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Struggling with your weight?

Are you always tired, worn out and gaining weight? Do you often feel the cold (not just in winter)? Are you feeling down? Do you suffer from fluid retention and puffiness? Are your bowels sluggish? Is your hair thinning, dull and lifeless?

It may be your thyroid gland is not functioning optimally which can lead to a range of health problems, some of which are listed above.

Where is the thyroid gland?

The thyroid gland is located at the front of the neck attached to the lower part of the larynx and the upper part of the trachea. Although small in size,  it is one of your body’s largest hormone producing glands.

What does the thyroid gland do?

It plays a major role in weight management. – Your hormones produced by your thyroid gland control the basic activity of each cell in your body, including metabolism, growth and development. Basically, if your thyroid hormones are not efficient at converting food into physical energy, it will be difficult to control your weight. 

To top it all off, an under active thyroid also speeds up the rate of ageing – doesn’t it happen fast enough as it is!

Our thyroid gland produces two hormones, namely T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 or commonly called thyroxine (tetraiodothyronine). T3 contains three molecules of iodine, whereas T4 contains four molecules of iodine. Despite the body’s higher production rate of T4, the potency of T3 is up to seven times stronger. Your body only makes small amounts of T3, and most T3 needs to be converted from T4 into the more active T3 form.

What are some of the causes of an under active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)?

The incidence of hypothyroidism can be manifold. Thyroid conditions tend to run in families and are more likely to occur in people who have an autoimmune disease such as type 1 diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or coeliac disease.

Nutritionally, iodine and selenium play major key roles in thyroid function. Iodine and selenium deficiencies from depleted soils, but also excessive iodine intake, impair T3 and T4 hormone levels. Goitrogenic foods such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, soybeans, peanuts, pine nuts and millet in their uncooked form also inhibit thyroid hormone production if eaten in large amounts.

Further causes of thyroid under activity include radiation exposure, medical radiation exposure and childbirth.

How well is your thyroid functioning?

It has been shown that measuring your basal (resting) body temperature is a good indicator of thyroid function. A drop in temperature can indicate an under active thyroid gland, whereas an over active thyroid increases body temperature. Measuring your body temperature first thing in the morning is an easy way to assess thyroid health. Please contact me for instructions as it needs to be carried out correctly. It would also be advisable to use this body temperature test in conjunction with a blood test assessing thyroid function.

How to keep your thyroid gland healthy?

Are you suspecting your thyroid gland is not working at optimum level? Are you currently on thyroid medication and still feeling tired and struggling with weight issues? Please book in for an appointment to discuss it further.

In the meantime, ensure your diet:

  • contains the essential nutrients required for healthy thyroid gland function such as iodine, selenium and Vitamin D;
  • includes tyrosine found in red meat, fish, poultry, almonds, avocados, bananas and pumpkin seeds for thyroid hormone production;
  • supplies fatty acids found in oily fish (salmon, sardines, anchovies), raw nuts and seeds, cold pressed olive oil and organic coconut oil. These fats improve the health of cell membranes and thereby allowing thyroid hormones to function more efficiently.

Last but not least

Ensure you have a healthy liver. The conversion of T4 into its active form, T3, takes place in the liver. A sluggish liver will struggle to do an effective job and weight loss will be a lot harder to achieve. For more information and to make an appointment, please contact me on Anita@Missinglinkhealth.com.au.

 

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