The Who, What, & Where of Thyroid
Do you know how important the thyroid gland is to the body? Do you know what thyroid problems include? You’ve probably heard thyroid mentioned here and there but the thyroid gland plays a major role in the health of the body. The thyroid gland is an organ about two inches long located at the base of the neck that releases hormones which help regulate metabolism. Metabolism is the way in which the body uses energy. The thyroid gland releases hormones that help regulate very important body functions such as: breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous system, body weight, muscle strength, menstrual cycles, body temperature, cholesterol levels and more.
The thyroid gland is a part of the endocrine system. According to Live Science, the endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones which regulate metabolism, growth, and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood. The thyroid gland uses iodine to produce two main hormones, triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). T3 and T4 are maintained by two glands in the brain known as the hypothalamus and pituitary. T3 and T4 need to be balanced so when their levels are too high or too low it can have serious effects on the body. Too much T3 and T4 (hyperthyroidism) can cause symptoms such as anxiety, irritability, nervousness, hyperactivity, sweating, hand trembling, hair loss, missed of light menstrual periods. Too little T3 and T4 (hypothyroidism) can cause symptoms such as trouble sleeping, tiredness, difficulty concentrating, dry skin and hair, depressions, sensitivity to cold temperature, frequent and heavy periods, joint and muscle pain.
Many symptoms involving thyroid imbalances are vague and can generally be passed off as something else. To help detect thyroid problems a few types of tests are used which include: Measurement of Serum Thyroid Hormones: T4 by RIA, Measurement of Serum Thyroid Hormones: T3 by RIA, Thyroid Binding Globulin, Measurement of Pituitary Production of TSH, TRH Test, Iodine Uptake Scan, Thyroid Scan, Thyroid Ultrasound, Thyroid Antibodies, Thyroid Needle Biopsy. While most doctors only use two tests for screening thyroid problems; 24/7 Labs provides five lab tests: T3 Free, T3 Uptake, T4 Free, T4 Uptake, Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). Through research 24/7 Labs has concluded these five lab tests to be the best in determining thyroid problems. These tests measure the levels of thyroid hormones in the blood. If you feel you may be having some thyroid problems, try these few tips to help improve your thyroid function and if there is no improvement come see us at 24/7Labs.
- Get eight to ten hours of sleep a night
- Eliminate all fluoride, chlorine, and bromide
- Eliminate stress (meditation, yoga)
- Change your diet
- Introduce a multivitamin into your daily routine
- Take a thyroid supplement
- Ensure your digestive system is functioning properly
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