By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
Your thyroid gland plays a vital role in controlling your weight, maintaining your energy levels, keeping your immune system strong and boosting your mood. It struggles to cope with the overload of toxins and pollution which have become a constant in our environment these days.
No one organ in your body functions independently of the others, and this is very much the case with the thyroid gland. The health of your liver, adrenal glands, immune system and reproductive system all affect the function of your thyroid gland. Your thyroid gland should be treated holistically, whereby your diet, lifestyle and other health conditions are addressed – otherwise your thyroid hormone levels may be normal, but you will still feel far from well.
Conventional medicine treats thyroid conditions by either supplementing with thyroid hormone if the gland is underactive, or destroying or removing the thyroid if it is overactive. Did you know that changing your diet and using nutritional and herbal medicine can help you greatly if your thyroid is problematic? It is important to remember that correcting your thyroid hormone levels is just one part of your health solution – it does nothing to address why the thyroid condition developed in the first place.
If you always feel a bit off or unwell, you may have a thyroid problem. It is estimated that one in 20 people will experience a thyroid disorder in their lifetime; this figure is one in 14 for women. Thyroid disorders are very common in the third and fourth decades of life, and after the age of sixty.
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