The main hormone produced by the thyroid gland is thyroxine, which increases metabolism and regulates growth and development.
There are a number of different thyroid conditions that can affect the normal functions of the thyroid gland. For example, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Hashimoto’s, thyroiditis, goiters, Grave’s disease, and cancer.
An under active thyroid, or hypothyroidism can be caused by a deficiency of iodine in the diet or by Hashimoto’s disease, which is an autoimmune condition that causes the immune system to attack the thyroid gland. Some experts believe that Hashimoto’s may also be caused by a lack of iodine as some cases of Hashimoto’s has successfully been treated with iodine.
Hypothyroidism is a major cause of all disease. Even though blood tests may indicate that the thyroid is normal, eighty percent of Americans suffer from an underactive thyroid.
Symptoms include fatigue, increased sensitivity to cold, course hair and hair loss, swollen face, swollen eyes, swollen tongue, swollen legs, weight gain, goiter, irregular or heavy menses, fatigue, depression, memory loss, brain fog, slowed thinking and mental activity, hoarseness, muscle weakness, muscle aching and cramping, poor appetite, dry and rough skin, eczema, candida, diabetes, constipation, arthritis and cancer.
Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid can be caused by a condition known as Graves’ disease, inflammation of the thyroid gland (known as thyroiditis), or by tumors that also secrete thyroid hormones.
Cysts in the thyroid gland can also cause lumps or nodules. A small number of thyroid nodules are the result of thyroid cancer, however most thyroid nodules do not cause symptoms, and most do not produce thyroid hormone.
Someone with hyperthyroidism has to be careful about taking iodine because iodine tends to increase the production of thyroxine. I have read reports where people have recovered from Graves’ disease by taking very small doses of elemental or nascent iodine and gradually increasing over time, but I can’t recommend it because there could be some risk involved and I could be held liable if something happened.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism include nervousness, tremor, agitation, irritability, poor concentration, reduced menstrual blood flow in women, racing heartbeat or palpitations, heat intolerance, changes in bowel habits, such as more frequent bowel movements, enlargement of the thyroid gland, thinning of skin, brittle hair, increase in appetite, feeling hungry and excessive sweating.
The two most important minerals needed to keep the thyroid healthy and functioning properly are copper and iodine. ShopFreeMart has perhaps the finest copper and iodine (Pure Copper Concentrate & PureDine) products on the market and their prices are hard to beat, due to their purity and concentration.
Potassium iodide is the typical type of iodine given to treat iodine deficiencies. This is not the proper isoform of iodine and must be converted to iodine by sodium/iodide symporters in the body and most people are not capable of converting enough iodide to iodine to supply the body’s needs. Furthermore, ingesting more potassium iodide than the body can convert to iodine can cause iodine toxicity.
ShopFreeMart PureDine is pure elemental iodine; the isoform of iodine that the body needs and recognizes. It does not need to be converted to another form in order to be utilized. And, not only does your thyroid need a daily supply of iodine, but every cell of your body has iodine receptors and they require iodine for proper cell metabolism.
Take temperature under the arm for 10 minutes while still in bed in morning. If below 98.4 then think about the thyroid.
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