is not being converted to a
usable form. They body can only T3.
T4 is converted to
T3 in the Liver. Thus, it may be that you have to
address the functioning of the liver.
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