Your thyroid is one of the largest glands in your body, and is located just over your windpipe at the base of your throat. The thyroid produces thyroid hormone T3 and T4, these hormones increase the metabolic activity of your cells. The function of your thyroid includes:
- Boosts metabolic activity of cells causing fat and carbohydrates to be burned for energy.
- Decreases body weight.
- Decreases cholesterol and triglycerides preventing atherosclerosis.
- Increases basal body temperature and blood flow so you feel warm.
- Helps secrete digestive enzymes so you can break down your food and assimilate nutrients properly.
- Helps your muscles to contract and relax normally.
As you can see having a healthy balanced thyroid is an important part of good health and managing a healthy weight. Subclinical hypothyroid is chronically under diagnosed in the traditional medical system. The best way to find out if your thyroid is healthy, is to to have a full thyroid workup: Total T3 and T4, free T3 and T4, TSH, reverse T3, iodine, Anti-thyroglobulin antibodies and Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies all checked by your healthcare provider. The challenge is most doctors will only check your TSH, which doesn’t give us a complete picture of your thyroid health.
Signs your thyroid is slowing you down if you are experiencing:
- Difficulty losing weight despite healthy diet and being active
- Low mood or depression
- Dry skin and hair, nail break easily and hair falls out
You can also try this home test:
Take your oral temperature at 11am three days in a row. Menstruating women take your temperature on day 3,4, and 5 of your menstrual cycle. Men and postmenopausal women can take your body temperature anytime of the month. A basal temperature between below 98.6F is a good indicator of low thyroid function.
Healthy foods for your thyroid:
- Red meat, spinach, mushrooms, and sea vegetables provides the body with iron which is needed to convert the amino acid phenylalanine to tyrosine a building block for thyroid hormones. Sea vegetables, organic yogurt, grass fed cow’s milk, and eggs are an excellent source of iodine, the thyroid uses iodine to build thyroid hormone.
- A targeted supplement protocol designed by your Naturopathic Doctor can significantly improve your thyroid and help maintain a healthy metabolism.