The butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck regulates your metabolism and takes part in numerous processes, including:
- Skin complexion
- Heart rate
- Muscle strength
- Central and peripheral nervous system
- Menstrual cycle
The role of thyroid gland
The thyroid gland belongs to the endocrine system. This system produces, stores, and releases hormones in blood. In this way, thyroid hormones are able to reach cells. Your thyroid gland uses iodine from the food you eat, and produces Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4).
The hypothalamus is responsible for the production of TSH. This hormone sends signals to the pituitary which in turn “asks” the thyroid to produce more or less of T3 and T4. In short, it’s responsible for the balance of T3 and T4. Low levels of these hormones stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more THS and stimulate the production of thyroid hormones. If the levels are too high, the pituitary gland produces less THS, and slows down the secretion of thyroid hormones.
Hypothyroidism is a common thyroid issue. It’s caused by insufficient T3 and T4 levels. How to recognize it? Check for the following symptoms:
- Dry skin and hair
- Sensitivity to cold temperature
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Joint pain
- Frequent, heavy periods
Hyperthyroidism is also common and pretty dangerous. It means that the thyroid gland works “overtime.” Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Hair loss
- Hand trembling
- Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
- Missed or light periods
- Nervousness, hyperactivity
Hyperthyroidism is often caused by medication, oral radioactive iodine, and surgery. Doctors have hard time detecting a thyroid issue.
But, you can optimize the function of your thyroid gland naturally. Try this recipe!
Cranberries are an excellent source of iodine. This mineral is of utmost importance for your thyroid gland.
Vitamin C offers strong antioxidant power which is also necessary for the production of thyroid hormones.
Ginger is rich in magnesium. This mineral puts any thyroid malfunction under control.
Cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory agent. It lowers the risk of hypothyroidism.
Cranberry thyroid-boosting juice
- 7 cups spring or filtered water
- 1 cup 100% cranberry juice
- 1/4 tbsp. lemon juice
- 3/4 tbsp. orange juice
- 1/4 tbsp. ginger powder
- 1/2 tbsp. Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/4 tbsp. nutmeg
*Make your own lemon/orange juice – it’s super easy!
Bring the water to a boil, and add in your cranberry juice and the spices. Simmer on low for 20 minutes, and take the pot off the heat. Let it cool, and add in the citrus juices. Stir well, and sip your refreshing drink throughout the day.