The Hidden Secrets of the "Thyroid Gland"
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