Dr. Cass Ingram’s Thyroid Gland Test
Do you have questions about your thyroid function?
The Sluggish Thyroid Syndrome is perhaps the most commonly occurring hormonal disturbance in America today. It afflicts millions of people of all ages and sexes, although adult women are its usual victims.
The thyroid gland controls the metabolic rate and is descriptively known as the “master of metabolism”. As many as one in four Americans suffer from reduced thyroid function.
Reduced body temperature is perhaps the most common consequence of impaired thyroid function. The individual who wears several extra layers of clothes, wears socks to bed, or who has “ice cold hands” is typically thyroid deficient. The person who abhors the onset of winter is usually thyroid-deficient.
As the master of metabolism the thyroid gland exerts control of several critical functions, including body temperature, digestive enzyme synthesis, stomach acid production, fuel combustion, fat and protein synthesis, white blood cell synthesis and activity, and blood flow.
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THYROID – NUTRIENTS
The thyroid hormones, triiodothyronine and its prohormone, thyroxine, are tyrosine-based hormones produced by the thyroid gland that are primarily responsible for regulation of metabolism.
Non Gender Specific Hormones Assembled via Nutrient Therapy
Here’s what to eat (and why) to improve your thyroid function:
Cruciferous vegetables. Eat them raw, cooked or juiced
Brazil nuts. These are the richest dietary source of selenium, which is essential in converting thyroxine to its active form, T3
No soy protein isolate
Activities that Improve Thyroid Function
Moderate exercise performed three or more times each week can stimulate thyroid function. The best types of exercise, according to TheNaturalPlace.com, are walking, swimming, water aerobics, biking or jumping on a mini-trampoline. Exercise that increases metabolism, reduces stress and strengthens the immune system, such as yoga and Tai Chi, is also recommended. In a study published in “Neuroendocrinology Letters” in December 2005, researchers found that low-intensity exercise was beneficial to thyroid hormone levels.
Many people with hypothyroidism experience weight gain from a lowered caloric need. Weight training, a form of anaerobic exercise, can help to improve fitness and metabolic rate for weight loss once thyroid levels have stabilized, according to CSA.com. Under-active thyroid can cause joint pain and weakened muscles from impaired respiration and oxygen supply. Individuals with untreated hypothyroidism may have a low tolerance for high-intensity anaerobic exercise.