January 2022 - Thyroid Support
The thyroid gland serves as the fuel center and energy regulator for every cell in our bodies. Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is a condition in which the thyroid is not producing sufficient quantities of thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common form of hypothyroidism and is thought to be an autoimmune condition. In the past, low consumption of iodine was thought to be the main cause of hypothyroidism.While iodized table salt helps to reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency, many individuals also use a kelp supplement, which contains iodine, to ensure adequate iodine availability to the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism is more prevalent in women than in men and hormonal imbalances can have a major impact on thyroid function. Hyperthyroidism, or Graves’ disease, is a condition in which thyroid function is overactive and is also thought to be an autoimmune condition.The main hormones produced by the thyroid gland are T-4 (levothyroxine) and T-3 (liothyronine). The key to healthy thyroid function and energy regulation is the effective conversion of the less active T-4 hormone form to the more active T-3 hormone form. Nutrients that have been found helpful in aiding this conversion are iodine, zinc and selenium.