A causative factor in weight gain can be a sluggish or low thyroid. Often called the “master gland” or “power control center,’’ the thyroid is vital because of its interactions with other glands. It is also involved in sexual development and maturity.
What the Thyroid Does
The thyroid secretes two hormones that influence the rate and processes of basic body metabolism and physical growth. There are two types of metabolism: catabolic and anabolic. In catabolic metabolism, the body is in the process of breaking down tissues, cells and substances. These substances are simplified in their structure to speed up elimination and release energy. In anabolic metabolism, the exact opposite process is taking pace. New material is being created and nutrients are drawn from the blood into the cells to repair and grow new cells. The chemicals in the blood are used in the process of converting chemicals into parts of living cells.
The Key is Nourishment
Here are the nutrients I use to nourish and support the thyroid gland:
- Chromium. Can stimulate thyroid activity to initiate the mobilization of fat reserves for energy production.
- Manganese. Is needed for the formation of thyroxin, a constituent of the thyroid gland.
- Vitamin B-6. Is involved in nourishing the adrenal glands, and in metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
- Kelp. Contains iodine, in addition to other substances. The iodine nourishes the thyroid, parathyroid, pineal and pituitary, as it is a part of the building blocks of the thyroid hormone.
- Tyrosine. This amino acid plays an integral role in proper functioning of the adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands. It is another of the building blocks of the thyroid hormones.
- Bladderwrack. Another form of kelp, bladderwrack is a sea vegetable that provides iodine.
If you feel cold, sluggish or tired you may want to feed your thyroid and adrenal glands. How are your energy levels?