The thyroid gland, or simply the thyroid , is an endocrine gland in the neck, and consists of two lobes connected by an isthmus. It is found at the front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones, which primarily influence the metabolic rate and protein synthesis. The hormones also have many other effects including those on development.
The thyroid hormones T3 and T4 are synthesized from iodine and tyrosine. The thyroid also produces the hormone calcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.
1. Do not let stress control you
We all know chronic stress has a negative impact on our bodies, we just don’t always know how to fix it. Long term stress leads to elevated stress hormones produced by the adrenal glands, and our bodies respond with inflammation, disorders, and disease.
2. Do not ignore doctor visits
From your first visit to an endocrinologist, you can get a better understanding of the condition and begin to determine an appropriate thyroid treatment plan.
3. Not taking medications regularly
When you are hypothyroid, higher quantities of TSH are circulating in your blood as your body attempts to increase production of thyroid hormones. The reverse is true with hyperthyroidism, in which TSH levels are below normal and circulating thyroid-hormone levels are high.
4. Consuming raw vegetables
Some foods have been shown to be goitrogenic when they’re eaten in excess or if the person’s background intake of iodine is low. These are things like cassava, which is otherwise known as yuca, soy products; millet; sweet potatoes; cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, bok choy; and then most of the dark leafy greens like kale and collard greens.
5. Smoking cigarettes
tobacco smoke contains substances that affect the function of the thyroid. Studies show that smokers are more likely to have thyroid enlargement, and it is possible that mild thyroid enlargement in smokers could be a sign of subtle thyroid disturbance.
6. Consuming big quantities of soy
The potential effects of soy on the thyroid remains a controversial issue, one that shows no signs of being resolved in the near future.
7. Comparing any other symptoms with the thyroid gland.
Other symptoms that you have, pain, weight loss and so on, has nothing to do with the thyroid gland.
8. Taking any medications without consulting your doctor
Drugs can interfere with other drugs by blocking their action, or reducing their intended effect, or combine to cause other health problems, ranging from depression, GI symptoms, central nervous system disorders, and more. Be sure to inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription).