What is Thyroid Support?
The thyroid gland serves as the fuel center of the body, and governs the production of energy in every cell of our body. Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is a condition in which the thyroid is not producing sufficient quantities of thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common form of hypothyroidism, and is thought to be an autoimmune condition. In the past, low consumption of iodine was thought to be the main cause of hypothyroidism. Today, iodized table salt helps to reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency. A kelp supplement which contains iodine is commonly used when individuals do not consume adequate seafood or iodized salt. Hypothyroidism is more prevalent in women than men, and hormonal imbalances can also affect thyroid function. Hyperthyroidism, or Grave’s disease, is a condition in which the thyroid function is over active and it is also thought to be an autoimmune condition.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism can include fatigue, dry skin, constipation, hoarseness, thinning hair, brittle nails, weight gain, memory loss, cold hands and feet, and intolerance to cold among others. There is also a direct link between adrenal health and thyroid function. Daily stress and adrenal fatigue can have an adverse effect on thyroid function and overall energy levels. That is why treatment of thyroid dysfunction often involves utilizing herbal substances called adaptogens, which help to support the adrenal gland. By supporting the function of the adrenal gland, the thyroid gland also is better able to perform its function.
The main hormones produced by the thyroid are T-4 (levothyroxine) and T-3 (liothyronine). Key to proper thyroid function is the conversion of T-4 to the more active T-3 form. There are several nutrients such as zinc and selenium which help to encourage the conversion from T-4 to T-3.
So for individuals wishing to support the thyroid and improve thyroid function, the steps involved are:
- Ensure adequate iodine intake, which is necessary for thyroid function
- Utilize nutrients like zinc, selenium, and tyrosine to encourage conversion of T-4 to T-3
- Ensure that the adrenal glands are also supported
If you feel that you may have thyroid issues, we invite you to ask our pharmacist for effective recommendations to help support your thyroid function.
We stock only the best products in our thyroid support line, such as:
- Thyroid Support with Zinc
- Thyro Support™
- Kelp • Selenium