|This blog thanks to Tracy, New York.|
The thyroid gland is located near the base of the neck. It is one of the largest endocrine glands and controls (through the production of thyroid hormone) how quickly the body burns energy and makes proteins.
- Hypothyroidism -- An underactive thyroid.
- Hyperthyroidism -- An overactive thyroid.
- Goiter -- An enlarged thyroid.
- Thyroid Nodules -- Lumps in the thyroid gland.
- Thyroid Cancer -- Malignant thyroid nodules or tissue.
- Thyroiditis -- Inflammation of the thyroid.
Some signs to know if you have thyroid issues are if you have aches and pains in your muscles and joints, carpal tunnel, swelling in the neck, hair loss or hair becomes brittle and dry, skin becomes thick dry or scaly, bowel challenges like constipation, irritable bowel and diarrhea, menstrual irregularities or fertility problems.
- Hold the mirror so that you can see the area of your neck just below the Adam's apple and right above the collarbone. This is the general location of your thyroid gland.
- Tip your head back, while keeping this view of your neck and thyroid area in your mirror.
- Take a drink of water and swallow.
- As you swallow, look at your neck. Watch carefully for any bulges, enlargement, protrusions, or unusual appearances in this area when you swallow.
- Repeat this process several times.
- If you see any bulges, protrusions, lumps or anything that appears unusual, see your doctor right away. You may have an enlarged thyroid, or a thyroid nodule, and your thyroid should be evaluated.
- Don't get your Adam's apple confused with your thyroid gland. The Adam's Apple is at the front of your neck, the thyroid is further down, and closer to your collarbone.
Some possible causes are heavy metal poisoning (especially mercury), exposure to radiation, adrenal fatigue, food allergies and celliac disease.
What are the ‘suggested’ medications?
They include surgery, hormone replacement drugs, and radiation. Levothyroxine is the suggested pharmaceutical drug to take reccomened by the FDA – but they also come with many side effects including weight loss, tremor, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, nervousness, irritability, insomnia, excessive sweating, increased appetite, fever, changes in menstrual cycle, sensitivity to heat, temporary hair loss, particularly in children during the first month of therapy, chest pain (angina) and rapid or irregular heartbeat or pulse. Sounds like taking a drug like that increases more diseases in the body!
Eat less goitrogenic foods that include Brussels sprouts, rutabaga, turnips, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, soy millet and kale. Goitrogens are naturally occurring thyroid inhibiting substances found in these foods.
Eat gluten free foods and a majority of raw foods.
Use bentonite clay – drink 1 teaspoon in water daily. Also use it as a clay mask and smooth it over the neck and allow it to absorb all toxins. Available for purchase at THE EARTH DIET WEBSITE.
Iodine -- Kelp is rich in iodine and is affordable. There used to be plenty of iodine in vegetables and fruits but the soil is very iodine depleted in most areas today. Foods that contain iodine are organic eggs, meat, fish and other seafood, parsley, potatoes, himalayan salt, navy beans, and gluten free oats.
Bladderwrack -- Bladderwrack is a seaweed that is a rich source of iodine. Traditionally it has been used for weight loss and hypothyroidism. It also contains the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, etc. Bladderwrack is thought to stimulate the thyroid gland increasing metabolism.
Coconut Oil - Most of the oils that we use to cook food and those used in commercially-prepared foods also have a negative affect on the thyroid. These are known as polyunsaturated or vegetable oils. They may in fact be the worst villains in the spread of thyroid diseases. Diseases of the endocrine system (thyroid) are mostly caused due to production disorders that lead to inadequacy or excess of hormones or inappropriate response to hormones by tissues. Unsaturated fats inhibit tissue response to thyroid hormones. The benefits of coconut oil are seen in the merger of similar functions. The thyroid hormones are mainly responsible for metabolic activity in the body. Coconut oil also promotes metabolism. The fusion of the two work to the benefit of the body and help in maintaining optimum metabolic rate. To explain it in simple words, coconut oil serves as high octane fuel for the internal combustion engine in the car. An efficient fuel (coconut oil) makes the car (thyroid) perform better and last longer. Swallow 2 tablespoons of organic extra virgin coconut oil daily or use it in salads or cooking.