The thyroid gland is one of many important features within our body.
It has a butterfly shape and it can be found at the base of the neck. It is responsible for releasing hormones and regulates various bodily functions such as metabolism.
Some more of these bodily function include:
- Menstrual cycle
- Body weight
- Heart rate
- Cholesterol level
- Peripheral and central nervous system
- Muscle strength
- Skin integrity
- Body temperature
How Does The Gland Work?
This gland is a part of a bigger network known as the endocrine system. That system is made of several glands that are responsible for releasing hormones into the bloodstream that assist with several different functions. This gland also uses iodine derived from the foods we eat, in order to produce Thyroxine (T4) and Triiodothyronine (T3).
The hypothalamus is one of the many glands that make up the endocrine system, and it’s responsible for producing a hormone known as TSH. This hormone sends signals to the pituitary gland so it can regulate the production of T3 and T4. So in other words, the hypothalamus is a “middle man” in some sense of the word.
When enough T3 and T4 is not being produced, it can lead to a condition known as Hypothyroidism. The symptoms associated with this condition include joint pain, heavy periods, insomnia, depression, dry skin, fatigue, heightened sensitivity to cold temperatures and dry hair.
This condition is usually caused by an overly active thyroid gland. Symptoms of this over-activity can include hair loss, excessive sweating, anxiety, nervousness, moodiness, along with uncontrollable shaking of the hands.
Surgeries, medications and radioactive iodine are just some of the traditional ways used to treat hyperthyroidism. It is still somewhat difficult to ensure these methods target the thyroid gland. This simply means that is something should be slightly off balance, it can cause a fluctuation in hormone production, which can lead to other health complications.
Luckily, experts have already a natural way that can help treat this problem and keep the thyroid gland healthy as well.
Cranberry Thyroid Boosting Juice
- 7 cups spring or filtered water
- 1 cup 100% cranberry juice
- 1/4 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 tbsps. freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/4 tbsps. dry ginger
- 1/2 tbsp. Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/4 tbsp. nutmeg
Allow water to boil before adding cranberry juice, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes then remove it from the stove and allow it to cool. Add orange juice and lemon juice. Stir well and enjoy.
How Will This Recipe Help?
- Cranberries – They will load you with iodine and this mineral plays a crucial part in keeping the thyroid working properly.
- Cinnamon –We know it for its anti-inflammatory properties which help to lower the risk of hypothyroidism.
- Vitamin C – This helps the promotion if the thyroid health and we find it as a popular vitamins found in lemon and orange juices respectively.
- Ginger – The magnesium in this particular ingredient reduces the chances of you contracting thyroid-related diseases.