Supporting the Body’s Energy Regulator

The thyroid gland serves as the fuel center and energy regulator for every cell in our bodies. Low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism, is a condition in which the thyroid is not producing sufficient quantities of thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common form of hypothyroidism and is thought to be an autoimmune condition. In the past, low consumption of iodine was thought to be the main cause of hypothyroidism. While iodized table salt helps to reduce the incidence of iodine deficiency, many individuals also use a kelp supplement, which contains iodine, to ensure adequate iodine availability to the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism is more prevalent in women than in men. Hormonal imbalances can have a major impact on thyroid function. That is why a total support product such as Thyroid Support with Zinc can be most beneficial in supporting overall thyroid health. Hyperthyroidism, or Graves Disease, is a condition in which thyroid function is overactive and is also thought to be an autoimmune condition.

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can include fatigue, dry skin, constipation, hoarseness, thinning hair, brittle nails, weight gain, memory loss, cold hands and feet, and an overall intolerance to cold. There also exists a direct link between adrenal health and thyroid health. Daily stress resulting in adrenal fatigue can have an adverse effect on thyroid function and overall energy levels since the adrenal gland competes with the thyroid gland for the same supportive nutrients. That is why treatment of thyroid dysfunction often involves treating and supporting adrenal function with nutrients and herbals substances known as adaptogens, like those found in AdreBoost-NG. When the
adrenal gland is properly supported, thyroid function usually improves as well.

The main hormones produced by the thyroid gland are T-4 (levothyroxine) and T-3 (liothyronine). The key to healthy thyroid function and energy regulation is the effective conversion of the less active T-4 hormone form to the more active T-3 hormone form. Nutrients that have been found helpful in aiding this conversion are iodine, zinc and selenium.

If low thyroid production is suspected, the steps to supporting thyroid
production are:

  • Ensure adequate iodine intake, which is critical for proper thyroid
  • Use additional thyroid nutrients like zinc, selenium and tyrosine to
    encourage conversion of T-4 to T-3.
  • Ensure that the adrenal glands and the entire HPT axis is also supported.
    These supportive nutrients can be obtained as individual entities, or they
    can be found in multiple-ingredient formulations such as Thyroid Support
    with Zinc or AdreBoost-NG.