Green Tonic Recipe to Balance Hormones and Support Your Thyroid

by DailyHealthPost

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The thyroid is a gland in your neck that produces hormones (TS3 and TS4) responsible for growth and overall metabolism in every cell in your body. If trouble starts with your thyroid, therefore, there are implications for whole-body imbalance.

Over-production of thyroid hormones is known as hyperthyroidism; under-production or decreased effect of thyroid hormones on body tissues is hypothyroidism, which is the more common condition. The most common cause of an imbalance of thyroid hormones is an autoimmune condition, in which the body mistakes normal cells for foreign invaders and attacks them. (1)

Causes of Underactive Thyroid

The amount of hormones that the thyroid produces is regulated (in part) by the pituitary gland that sits in your head under your brain.

Hypothyroidism is often inherited, however, the increase of disorders of the thyroid worldwide suggests that there are other factors as well.

Carcinogens and toxic compounds in the environment, including exposure to radiation, have been identified as probable causes for thyroid dysfunction. (2)

The following conditions present higher risk for hypothyroidism:

  • family or personal history of autoimmune disease
  • women in the post-partum period
  • personal history of neck or head irradiation
  • primary pulmonary hypertension
  • Turner’s and Down syndromes
  • medications: amiodarone, interferon-alpha, aminoglutethimide, thalidomide, sunitinib, sorafenib and lithium
  • people over 65 years of age

Other causes of hypothyroidism:

  • Gland damage from surgery, radiation, atrophy
  • Iodine deficiency or excess (3)
  • Hypothalamic or pituitary disease (4)

Autoimmune disease is responsible for about ninety percent of adult hypothyroidism. (5) Thyroid dysfunction is one of the most common endocrine disorders worldwide, affecting four to twenty percent of the population, depending on the country. (6) It’s estimated that two hundred million people have some kind of thyroid disease and almost half of them don’t know it! (7)

Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders

Because the hormones secreted by the thyroid affect entire body metabolism, the symptoms of imbalance are diverse. Above-normal levels of thyroid hormones manifest much differently than low levels. Hyperthyroidism can lead to:

  • sensitivity to heat/feeling hot
  • excessive perspiration
  • disrupted sleep
  • cognitive issues: difficulty focusing and forgetfulness
  • loose or more frequent bowel movements
  • elevated heart rate and/or palpitations
  • anxiety, nervousness, irritability
  • unexplained weight loss
  • increased appetite
  • tremors in the hands and fingers
  • thinning of skin

As hypo- is the opposite of hyper-thyroidism, many of the symptoms are, too:

  • unexplained weight gain
  • cold intolerance
  • slowed heart rate, movements, and speech
  • constipation
  • decreased perspiration
  • pins and needles in the hands and/or feet
  • high cholesterol
  • puffy face, feet, and/or hands
  • balance and co-ordination issues
  • loss of libido
  • recurrent urinary and respiratory tract infections
  • hoarseness
  • thinned or missing eyebrows
  • hearing loss
  • anemia

Symptoms that can appear for either condition:

  • insomnia
  • dry skin
  • thin, brittle hair and/or fingernails
  • fatigue
  • joint and muscle pain, cramps, and weakness
  • menstrual irregularity

Children with an under-active thyroid can experience poor growth and delayed development. (8)

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