Located in the lower part of the neck, and approximately 2-1/2 inches wide, the thyroid glad regulates the rate at which the body burns food and controls the production of certain body tissues such as nails and hair The thyroid gland also regulates body temperature, breakdown of carbohydrates, mental clarity and well-being, energy levels and even vitamin absorption. Cholesterol levels, hair texture, nail strength, suppleness or dryness of the skin and sex drive are all directly influenced by the thyroid.
The thyroid gland releases a combination of several different hormones. Their names aren’t as important as their purpose – to speed up the metabolism of the body.
Metabolism refers to the rate or speed at which, or the degree to which, the body breaks down food and changes it into living tissue and energy. Metabolism is controlled by hormones.
What are low thyroid symptoms?
The major consequence of a sluggish thyroid is a slow metabolism. Everything is slower. Brain processes can be suppressed, triggering depression, lethargy and a general apathetic feeling. A loss of libido (sex drive) can occur with a slow thyroid. It could also cause a complete loss of the menstrual cycle in women.
Another manifestation is feeling of being tired all the time, despite sleeping long hours. This is chronic fatigue Its distinct feature is feeling more awake in the morning but ready for bed at 8 PM. The thyroid also controls the oil glands and blood flow to the skin. A sluggish thyroid can mean dry skin and dry, brittle hair. With a thyroid problem, a person could attempt to curl her hair and not be able to maintain the curl. She might even lose the outer third of her eyebrows.
Since the thyroid gland controls metabolism, in a non-optimum state it begins to drive body temperatures to well below normal, causing cold hands and feet.
Because everything is slower, the body will demand quick energy as in carbohydrate cravings, especially starches like bread, and sugary carbohydrates. Carbohydrates (sugar is a carbohydrate) such as breads, pasta, cereals, crackers, pancakes cookies, alcohol, etc.etc..are craved.
Typical thyroid symptoms are: weakness, fatigue, lethargy, sleepiness, need for mid-afternoon naps, generalized weight gain, sagging skin under arms, chin or midsection, low/poor appetite, craving bread, pasta, chocolate and sweets, high cholesterol, brittle nails with vertical ridges, hair stiff and dry, hair loss or thinning hair, dry skin, puffiness around eyes, sagging eyelids, outer eyebrows thinning or absent, slight rosiness or reddening of the face, poor short-term memory or focus, depression, apathetic (loss of hope), difficulty making decisions, low body temperature, cold intolerance, cold feet and/or hands, loss of libido, loss of menstrual cycle, indentations on sides of the tongue, thickening of the tongue, voice deeper and rougher in sound
What is a Normal Thyroid Range?
Sometimes blood tests will indicate the thyroid is normal, but all the symptoms are normal present. This is known as Wilson’s Syndrome. If you body temperature is low, but the blood tests say it’s not the thyroid. The reason for this is that the thyroxine is T4. Each molecule has 4 iodine. In order for your body to use the thyroxin, the body must convert it to T3 (yes, 3 iodine attached).
If your body isn’t converting the T4 to T3, the blood tests will show that there is enough thyroxin in the blood but it isn’t being used.
It works like this:
- The Hypothalamus stimulates the Pituitary gland to produce Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH).
- TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to produce T4 (thyroxine).
- T4 is the raw material used to make the active thyroid hormone T3.
- T4 is also converted to Reverse T3 (RT3) which is physiologically inactive.
- 80 percent of the active thyroid hormone T3 is produced outside the thyroid gland, in the tissues of the body.
- T4 is converted to T3 by an enzyme called 5′ Deiodinase.
- This enzyme is inhibited by stress, acute and chronic illness, fasting, cortisol (steroid), and other things.
- Under stress and fasting, the body converts less T4 to T3 and more T4 to T3 to conserve energy (with less T3, the cells of the body slow down).
- T4 is converted to T3 in the liver.
What is the Cause of thyroid problems?
Causes of Thyroid Dysfunction
There are many causes, and finding the actual cause will enable you to find what to do about it. You can get a good understanding of what causes thyroid problems by listening to this video from Dr.Ruscio What Causes Hypothyroid? Knowing what is causing the problem is the first step towards fixing it
The video goes over the 3 causes of thyroid dysfunction
What is Hypothyroidism?
There is a book that was written for weight loss, however, it goes over the different hormones of the body and especially the Thyroid. It is informative and is easy reading. For better understanding of the Thyroid go to Hormones.
For a book about healthy Thyroid by Suzy Cohen, Pharmacist
Thyroid Healthy – She states “Are you one of the millions who’s fallen through the cracks of the “standard” medical system? Have you been told your depressed or ‘stressed out’ but you’re really not? It’s so unfair that you can tell your doctor about classic symptoms of low thyroid and still get dismissed because conventional tests don’t prove how you feel! Did you know some popular thyroid drugs are completely useless until your body converts it? I’m blowing the lid off of “standard” medical treatment for thyroid disease. Inside, you will learn about the best lab tests, how to interpret them, where to buy them, foods that heal your thyroid, and foods that harm it. You’ll also learn which medications work best, and which nutrients and supplements authentically work. Reclaim your life, start today.” Thyroid Healthy
When it’s the Thyroid that is the problme:
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Is it Your Thyroid?
Do your blood tests show the thyroid is normal, yet you have cold hands and feet? There is a case where the thyroid is producing thyroxin, but it is not being converted to a usable form. They body can only T3.
T4 is converted to T3 in the Liver. Thus, it may be that you have to address the functioning of the liver.
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