What do cold hands and feet,low body temperature, sensitivity to cold, a feeling of always being chilled, headaches, insomnia, dry skin, puffy eyes, hair loss, brittle nails, joint aches, constipation, mental dullness, fatigue, frequent infections, hoarse voice, ringing in the ears, dizziness, loss of libido, and weight gain all have in common? The Thyroid.
According to statistics from the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) and other medical organizations, approximately thirteen million Americans suffer from some type of thyroid disorder; however, many experts believe the actual numbers are twice that due to the cases of undiagnosed and “subclinical” thyroid disorders.
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located on the front side of the lower neck. It releases hormones that are used by every cell in your body to regulate metabolism. This has a profound effect on a person’s weight by controlling the burning of fat for energy and heat. This is why people with hypothyroidism often feel cold, experience unexplained weight gain, and have trouble losing weight. On the other side for the spectrum, people with hyperthyroidism often experience unexplained weight loss, uncontrollable sweating, and a higher heart rate. With nearly two out of every three Americans being overweight, the link between the health of one’s thyroid and the size of their waist should be investigated.1
So, what causes the thyroid to shut down or overproduce? Why did the thyroid work well one day and then begin to shut down? There are many different things that put significant stress on your thyroid. Toxicity from bromine, phytoestrogens from soy products, fluoridated water, environmental toxins, artificial ingredients in food, or not enough iodide in the diet have been shown through research to interfere with thyroid health. These factors are incredibly common and so is the disease. Therefore, doing all you can to stop or reverse them are essential to trying to reach optimal thyroid health.2
Like many of today’s common dysfunctions and diseases, you must take a whole health approach. Certainly, just taking a medication isn’t the answer. While you may artificially boost thyroid hormone, you haven’t tackled the underlying causes that lead to the problem in the first place. The result, while sufferers may get some relief from thyroid medication, it’s rare to see someone take the medications and feel truly well. Often the problem is still the same or worse as a synthetic drug at a varied dose isn’t going to balance these important hormones out.
By looking at the 5 Essentials you address whole health. Start at Essential #2 and look at the nervous system. Classic forward head posture or loss of the cervical curve damage to those nerves that connect to the thyroid. From there, you’ve got to address Essential #3, nutrition and Essential #5, –Minimized toxins. Do this and you’re bound to see improvements.