Thursday, July 20, 2017

Thyroid Health


The human thyroid gland Vile of human blood

General Information:

The thyroid gland, located just below the Adam’s apple, is an important gland in the endocrine system. This gland secretes two hormones, called Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are involved in the metabolism of almost all cells throughout the body. Over 90 percent of the thyroid hormone in the blood is T4 (inactive form) and only a very small part is T3 (active form). After circulation, T4 enters its target cells in the peripheral tissues, where it is converted into T3.

These hormones circulate in the blood while attached to special proteins such as the Thyroid Binding Protein (TBG) and in lesser amounts to other proteins such as Albumin and pre-Albumin. Therefore, they can be transported into the blood without being broken down by the liver. Once the thyroid hormones are attached to these proteins they are called “bound hormones.” In order for a thyroid hormone to be used by a cell it must be detached from the protein carrier, and is then called a “free-fraction hormone.”

Thyroid hormones affect every cell of the body; therefore, maintaining a healthy thyroid function is essential to overall health. The thyroid needs key nutrients to assist its normal and healthy functions. Many times, the healthy operation of the thyroid is dependent on other systems or organs in the body such as the immune system, adrenals, and hormones.

Many external factors such as stress, and dietary habits may also play a role in thyroid function.

Health and Wellness Strategies:

An effective strategy to support your health may have many facets such as:

  • Dietary recommendations
  • Lifestyle changes and stress management suggestions
  • Supporting healthy function of the adrenals using appropriate nutrients
  • Supporting healthy thyroid function using appropriate nutrients
  • Specifically targeted antioxidant support
  • Increasing Total Body Antioxidant Capacity using appropriate nutrients
  • Appropriate detoxification program
  • Others

Your blood test can help your healthcare provider plan an appropriate strategy, reveal the need for certain nutrients and cofactors necessary for healthy thyroid function, and individualize an appropriate regimen of dietary and lifestyle recommendations with supportive dietary supplements.

Specific formulas, guided by the latest scientific research, have been designed to support the thyroid health as it relates to nutritional needs. Your health practitioner will advise you on the most appropriate formulas for your nutritional strategies.

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