So what is up with the "Thyroid" gland? In the past few days we've spoken about "Iodine", "histamine" and "lectins". So how do these elements affect the "Thyroid"?
First . . . let's understand the mechanics of this important gland. The "thyroid" produces "hormones" that regulate how the body's cells use energy from the food we eat. This process is called our "metabolism". And the body's "metabolism" affects our temperature, heartbeat and amount of calories we're capable of burning.
The "thyroid" also controls muscle and digestive function, brain development and bone maintenance.
So we can clearly see . . . the "thyroid" gland is a vital hormone gland AND it needs to be constantly releasing a steady amount of "thyroid" hormone into the bloodstream for a healthy bodily function.
Okay . . . so what can cause the "thyroid" to malfunction?
Well . . . science states this problem can be caused by an "iodine" deficiency or an "autoimmune disease" in which the immune system attacks its own body. This leads to either "hyperthyroidism" which is caused by Graves' disease or "hypothyroidism" which is caused by Hashimoto's disease.
And some of the symptoms of "thyroid" distress are sudden weight loss, fast or uneven heartbeat, heart palpitations, nervousness, anxiety, irritability, or trembling in the hands or fingers. Other symptoms are fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, constipation, dry skin, weight gain, puffy face, hoarseness and muscle weakness.
There are even nutrients in the food we eat that can be harmful to our health and trigger these "thyroid" hormones to "malfunction" such as soy foods, tofu, tempeh and edamame.
BUT . . . the biggest offender is "Lectins"!
I did a Health Tip a few months back about this little toxic enemy.
And as we know from previous Health tips . . . Lectins are called the" SILENT DESTROYER" that can trigger the body to attack its own organs! Remember what I just said above . . . that sciences states one cause of "hypothyroidism" or "hyperthyroidism" is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks its own body.
Sound familiar? Science gets that it's an autoimmune disease . . . but they don't know why! And they don't acknowledge "lectins" as a threat to our health. Science is trying to make this all about science and not the reality of "nature".
You see , , , Lectins are an enemy of the body "only" if we don't have ample "good" bacteria to keep them at bay. And we as a society fit that category. Therefore, they provoke the release of large amounts of "histamine" which causes massive amounts of "inflammation" throughout the body. And if that wasn't back enough . . .
Lectins are also called the "MISCOMMUNITACTOR" because they mess up our body's communication process, especially with the "Thyroid gland"!!!!!
You see . . . Lectins trigger the "thyroid" cells to "talk to" immune cells and attract TOO many of them to the thyroid. Therefore, messing up how the "thyroid" functions. This is all done by mixed signaling and miscommunication from lectins. And is considered one of the early steps in the "autoimmune destruction of the thyroid".
When lectins are in the bloodstream (the body now considers them the enemy), the immune system reacts and produces too much "inflammation" into the body creating the immune system to flare up and attack not only the lectin in the bloodstream but also the "thyroid gland". Why you ask?
Well . . . for example . . . "Hashimoto's" occurs after people have long-term or recurrent infections. Lectins block mucosa, which is the natural barrier and protector against bacteria and viruses not only in the intestine but also the "throat". This in turn, creates a prolonged state of inflammation which can "re-program" the immune system (miscommunication) and lead to autoimmune conditions.
Tomorrow we'll continue this discussion.
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