Thyroid Health & Your Metabolism

Your thyroid gland is a 2-inch butterfly-shaped organ located at the front of the neck.  Your thyroid releases two primary hormones (T3 & T4) and they play a profound impact on your metabolism.

These hormones travel through your bloodstream and help get energy from the food you eat to regulate: fat and carbohydrate metabolism, respiration, body temp,  blood calcium levels, cholesterol levels,  growth & brain development, menstrual cycles & skin integrity among others.

Without sufficient iodine your thyroid cannot produce adequate hormones to help your body function at an optimal level and could wreak havoc on your metabolism. A TSH blood test can be used to diagnose your levels.

Iodized salt is one way to get supplementation. However, because it is heavily processed you may want to seek out other natural sources: seaweed, hijiki, wakame, arame, dulse, nori,’ve seen these in sushi restaurants!

Because my meals are low in salt I supplement with Iodizyme

Some foods to avoid to for thyroid health:

•aspartame- may cause thyroid inflammation,

•non fermented soy – these interfere with the function of your thyroid gland includes, soy, soybean oil, soy milk soy burgers & tofu leads to decreased thyroid function

•gluten – found in wheat, rye, barley and most processed foods

* NOTE: too much iodine can trigger thyroid problems and worsen symptoms …

hyperthyroidism: an overactive thyroid, weight loss, speed up your heart rate, sensitive to heat

hypothyroidism : underactive thyroid  weight gain, feel fatigued, difficulty dealing with cold temperatures

Thyroid medications can interact with common nutritional supplements and lower the absorption… Always check with your doctor before introducing new supplements.

The key is maintaining balance!  And good health isn’t complete without stressing the importance of physical activity.

In peace, health & with much love

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

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