shutterstock_68774518 It’s not one of the most talked about parts of the human body, but the thyroid gland is every bit as important to living a healthy and active life as the heart, liver and kidneys. Located in the neck and shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid gland produces a hormone that plays a critical role in the body’s metabolism. It helps people turn food into muscle and energy. It helps people digest food properly. It helps with emotional health. And without a properly functioning thyroid gland, everyday activities including getting out of bed, walking and even sleeping can become difficult—and people are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, depression and even hair loss. Unfortunately, many people have never heard of the thyroid gland. Even worse, it’s estimated that millions of people in the U.S. have a thyroid condition that causes their gland not to function properly—and they don’t know it. Luckily, there are things people can do to ensure that their thyroid is functioning, prevent themselves from developing a thyroid condition and, if need be, compensate for any problems they have. Signs of a thyroid condition Because the thyroid gland plays such a pivotal role in a person’s health, issues with nearly every part of the body can be a sign of a thyroid condition. For example, muscle and joint pain including carpal tunnel and tendonitis could be a symptom of a thyroid problem. So can hair loss and excessively dry skin, digestive problems and menstrual issues, chronic fatigue, and dramatic and unexplained weight changes. While each of these health issues could be unrelated to a thyroid condition, are also signs of a thyroid problem—especially if a person experiences several of them at the same time. Preventing thyroid conditions Luckily, there are things people can do to protect themselves from developing a thyroid condition. Naturally, there are some reasons that are beyond people’s control that cause their thyroid glands to stop working properly, such as heredity. But many of the causes of thyroid problems are avoidable. For example, smoking tobacco damages thyroid glands. Fluoride commonly found in municipal tap water has been shown to cause issues with the thyroid gland. So has too much soy, salt and stress. Naturally, then, some of the best ways people can protect themselves from developing a thyroid conditions are to stop smoking cigarettes or cigars, drink bottled water that does not include fluoride, cut down on salt and soy, and find ways to relax. One thing every doctor does tell their patients—regardless of the reason for the checkup—is that exercise is good. And that holds true for preventing thyroid conditions, too. Not only is it essential for a person’s physical health, but it is also a great way to relax.

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Treating a thyroid condition

Many doctors won’t tell their patients this, but it is possible for people to correct their thyroid problems without expensive prescription medication. Many experts agree that, once the issue with the thyroid gland is confirmed, a heavy and consistent dose of natural supplements can help. In short, this means getting serious and being highly intentional about ingesting vitamins and minerals. It means taking a lot of iodine, zinc, vitamin D, Vitamin E, antioxidants, amino acids and essential fats. Taking multivitamins can help, but it’s important to supplement them with specific vitamins—A and D—and essential fatty acids. One of the best, and most easily digested, ways to accomplish this is by finding supplements in a powder form. The thyroid gland is important to nearly everything a person does. It is worth taking the right steps to keep it healthy.  To learn more about what may be causing your thyroid condition, download our FREE REPORT and diagnose your thyroid symptoms, or schedule an ASSESSMENT with one of our physicians TODAY!