Has your “get up and go” got up and gone? The reason may be an under-active thyroid.
As you probably know, the thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits below your Adam’s apple. It secretes hormones that are essential to growth and metabolism. Hormones regulate the body’s inner activity.
Thyroid hormones are essential for metabolism and the proper development of all cells in the human body. These hormones regulate fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism, providing essential warmth to the body.
An under-performing thyroid, or hypothyroidism, can cause these metabolic functions to slow down. Typical symptoms of a thyroid that aren’t working effectively are a drop in energy levels, increased fatigue, depression, weight gain, hair loss, dry skin, and an inability to keep warm.
“It’s the kind of fatigue where you’re still tired in the morning after a full night’s sleep; that’s a clue that you’re not simply sleep deprived; your thyroid may be underactive.” Robin Miller, MD, co-author of “The Smart Woman’s Guide to MidLife & Beyond.”
Why would the thyroid under-perform?
Either the thyroid gland cannot draw enough iodine from the bloodstream, vital in its role in the body, or the gland itself becomes under attack.
Lack of iodine — the thyroid gland needs iodine to produce thyroid hormones. The thyroid gland extracts iodine from the bloodstream. If it cannot get enough iodine, the thyroid gland may become larger so it can trap more iodine — this is a medical condition called “goitre.”
Under attack — here, as with other autoimmune diseases, the body starts to attack itself, not being able to distinguish between healthy and harmful substances in its cells.
A closer look at iodine
The thyroid gland produces two primary hormones — thyroxine (also called T4) and triiodothyronine (also called T3). The numbers three and four refer to atoms of iodine in the hormones.
An under-active thyroid releases too little T4 and T3 into the bloodstream, causing the metabolism to slow down too much. (An overactive thyroid releases too much T4 and T3 into the bloodstream, causing the metabolism to speed up too much.)
What is affecting the supply?
The scientific community now realizes the extent to which toxins are beginning to interfere with absorption of daily essential minerals, especially iodine. For example, toxic compounds such as fluoride, bromide, and chlorine found in our food and water today, have a similar structure as iodine and inhibit iodine absorption, which affects the proper functioning of your thyroid.
As your body becomes more acidic and accumulates toxic substances, your brain is not functioning effectively; neither is your nervous system. Science and medicine are now realizing that many people are suffering from depression, anxiety, and exhaustion because of high levels of acidity and heavy metals. Is it any surprise that they are also experiencing low functioning thyroids? They literally can’t think straight. They don’t sleep well. Their nervous system is affected, as well as their immune system, other glands, and organs.
“I came to the conclusion that the toxicity of modern life must be impacting iodine levels. Because of the elevated levels of toxic halides in the environment and the food supply, iodine levels have not only fallen, but larger amounts of iodine are necessary to correct iodine deficiency as well as to promote a detoxifying effect of heavy metals.” Dr. David Brownstein, MD of “Iodine, Why you need it and why you can’t do without it.”
Building blocks of your body at risk
When your energy and health decline, it weakens your cells’ ability to cleanse effectively. The waste content that your cells need to dispose of becomes trapped and begins to accumulate faster. The result is that you gain more weight and cannot seem to lose any, no matter what diet you use.
While you are still acidic and toxic, you cannot lose weight. Your body’s protective forces are at work, keeping your excess acids and toxic substances in your fat cells. Your body’s wisdom knows that it needs this vital storage space to safeguard your organs and glands, such as your thyroid, against toxic poisons.
Iodine – a failing resource?
Iodine is a mineral, essential to all our cells, not just to the thyroid. Of particular concern is the discovery that fluoride, for example, is more toxic to the body if there is an iodine deficiency already present.
Key facts about iodine:
Iodine is essential to energy production, hormone reception, and membrane transport (improving rates of cellular detoxification and nutrient assimilation).
In the last 30 years, iodine levels in both soils and people have decreased by 50%.
Iodine deficiency is now linked to toxicity, obesity, cognitive impairment, heart disease, psychiatric disorders, and various forms of cancer.
For men, iodine deficiency has been linked to prostate cancer. For women, iodine deficiency has been linked to endometriosis, fibrocystic breast disease, and breast cancer.
Threats to iodine
Mercury is a particularly dangerous thyroid poison. Rainfall now includes traces of mercury, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere. Nuclear radiation, mercury, and other heavy metals are especially toxic to the thyroid.
Do you have, or have you had “silver fillings,” in your teeth? These are made of 50% mercury. The thyroid sits just below the jaw-line — is it any surprise that many people with amalgam fillings also have low functioning thyroids?
Helping your thyroid to rejuvenate
Your thyroid needs to operate at peak performance levels. It functions well when you feel your energy levels are on the rise, sustaining you all day long, and allowing you to manage without artificial stimulants, such as caffeine.
For your thyroid to function well, clear the internal toxic clutter through detoxification. Unless you do this, your old, toxic, and mutated cells will simply poison your new cells. However, the good news is that when you do detoxify, you can free yourself from toxins, creating new, healthy cells.
Once your thyroid cells become clean and free from toxic interference, they can function properly and affect your entire body positively. They can absorb essential minerals such as iodine … and purify themselves of toxic substances; namely, the toxic compounds: chlorine, fluoride, and bromide.
Clean thyroid cells create new healthy cells with high levels of energy.
When you are clean internally, you can begin to think more clearly; you experience a more alert, alive, aware, and awake brain. Your organs and glands, including the thyroid, function better because your cells are clean and have returned to an optimal healing capability — in essence, your body rejuvenates.
You can now experience an increase in your energy levels — a sure sign is that you want to get up in the morning!
To read about how accumulating toxicity can also impact your ability to stay warm, see “Keeping warm, naturally”
For more about the connection between toxin accumulation, an overburdened body, and depression, see “Overcoming depression – the natural way”