Most of us know that the thyroid gland is and where it is located. This ductless gland is in our neck and releases hormones for controlling metabolism. But what we don’t know is that it also plays a role in the regulation of other bodily functions such as heart rate, central/peripheral nervous systems, breathing, body weight, muscular strength, temperature, menstrual cycles, cholesterol and much more. (Endocrine Web)
This gland works by absorbing iodine from our blood for making the hormones. The two most important of these hormones are thyroxine and triiodothyronine. If the level of these hormones increases beyond limit, they can cause the following problems:
- Hair loss
- Menstrual period disorders (missing periods or light periods)
On the other hand, if these hormones are not produced in sufficient amounts, it can cause the following problems:
- Dryness of hair and skin
- Problem with concentration
- Cold sensitivity
- Heavier periods
- Pain in the muscles or joints
A big problem you have to be concerned about is thyroid cancer. it is growing at a very fast pace in the United States (As per the American Cancer Society).
According to health experts, the additional levels of chemical compounds in processed foods are the reason behind these growing cases of thyroid cancer. The role of thyroid is to absorb these chemicals along with iodine and this increases the toxic level and causes cancer.
Similar to breast cancer, you can check for thyroid cancer yourself. The following tips will help you conduct this “neck check”. Make sure to do this once a month:
- Get in front of a mirror
- Touch all around your neck with your fingers
- When you have healthy thyroids you cannot feel them between your throat and neck muscles. You can find it above the collarbone and under the voice box (larynx).
- Now focus your eyes on this part of the neck and look at the mirror.
- Tip your head back slowly.
- Now take a big sip of water.
- Ntoice any kind of moving or non-moving bumps in the area.
If you notice something, you should immediately go and see your doctor.
Source: David Wolfe