I enjoy sharing my life lessons with you all so that perhaps it may help you in your venture toward body awareness. This particular blog is about a condition I am currently experiencing. I am working through a condition called hypothyroidism. The importance of our thyroid glad is becoming a daily experience for me. It is a truly important gland in the human body. If you know this already, I am thrilled that you do. If not, however, it is important that you read up on the function of this tiny glad as it affects hundreds of thousands of people and it manifests in our daily activities.
The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. This glad is rather small, however, it plays an important role in our body. The thyroid influences the functions of many of our body’s most important organs, like the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. The proper functioning of this glad is vitally important to the body's overall well-being. It also plays a vital role in the metabolism of our body's.
Surprisingly enough, thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease. It is a fact of life for as many as 30 million Americans. Women are five times more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism.
Many see the change in body weight due to an improperly balanced thyroid but are not aware of the other parts of the body that it affects. Without getting too scientific, here is the basic process.
How your thyroid works:
The basal metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories required by the body at rest, is determined by two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Theses hormones are thyroxine or T4, and triiodothyronine, or T3.
Your thyroid is much like a car engine that sets the pace at which your body operates. Just as a car needs gas for energy, your thyroid needs fuel to produce thyroid hormone and this fuel is known as iodine. Iodine comes from your diet and is found in iodized table salt, seafood, bread and milk.
Common thyroid malfunctions:
-When outside influences such as disease, damage to the thyroid or certain medicines break down communication, your thyroid might not produce enough hormone. This slows down all of your body’s functions, a condition known as
hypothyroidism or under-active thyroid.
-Your thyroid could also produce too much hormone sending your systems into overdrive. This condition is known as hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid.
How important is my thyroid?
The thyroid hormone controls virtually every cell, tissue and organ in our body's. If your thyroid is not functioning properly, neither are you. Anything from depression to sporadic energy highs and lows to freezing cold appendages and acute fatigue can be spurred by thyroid imbalances.
In closing, on a personal level I knew something was very wrong with my body due to my acute awareness of energy cycles. Mine felt extremely off and dramatically different then last year. If you feel like something is physically off on a daily bases, chances are you're going through some sort of hormonal change. It may be nothing at all, however, it's always better to get it checked as life is short and feeling good is paramount.
Here's to being aware of your body and feeling great!