The thyroid gland is one of the largest endocrine glands. The
thyroid gland is found in the neck, below the thyroid cartilage
(which forms the laryngeal prominence, or "Adam's apple").
The thyroid gland controls how quickly the body uses energy, makes
proteins, and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones.
The thyroid gland participates in these processes by producing thyroid
hormones, the principal ones being triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine
which can sometimes be referred to as tetraiodothyronine (T4).
These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism and affect the growth
and rate of function of many other systems in the body. T3 and T4 are
synthesized from both iodine and tyrosine. The thyroid also produces
calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.
Hormonal output from the thyroid is regulated by thyroid-stimulating
hormone (TSH) produced by the anterior pituitary, which itself is
regulated by thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) produced by the hypothalamus.
The thyroid gland consists of two lobes at the base of the front of your neck.
The thyroid gland secretes hormones that control your metabolism.
The thyroid gland controls both physical and mental growth.
The thyroid gland prevents the buildup of calcium in your blood.
The thyroid gland is a very important gland and must neither be
underactive or overactive, because either condition can result in major problems.
A thyroid gland that is overactive results in hyperthyroidism, a common
form of which is an autoimmune disorder called Graves' disease. Some
symptoms of hyperthyroidism are weight loss, diarrhea, erratic heartbeat,
high pulse pressure and tremors.
The thyroid gland tends to weaken with age. However, a
nutritionally sound diet will help keep your thyroid healthy.
Iodine is an essential trace mineral crucial in the
functioning of the thyroid gland and thyroid hormones.
It is important to get adequate amounts of iodine in your diet
to ensure the proper functioning of the this vital gland which
controls much of our metabolism, detoxification, growth and development.
1. Sea vegetables
The ocean hosts the largest storehouse for iodine foods,
including Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame.
Kelp has the highest amount of iodine on the planet
and one serving offers 4 times more than a daily
1 T Kelp contains about 2000/mcg of iodine
1 t. Arame contains about 730/mcg of iodine
1 T. Hiziki contains about 780/mcg of iodine
1 inch piece of Kombu contains about 1450/mcg of iodine
1 T. Wakame contains about 80/mcg of iodine
This antioxidant rich fruit is another great source of iodine.
Organic fresh organic berries or juice are always your best source.
4 ounces of cranberries contain approximately 400/mcg of iodine
3. Organic Yogurt
Yogurt is a natural probiotic and an excellent iodine food.
1 cup of organic yogurt contains approximately 90/mcg of iodine
4. Organic Navy Beans
Navy beans are a great food source of iodine, also incredibly high in fiber.
1/2 cup Navy beans contain about 32/mcg of iodine
5. Organic Strawberries
Fresh, organic strawberries pack-up to 10%
of our daily iodine needs in a single serving.
1 cup of fresh strawberries has approximately 13/mcg of iodine
6. Himalayan Crystal Salt
This form of salt, also known as gray salt, is an excellent
source of naturally-occuring iodine.
1 Gram Himalayan salt contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine
7. Dairy products
Raw organic milk and cheese are good sources of iodine.
1 cup milk contains approximately 55/mcg
A potato is one of the richest sources of iodine in the vegetable kingdom.
1 medium-sized baked potato with the skin, holds 60/mcg of iodine
If you’re not a fan of the thyroid supportive foods listed above,
then you can always take a supplement. I use the following thyroid support supplements in my practice.
Thyromin is a
natural thyroid supplement that contains therapeutic grade essential oils that
have natural anti-inflammatory properties that support the thyroid and more.
Thyromin™ is a special blend of bovine glandular extracts, herbs, kelp, iodine, amino acids,
minerals, and therapeutic-grade essential oils in a perfectly balanced formula
that helps support the thyroid balance metabolism, reduce fatigue and support
the endocrine system and adrenal glands.
Standard Process Iodomere
Standard Process Prolamine Iodine
Standard Process Thyroid Complex
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