Have a Healthy Thyroid

There are many vital parts of your body that don’t get enough credit for all the work they do to keep you going. One of them is your thyroid. Though the thyroid is tiny, the role it plays in your health is mighty and often underappreciated.

For those who don’t know (and we wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t know the specifics), the thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located at the base of the throat. In general, people don’t tend to pay much attention to their thyroid unless it’s causing them a problem.

According to Bastyr University, the thyroid “stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in our bodies. Thyroid hormone (Triiodothyronine or T3) regulates our metabolic rate and is associated with modest changes in body weight and energy levels. Major targets of thyroid hormone are the skeleton, the heart and the metabolic machinery of every cell.”

Basically, your thyroid helps all of your organs perform well. A problem with your thyroid can really throw things out of whack.

When your thyroid isn’t functioning properly, in other words when it’s under- or overactive, a wide variety of things can start to go wrong.

According to Health.com, you may start to notice exhaustion, a lower libido, difficulty focusing, anxiety, unpredictable digestion, muscle pain, high blood pressure, difficulty regulating temperature, weight gain or trouble regulating weight, hair loss, high cholesterol, dry skin and general muscle weakness.

Generally, thyroid issues are categorized as thyroid disease, which can actually be broken down into two main subcategories.

Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism occurs when your thyroid is underactive. This means that your thyroid, according to Synthroid, isn’t making enough thyroxine (your thyroid hormone) which causes your system to slow down.

“The number one cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that causes the thyroid to become inflamed and unable to produce enough thyroid hormone.”

That being said, though, a variety of other problems can lead to hypothyroidism as well.

Hyperthyroidism

Basically, hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism. In this instance, your thyroid is actually making too much of the thyroid hormone, causing the body to speed up.

The most common symptoms of hyperthyroidism, according to Healthline, include weight loss, weakness, irregular heartbeat and difficulty sleeping.

The most common type of hyperthyroidism is caused by Graves disease, which is an autoimmune disorder. Like hypothyroidism, there are a variety of other things that can cause an overactive thyroid as well.

Whether you suspect your thyroid is overactive, underactive or causing you any problems in general,  it’s important to deal with the problem as soon as possible to get your body back into optimal health. A visit to your doctor is the easiest way to decipher what might be the problem. 

How to keep your thyroid healthy

If you’re not currently having thyroid problems, keeping your thyroid healthy to prevent future problems is a great place to start. It’s probably clear to you by now that keeping your thyroid in top shape is extremely important.

Keeping your thyroid healthy can be as easy as making some small dietary changes. At the top of the list is avoiding processed foods, refined sugars and preservatives. Then, incorporating fermented foods, healthy fats and sea vegetables into your diet is recommended.

Aside from food choices, a big part of thyroid health is the balancing act between calcium and magnesium.

According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson in an article featured on Healthful Elements, “The higher the level of hair calcium, in general, the lower the effective activity of the thyroid gland. This occurs because one of the effects of [the thyroid hormones] T3 and T4 is to lower calcium levels in the tissues and at times, in the blood. Once released into the blood, T4 must be absorbed into our cells. For this to occur, the cell membranes must function properly. Problems with cell permeability can be due to accumulation of bio unavailable calcium and magnesium in the cell membranes. This excessively stabilizes the cell membranes and reduces cell permeability. Deficient calcium and magnesium cause excessive cell permeability.”

So, as it turns out, magnesium is a key player when it comes to thyroid health.

Magnesium for thyroid health

Magnesium is incredibly important for thyroid health, but just like the thyroid itself, it isn’t always given the credit it deserves.

According to HypothyroidMom, “Magnesium is responsible for converting the inactive T4 thyroid hormone into the active form of T3. This is extremely important because the metabolism of your body cells are enhanced by T3, not inactive T4. Magnesium deficiency is related to goiter, or an enlarged thyroid gland. Another important nutrient in preventing goiter is iodine, but magnesium is right there helping too. Magnesium helps you to make more T4 in the thyroid gland. Without magnesium, many of the thyroid enzymes that make thyroid hormone simply could not function.”

Magnesium supplementation can help with both hypo and hyperthyroidism. Not only that but having adequate magnesium can prevent future thyroid issues.

Magnesium isn’t just good for your thyroid, it has a wide variety of functions in the body. Check out our Top 10 Benefits of Magnesium post to learn all about what this mineral can do for you.

EASE Magnesium is a topical supplement that enters your bloodstream through your skin. Using EASE regularly can restore your magnesium levels and promote calcium absorption, both of which are good for your thyroid.

Within 90 seconds of spraying it on, the benefits of EASE will start sinking in.

Give EASE Magnesium a try and keep your thyroid healthy!

 

Related Links

http://health.bastyr.edu/news/health-tips/2012/04/what-your-thyroid-and-what-does-it-do
http://hypothyroidmom.com/two-vital-nutrients-for-your-thyroid-not-the-usual-suspects/
https://www.healthfulelements.com/blog/2015/10/your-thyroid-magnesium
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20723100,00.html#more
https://www.synthroid.com/hypothyroidism/definition
https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10681/what-you-should-eat-to-improve-thyroid-health.html

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