The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which enter the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, nervous system, immune system, heart, muscles working.
Your brain cells alone have more T3 receptors than any other tissues, which means that a proper uptake of thyroid hormone is essential for the brain cells to work properly. Thyroid is seriously connected to the optimal functioning of your brain, including your cognitive function, mood, ability to concentrate, memory, attention span, and emotions
Thyroid is a gland that wears down an d that can present symptoms. Low and high thyroid hormones, and the common occurrence of sluggish, poorly functioning adrenals, can play a role in a variety of emotional and behavioral symptoms and disturbances, including:
- physical symptoms like: dry skin, hair loss, ,rapid weight loss, low body temp
Which Low body temp creates friendly environment for pathogens like bacteria and viruses to grow. It can also make your enzymes less effective, since enzymes need the right temperature to do their job. The result is poorer detoxification via your liver.
Nourishing your thyroid to be preventative, especially if genetically there are thyroid issues in your family, is a smart thing to do. Several minerals and trace elements are essential for normal thyroid hormone metabolism.
Iron is required for proper thyroid function. As it is needed for the creation of thyroid hormone. Low Iron level are associated with Hypothyroid and Its important to get your Iron levels checked especially if you are diagnosed with Hypothyroid. The lower your iron levels are the less likely you are to utilize iodine.
Is also needed for the production of thyroid hormone and your body does not make it we get it through supplementation. Iodine deficiency leads to hypothyroid and goiters. Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. Iodine has a direct link to controlling your metabolism.
Selenium is probably the next most important mineral affecting thyroid function. The thyroid contains more selenium by weight than any other organ. without selenium there would be no activation of thyroid hormone. Selenium also plays a role in protecting the thyroid gland itself. Selenium deficiency is real and should be supplemented especially if diagnosed with hypothyroid or hashimoto’s.
Your Thyroid is a major player in your body’s ability to break down food and convert it to energy. It works in conjunction with the hypothalmus and pituitary gland to control such things as temperature, breathing, reproduction, heart rate, and many other critical functions.
Numerous factors contribute to the decline of thyroid health. Influences that play a role may include:
- Heavy metal contamination
- Pesticide and herbicide
- Good and Bad bacteria in your gut being out of balance
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Drugs such as antibiotics
- Lack of nutrients possibly associated with malnutrition, poor diet, or decreased nutrient absorption from related disorders like IBD
- Poor sleep habits
But there is good news. Consistent simple lifestyle changes and supplementation can help restore your Thyroid. We will go over L- Tyrosine and BComplex.
The amino acid Tyrosine works in joint effort with iodine to produce thyroid hormones T4 and T3. Tyrosine provides the structural foundation for thyroid hormones and Low levels of this amino acid is linked to a reduction in thyroid hormones.
B-vitamin deficiency happens when too much consumption of sugar is happening. Vitamin B6 feeds thyroid hormone production which has been shown in study to reverse symptoms of hypothyroidism. If you have diagnosed Hypothyroid taking a B complex and B12 is essential because Hypothyroidism can compromise your ability to absorb vitamin B-12 and B 12 is essential for like red blood cells and energy. Vitamin B2 or riboflavin is required for the regulation of thyroid enzymes. Without this vitamin, the production of T4 would be suppressed and adrenal glands wouldn’t be able to secrete their hormones.
So, in conclusion there are ten nutrients required for your thyroid to get to create TSH and stimulate your thyroid gland to produce your thyroid hormones and then to activate your cellular metabolic rate. The ten nutrients are: Protein, Magnesium, Bvitamins like B-12 and B2, Zinc, Iodine, Vitamin C, Selenium, Vitamin D and Vitamin A.
The very first thing is that this TSH doesn’t just magically appear. In order to properly make TSH you have to maintain adequate protein in your diet. Magnesium, vitamin B-12, and zinc are also required to make Thyroid stimulating Hormone.
TSH comes from your brain and it travels to your thyroid gland and tells your thyroid gland to produce T4(inactive thyroid hormone). The T4 travels through the blood stream and when it gets to the tissues it is converted into T3 which is the active form of thyroid hormone. T4 then binds to your cell receptors and that is what increases your metabolism. Its important to understand because you need Vitamin D and Vitamin A to have T3 activate your cells to increase your metabolic rate and increase your energy.
So get your Doctor to check your Vitamin A and Vitamin D levels.
Till next time!!!!