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The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland, located below the Adam’s Apple in the neck. This gland helps regulate oxygen uptake at the cell and therefore, plays a key role in energy, regulation of blood sugar levels and body temperature.
Two key hormones are triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) which help regulate oxygen in the cells and metabolism, including healthy weight.
In the brain-thyroid loop, the hypothalamus in the brain releases thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) when needed to command the pituitary gland to release thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). The circulating TSH in your bloodstream is what tells the thyroid to make more thyroid hormones for release into the bloodstream. This elegant feedback loop may be affected by poor diet, inadequate protein, lack of sufficient thyroid-support nutrients, stress, toxicity and incoordination of the nervous and endocrine systems.
The following items can stress the thyroid: smoking, exposure to fluoride (from tap water, commercial tooth paste, etc.), exposure to mercury (i.e. leaching from silver fillings, etc.) or other heavy metals, exposure to chemical toxins from body care and home cleaning products, consuming soy products (that are not fermented) such as soy protein powder, not enough natural iodine in the diet, stress from surgery, radiation treatment to the head, neck or chest, exposure to radioactive fallout or radioactive iodine treatment or chronic stress.
What’s The Best Support For The Thyroid?
First, adopt a natural whole foods diet that is full of living enzymes. Enzymes are substances that are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the body. No vitamin, mineral or hormone can do any work without enzymes. They help build our body from proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.
What Are The Best Sources Of Enzymes?
Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating commercial produce or meat due to their high content of pesticide residues. Pesticides act as xeno-estrogens (i.e. toxic, foreign estrogens) which can inhibit thyroid function and disturb healthy body physiology.
Adequate protein is important for thyroid function but a high protein diet (that is currently so popular) is high in phosphorus which can trigger calcium loss inducing low tissue oxygen which in turn can keep the thyroid revved too high and your body pH too low. In addition, eat a diet rich in natural fruits and vegetables to ensure an alkaline body pH, the key to the best thyroid support as well as great health.