How to Maintain a Healthy Thyroid

There are two main things you can do that can help maintain healthy thyroid gland function, including information on diet, the function of L-tyrosine on the thyroid gland amd more:

Eat well. A healthy, well balanced diet is your first line of defense in supporting a healthy thyroid. All adults need iodine to support the thyroid. If you have a good diet, you are almost certainly getting your needed amount of iodine. Avoiding excess sugar in the form of simple carbohydrates and reducing your intake of high saturated fats also helps as these foods put stress on the thyroid.

Increasing physical activity. Staying active helps prevent you from becoming overweight. Being overweight also creates additional stress on the thyroid.

What the Thyroid Needs for Proper Function

L-tyrosine is an amino acid that is used by the thyroid, along with iodine, to activate the T3 and T4 hormones. Iodine (naturally derived from kelp), along with L-tyrosine, is essential to the normal, healthy function of the thyroid gland.

Important to the structure of almost every protein molecule in the body, L-tyrosine attaches itself to iodine atoms to form active thyroid hormones. Supplementation of L-tyrosine helps with stress and promotes good sleep. It also aids in the production of melanin (the pigment that gives color to hair and skin) and in the function of the adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands.

Kelp is a type of seaweed and can be eaten raw, but is typically used in a powdered form as a dietary supplement. It is an excellent source of natural iodine.

Together with these two nutrients L-tyrosine and kelp - proteins from other endocrine glands work to support the thyroid. These include the adrenal, thymus, and pituitary. Without the assistance of these glands, and the hormones they produce, the entire thyroid function would be disrupted. The pituitary gland produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) when T3 and T4 levels drop too low. Once the thyroid hormone levels rise, the pituitary reduces its TSH production. The adrenal glands maintain salt levels (crucial to proper thyroid function) in the blood, and help maintain blood pressure. A somewhat forgotten gland, the thymus is a central figure in the immune system and some phases of metabolism. These glands work in concert to assure proper thyroid hormone function.

Further thyroid support can be found in natural progesterone (derived from yams). This hormone works with the thyroid to regulate mood, body temperature, fluid retention and energy. It also helps stimulate thyroid activity and increases the effectiveness of thyroid hormones. The use of natural progesterone can be useful to women.



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