The Thyroid: A Tiny Gland With a Big Role

January 22, 2020

 

Our bodies have amazing organs with tremendous capabilities for preserving our health. The thyroid - a two-inch butterfly- shaped endocrine gland is one of our most important health regulators. 

 

 

 

 

So, where is the thyroid? It is located at the base of the neck, just below the Adam's apple. The thyroid takes essential nutrients including iodine, selenium, and zinc and converts them into hormones in our bodies. 

 

The thyroid hormones give us energy; control our heart rate; regulate whether we are hot or cold; and bolster our muscles. They manage our cholesterol levels. Those hormones play a role in women's menstrual cycles and make our nervous systems function properly. They help us manage our weight and control every breath we take. They also contribute to whether we have healthy hair, skin, nails, and how we feel, our moods, and anxiety levels. Those hormones also make sure our digestive systems and even our brains function properly! So, essentially that tiny organ manages everything that helps keep us healthy. 

 

Thyroid hormone imbalances are ten times more likely to show up in women than they do in men. 

In fact, 1 in 8 women develop a thyroid disorder in her lifetime. 

About  60% of Americans suffer from thyroid issues and don't even know it! 

If you notice changes in your health be sure to let your physician know. Keep track of every symptom you are experiencing, so  the doctor can make sure that your thyroid is functioning properly.

 

Symptoms of Potential Thyroid Problems

  • Nervousness, tremor, agitation,

  • Irritability,

  • Poor concentration,

  • Reduced menstrual blood flow in women,

  • Racing heartbeat or palpitations,

  • Heat intolerance,

  • Changes in bowel habits, such as more frequent bowel movements,

  • Enlargement of the thyroid gland,

  • Skin thinning,

  • Brittle hair,

  • Increase in appetite, feeling hungry, and/or

  • Sweating.

As always BMI Wellness Concepts wants to make sure you

GET WELL, BE WELL, AND STAY WELL.

 

 

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