Thyroid 

The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck that is responsible for producing certain hormones. It is responsible for our entire metabolism, if its activity slows down, symptoms can affect the whole body: fatigue, coldness, bloating, fertility problems, memory problems, edema, difficulty losing weight, constipation, depression, etc.

  • The diseases

It is estimated that 200 million people worldwide are affected by some form of thyroid disease and that women are affected 5 to 7 times more than men. These diseases include Basedow’s disease, thyroiditis, benign or cancerous nodule, goiter, etc. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are the most common. They are diagnosed by palpation of the neck and a blood test according to the symptoms.

  • What affects our thyroid?

Stress, a low-calorie diet, pollution, contraception, deficiencies, immunity problems, etc. can all cause a thyroid disorder. All of these can cause a thyroid disorder.

  • Treatment

Medicinal treatments can be prescribe to control its activity, in case of doubt, talk to your GP.

Naturopaths and dieticians can also help by suggesting a diet that supports thyroid activity.
Many foods provide essential nutrients for thyroid hormone production and action at the cell receptor level. To name but a few:

Selenium: Brazil nuts, goji berry, calf’s liver. Red meat, mackerel, oysters, mussels, eggs
Zinc: oysters, offal, red meat, egg yolk, raw cocoa, pumpkin seeds, oats, cheese, wholemeal bread
Iodine: shellfish, sea fish, algae, eggs. Shellfish, cod liver oil, dairy products (yogurt, Emmental)

 

This information is not a substitute for medical advice. You must seek the advice of your doctor or another qualified health professional with any questions you may have regarding your health condition.

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