Increased public awareness has caused many of my patients to inquire about their own thyroid health, and here's the deal: Your thyroid is a gland at the base of your neck that produces hormones that regulate your metabolism. If you're gaining weight for no reason, pooping less frequently, feeling like you always need moisturizer, are tired all the time even though you get enough sleep, or you notice your hair is thinning or your nails keep breaking, you may be suffering from an underactive thyroid, or hypothyroidism, where you're not producing enough thyroid hormone.Symptoms of an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), on the other hand, include unexplained weight loss, frequent sweating, a rapid heartbeat, softer poop, and (again) fatigue. (Kick-start your new, healthy routine with Women's Health's 12-Week Total-Body Transformation!)Related: 5 Signs Your Appendix Is About To BurstEven if you aren't experiencing any of these issues, there are other factors that suggest a … [Read more...] about Just How Worried Should You Be About Thyroid Disease?
Autoimmune thyroid disease
immune systems are supposed to protect us from a host of invading threats. To get a better picture, let’s think of the immune system like Superman—instead of fighting criminals, our “Superman” protects our bodies from dangerous viruses, bacteria, and diseases. But what would happen if there was a disease that could break through your immune system and damage it? Celiac disease is a medical condition where the body’s immune system reacts adversely to the consumption of gluten; this can eventually break down the lining that protects the small intestine, making it difficult for the small intestine to absorb the necessary nutrients that our bodies need to function. This absorption issue is called malabsorption. Celiac disease symptoms vary, depending on the person, but they typically include diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain, and excessive gas. Keep in mind that at the beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all! A simple blood test will detect … [Read more...] about Everything You Need to Know About Celiac Disease
Hyperthyroidism happens when your thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone. This results in an overactive metabolic rate, which can cause irritability, insomnia and fatigue, amongst other things. Although not as common as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism is still a threat to many. Without even knowing it, a malfunctioning thyroid can be the underlying cause of many recurring illnesses. How can you make sure your thyroid produces the right amount of thyroid hormone? You need to make sure you boost your nutritional health with vitamin B12. At least this is the latest health news from a group of Polish researchers. The scientists looked at the use of vitamin supplements in the Polish population and a possible link with thyroid disease. The researchers noted that although vitamin deficiencies are uncommon in Poland or other developed countries, many patients take vitamin supplements. But despite the widespread availability of vitamins and the universal belief that vitamins offer … [Read more...] about Use This Vitamin to Boost Your Thyroid
The Thyroid Gland is located in the anterior neck and is one of the largest endocrine glands in the human body that controls sensitivity to other hormones. This gland also controls the rate of use from energy sources and protein synthesis. Did you know that common everyday things can effects the thyroid gland in negative ways? Throughout peoples everyday lives this all-important gland takes a beating by the things we do making us feel sluggish, fatigued, anxious, and the inability to lose weight. The thyroid plays a huge role in how you personally feel. Usually prescription medicines are prescribed, but only suppresses the symptoms, which makes this worse. Here are some of the most detrimental factors that are destroying the health of your thyroid. Heavy Metals such as aluminum, mercury, lead, and arsenic are very toxic and tends to accumulate directly in the thyroid gland. The most common toxin of the bunch is mercury and most people have some form of it in their bodies thanks to … [Read more...] about Top 6 Toxins That Destroy Your Thyroid
Feeling sluggish, foggy, anxious, and unable to lose weight? Chances are, there are a few things going wrong in your body, one of them being a compromised thyroid gland. Unfortunately, over our lifetimes we have unwittingly assaulted our thyroid, and continue to do the same today. This makes recovery from a thyroid issue nearly impossible, and to top it off most people are put on prescriptions that do very little to address the problem, and only make matters worse. If you want any hope to get over the symptoms related to a thyroid disorder, you must consider the following 6 factors that can destroy thyroid health. Fluoride was universally placed in water supplies and dental cleaning products to help prevent tooth decay. However, what few people know is that fluoride has also been prescribed as a drug to reduce the activity of the thyroid gland. Up through the 1950’s, doctors in Europe and South America prescribed fluoride to lower function in patients with over … [Read more...] about 6 Toxins That Destroy Thyroid Health
Approximately 28 million Americans suffer from a thyroid problem of which 90% are due to the autoimmune disease known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Unfortunately, conventional medicine treats you the same way whether you have non-autoimmune hypothyroidism or Hashimoto’s thyroid disease that has led to hypothyroidism. One of the most important things to identify is the actual cause of your Hashimoto’s thyroiditis which heavily determines how it is treated. Pregnancy, gluten, vitamin D deficiency, cigarette smoke, leaky gut and infections are some of the many triggers of autoimmune thyroid disease. Infections are by far the most overlooked aspect of the causes of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis not only in conventional medicine but in alternative medicine circles as well. The three most common infections involved in autoimmune thyroid disease include: Epstein-Barr Virus Yersinia Enterocolitica Helicobacter pylori Most likely, your doctor has not … [Read more...] about Three Infections That Destroy Your Thyroid Gland
This is a guest post by Dr. Laura Thompson. Ahh – the great, enigmatic thyroid gland helps regulate metabolism, energy production, digestive, heart and brain function, and bone metabolism. Like all glands it is responsible for opposites, making diagnosis potentially difficult. You could be hot-cold, dry-moist, anxious-depressed, tired or wired. Your practitioner has to be very astute and the testing has to be very specific to really know what’s going on. Unfortunately, that’s usually not the case. Many people who have thyroid imbalance don’t even know it because the blood tests they take are not complete. Most doctors only run a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). That’s a pituitary hormone, not even a thyroid hormone. Sometimes they run a T4 or T3, but these often come out normal even if a person has a thyroid or metabolic imbalance. Now, I’m not itching for everyone to be diagnosed, nor to take meds, but it would be great to know if your … [Read more...] about The Thyroid – Virus Connection
By: Alexander Shikhman, MD PhD The thyroid gland is a hormonal gland that plays an essential role in metabolism, growth and maturation of the human body. It helps regulate many bodily functions including: – Body temperature Autoimmune thyroid diseases, causing downregulation (Hashimoto disease) or upregulation of our thyroid function (Grave’s disease) are extremely common and affect over 10% of women and 2% of men. Studies indicate that genes contribute to 70% of these conditions—demonstrating a strong genetic predisposition toward autoimmune thyroid diseases. There are several environmental/nongenetic factors contributing to the development of autoimmune thyroid diseases including: stress, infections (for example, Yersinia enterocolitica and hepatitis C), drugs, alcohol (moderate alcohol consumption decreases the risk of thyroid diseases), cigarette smoking (smoking tobacco increases risk for Graves’ disease; but surprisingly, … [Read more...] about Three Natural Ways to Support Healthy Thyroid Function
Having an autoimmune disease is like having a monster inside your body taking over control. There are several kinds that a person can develop each with varied side effects and severity. Some common ones people develop are rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Grave’s disease, and inflammatory bowel disease. Recognizing the early signs of developing one of the 80 types of autoimmune diseases out there is important when it comes to treating it and getting it under control as quickly as possible so you have a chance at living a life with less crippling symptoms in the future. Ten Signs of an Autoimmune Disease Weight Loss: Losing weight suddenly is an early indicator that you may in fact have developed an autoimmune disease. This is especially true if you usually keep a constant weight or have not changed your diet. The common autoimmune diseases that can cause rapid weight loss are inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and grave’s disease. Body Aches and … [Read more...] about 10 Signs that You may have an Autoimmune Disease
Autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA). Autoimmune diseases are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more, and can cause many different types of symptoms all over the body that range from mild to severe in nature. Symptoms Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are: joints 12 Symptoms Of Autoimmune Disease Low Blood Sugar Blood Pressure Changes Muscle and Joint Pain Swollen Glands Susceptibility to Infections Extreme Fatigue Memory Problems Inflammation Allergies Digestive Problems Thyroid Problems Pr-menstrual Syndrome Home Remedies For Autoimmune Disease Spirulina Peony roots … [Read more...] about How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 12 Sign Of Autoimmune Disease!