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The Thyroid Gland and Degenerative Diseases

Did you know that there is a common denominator between low thyroid function better known as hypothyroidism and degenerative diseases? There is another common denominator between low adrenal function secondary to stress and degenerative diseases. Now who of us in this day and age do not have stress of one form or another in our lives.

Dr. Barnes a noted researcher in thyroid dysfunction stated that 40% of the population has low thyroid function. There are many potential reasons for being hypothyroid. Mercury from fillings in the mouth may have an adverse effect and contribute to the thyroids under-functioning. Chlorine and fluoride, often found in ordinary drinking water, poison the thyroid gland.

Bromine which is commonly found in breads and soft drinks like Gatorade and Mountain Dew, is harmful not only to ones thyroid function but also may contribute to aggressive behavior and gastrointestinal problems. Chlorine, fluoride and bromine are all in the same chemical family (halogens) as iodine that is the key mineral for the thyroid. They compete with iodine and impair hormone production. Did you know that there is a common denominator between low thyroid function better known as hypothyroidism and degenerative diseases? There is another common denominator between low adrenal function secondary to stress and degenerative diseases. Now who of us in this day and age do not have stress of one form or another in our lives.

It is amazing how many health problems, as well as weight management issues, can be traced to an improperly functioning thyroid gland. Here is a easy test to check the functioning of your thyroid:Take your underarm temperature on five different mornings. Do this by placing a thermometer at your bedside tonight. Place it under your arm for 10 minutes immediately upon awakening (before moving around or getting out of bed). Do this for 5 consecutive days. If the average temperature is under 97.8, consider finding a doctor that understands how the thyroid gland functions in a deficiency state and get treatment. A healthy thyroid can make a HUGE difference in your life!

The list of symptoms that can result from an abnormally functioning thyroid gland is vast. Here are some of the symptoms related to a under functioning thyroid gland: Constant fatigue; muscles stiffness in the a.m., morning dizziness/nausea, motion sickness, wrinkly/puffy skin, heart misses beats, night coughs/cramps, pulse under 65,outer 1/3 eyebrows thin, bothered by cold weather, lack of concentration, ringing in ears, sleeplessness, poor memory, lack of motivation, morning headaches, heart pounds after sleeping, neuralgia, constipation, difficulty losing weight, and cold sweats.

To support your thyroid, get plenty of iodine, trace minerals, calcium and magnesium. It is also very important to reduce your stress levels. Good ways to do that are via exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to your favorite type of music and basically taking time to take care of yourself on a daily basis. A good healthy diet consisting of fresh vegetables, a good source of protein, and a limited amount of grains.

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