7 Things To Help You Understand Your Thyroid


Most people wait to learn about their thyroid once they’ve gained weight or start to develop other symptoms.  Empower yourself to learn more about your body before it’s too late.

This butterfly-shaped gland that sits low on the front of the neck works as the thermostat of our body.  When not properly functioning, this gland can cause serious health problems and even death. In fact, about 1,890 deaths were registered in the U.S from thyroid cancer (1,060 women and 830 men), according to the American Cancer Society in 2014.

Here are 7 Things To Help You Understand Your Thyroid:

  1. Function
    The main function of the thyroid is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones control our metabolism, including how fast we burn calories and the speed of our heartbeats.

  2. Imbalances: Hypothyroidism
    ScaleWhenever we have too little or too much of these hormones our body sends us some signals. For example, when someone has low-thyroid it’s common to feel cold when other people don’t and gain weight, even when not eating more food.  The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's disease.  In people with Hashimoto's disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid.

  3. Symptoms
    Here’s a list of common symptoms of hypothyroidism:

    1. Constipation
    2. Muscle weakness
    3. Joint or muscle pain
    4. Feeling sad or depressed
    5. Feeling very tired
    6. Pale, dry skin
    7. Dry, thinning hair
    8. Slow heart rate
    9. Less sweating than usual
    10. A puffy face
    11. A hoarse voice
    12. More than usual menstrual bleeding

  4. Imbalances: Hyperthyroidism
    SleepWhen your thyroid gland is overactive it produces more hormones than your body needs, consequently, it’s common to have trouble sleeping and losing weight, even if you eat the same or more food. The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves' disease. Graves' disease is a problem with the immune system.

  5. Symptoms
    Here’s a list of common symptoms of hypothyroidism:

    1. Rapid or irregular heartbeat or pounding of your heart
    2. Feeling nervous or anxious
    3. Feeling irritable
    4. Trouble sleeping
    5. Trembling in your hands and fingers
    6. Increased sweating
    7. Feeling hot when other people do not
    8. Muscle weakness
    9. Diarrhea or more bowel movements than normal
    10. Fewer and lighter menstrual periods than normal
    11. Changes in your eyes that can include bulging of the eyes, redness, or irritation

  6. Classic Medical Treatments
    VitaminsDepending on the symptoms of your thyroid imbalances these are the most common ways to treat hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, the medical profession typically only treats the symptoms, unaware of the actual causes.

    1. Antithyroid medicines block your thyroid from making new thyroid hormone.
    2. Beta-blockers block the effects of thyroid hormone on your body, but don’t reduce the amount of thyroid hormones that are produced.
    3. Radioiodine. This treatment kills the thyroid cells that make thyroid hormones. Often, this causes permanent hypothyroidism.
    4. Surgery. Thyroid surgery removes most or all of the thyroid. This may cause permanent hypothyroidism.
    5. Last year, a thyroid medications recall made many people question their treatment and look for an alternative solution for hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

  7. Alternative Treatments
    FruitThe most effective, “do no harm” methods involve preventing, treating and detoxifying your body from toxins, chemicals, microbes etc. which help to restore hormone receptor sensitivity.  Most people who are looking for a safe and definitive solution to their thyroid imbalances choose a natural holistic approach. If you recall, most cases of either hypo or hyper thyroidism involves the immune system. Our immune systems have a tendency to go haywire when toxins accumulate in the body along with the massive, widespread nutritional deficiencies that are so common today.  This immune disruption leads to the body attacking itself in what we refer to as, “auto-immune”.

At PuraVida Wellness we only offer solutions that accommodate the needs of people who believe their bodies can heal and want to focus on removing the causative factors, “the bad stuff” and adding in what is missing, “the good stuff”.

We take a multifactorial approach and customize our recommendations based on each individual.

Essential OilsOur Natural Holistic Weight Loss program addresses nutritional deficiencies, allows the body to safely let go of accumulative toxins, thus combating inflammation in the body, which is the common thread to most illnesses and diseases.

Our True Cellular Detox™ program promotes deeper cleansing at a cellular level in three phases: 1. strengthen downstream detox pathways  2. remove toxins at the cellular level  3. move toxins from deeper tissue stores (i.e: brain) and clear deeper bio-accumulated neurotoxins that lead to most symptoms.

Our Science-Based Nutrition™ program can also help people with thyroid imbalances, through a patented blood, hair and urine analysis system. Using in-depth lab testing we are able to formulate nutritional protocols that support personal health transformations without the use of prescription drugs.

Aromatherapy offers great support when treating thyroid conditions naturally. When treating under-active thyroid, including Hashimoto’s and hypothyroidism here’s a list of the essences you should look for:

  • spearmint
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • clove
  • frankincense
  • myrrh
  • cedar-wood
  • rose geranium

These fragrances stimulate the secretion of hormones, activate the metabolism, and boost the immune system as they facilitate the circulation of blood flow.

When treating an overactive thyroid, including Hyperthyroidism and Grave’s we prefer these essential oils:

  • wintergreen
  • lemongrass
  • sandalwood
  • frankincense
  • myrrh
  • black spruce

These fragrances inspire calmness, relaxation, inner vision, concentration, and are sedatives that reduce fear, anxiety, restlessness, and stress.

Now that you know a bit more about how the thyroid functions, including the imbalances, symptoms, and treatments it’s time to take a look at your own health. If you related with at least three of the symptoms this article pointed out, you might want to consider visiting a doctor.

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