Thyroid and Endocrine System Disorders
The thyroid is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body and is responsible for the production of thyroid hormones. These hormones are key for our metabolic processing and regulate the growth and rate of function of many systems in the body. Common thyroid disorders include autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s disease (Thyroiditis), Grave’s disease, goiter and thyroid nodules. One symptom often accompanying these illnesses is an enlargement or growth of the thyroid. Thyroid imbalances can be caused by too little or too much iodine.
Hypothyroid is characterized by an underactive thyroid that produces too little T3 and T4 thyroid hormones.
Hashimoto’s is the most common hypothyroid disorder which most commonly affects middle-aged women. The immune system attacks the thyroid gland, resulting in inflammation, enlargement and destruction of the gland. This disorder can lead to hypothyroidism and is a slow progressing disease.
It is believed that viruses, bacteria and foreign entities may be part of the cause along with food allergies, iodine, vitamin D deficiencies and imbalanced gut bacteria.
- Dry skin
- Dry, thinning hair
- Enlarged thyroid (goiter)
- Heavy and irregular menstruation
- Intolerance to cold
- Joint/muscle pain
- Pale, puffy face
- Weight gain
Exercise is a natural remedy that can help boost activity of the production of thyroid hormones and counteract hypothyroidism. Avoiding potential food allergens, and utilizing healthy sources of iodine such as Natural Brown Seaweed, vitamin D supplements and high quality probiotics may help.
These disorders are caused by inhibition of the hormone feedback loop which, in turn, leads to an overproduction of thyroid hormones T3 and T4.
Graves’ disease is most common in women ages 20 to 30 but can develop in anyone. Similar to Hashimoto’s disease, it is also an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the thyroid. The difference is that Graves’ disease is a hyperthyroid condition.
- Altered menstrual cycle
- Bulging eyes and eye problems
- Difficulty sleeping
- Enlarged thyroid (goiter)
- Excessive sweating
- Frequent bowel movements
- Hand tremors
- Heart palpitations
- Heat intolerance
- Increased or irregular heartbeat
- Muscle weakness
- Weight loss
Natural solutions include stress reduction, activities like breathing, meditation, quieting the mind and yoga.
Hypothyroid or Hyperthyroid Disorders:
Nodules are growths that form on or in the thyroid gland. If related to Hashimoto’s disease, the disorder can lead to hypothyroidism; however, if associated with Graves’ disease, it can lead to hyperthyroidism.
Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid Disorder or Neither:
Goiter is a non-cancerous enlargement of the thyroid gland. The most common cause of goiter is an iodine deficiency. This condition is more common in 3rd world countries where there can be insufficient iodine in the diet.
- Breathing and/or swallowing difficulties
- Coughing or wheezing
- Hoarseness of voice
- Swelling/tightness in the neck
A natural remedy for Goiter is to take small amounts of high-quality iodine at regular intervals. Natural Brown Seaweed is a wonderful source of one of the highest-quality forms of iodine available.
Natural Brown Seaweed has been used to support the thyroid and endocrine systems by providing a unique high-quality ionic iodine. Satya Detox recommends using Natural Brown Seaweed for hypothyroid and not hyperthyroid conditions. The seaweed product could potentially magnify issues for people with hyperthyroid disorders.
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