Thyroid 101: All the Basics You Need to Know in 2023

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In 2023, Thyroid awareness will be at an all-time high! Why? Because more and more people are being diagnosed with Thyroid Disease every year. If you are one of those people, or if you know someone who is, it’s important to learn all about the Thyroid. What is the Thyroid? What does it do? How can you take care of it? In this blog post, we will answer all of those questions and more! So sit back and relax while we teach you everything you need to know about the Thyroid in 2023!

What is the thyroid?

From the front of your neck, near where you breathe in and out, lies a small organ called the thyroid. This butterfly-shaped gland is wrapped around two wide wings that extend out towards our collarbones when talking about health or medicine and often focuses more heavily than other parts does, but don’t forget how vital these functions really are!

What does your thyroid do for you?

The thyroid gland is an important part of the body’s metabolism. It releases and controls hormones that help regulate how fast or slow you burn calories, depending on what state (fasting vs eating) we’re in as well as where each hormone fits into this regulatory system; sending those signals out through communication channels like insulin so they can be used by other parts within metabolisms machine-like structures called “metabolic processes.” Metaboles involve taking food items converted from carbohydrates + protein+ fat – leaving behind energy which powers everything we do: thinking & growing repair.

The thyroid gland is an important organ in the neck that controls how fast you burn calories. It makes two hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine( T3), which are used by cells throughout our bodies to tell them about their energy needs – this helps keep metabolism going just right so we don’t get tired or bulky.

The pituitary gland is a complicated organ that monitors many different things. In order to keep our bodies functioning optimally, it sends signals based on what’s going on in the blood including whether or not you’re feeling stressed out and how much thyroid hormone someone has been releasing over time–both too little, as well as excessive amounts, can lead either way depending upon their specific needs.

There are many other glands in our endocrine system that play important roles in metabolism too – such as the adrenal gland (which response to stress), pancreas (which regulates blood sugar levels), and ovaries (which produce eggs in women) – but the thyroid is considered the “master” gland because it controls how all these others work. Thyroid disorders are therefore some of the most common hormone problems, affecting an estimated 20  million Americans.

Hashimoto’s disease is the most common thyroid disorder, but there are other conditions that can affect your thyroids. For instance; if you have an overactive gland due to Graves’ Disease or Thyroid Cancer it could lead eventually result in hypothyroidism so it’s important for people who think they might suffer from these types of illnesses get checked out by a doctor immediately!

How can you take good care of your thyroid?

Here are some effective ways you can keep your thyroid healthy:

Beware of sugar and processed foods

Sugar may seem to be everywhere these days, but it’s important not to let your guard down when you’re eating or drinking something sweet. Too much sugar can interfere with hormone production and trigger inflammation throughout the body! Processed foods also contain additives that could wreak havoc on any hormonal imbalance–so avoid them at all costs if this sounds like an issue for yourself or someone else in your life who needs healthy hormones as well.

Drink alcohol in moderation (or not at all!)

Drinking alcohol when you have a thyroid disorder can be dangerous to your health. It upsets the delicate balance of hormones produced by this organ and could cause dehydration – which brings on more hypothyroidism symptoms.

Stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout each day—and don’t forget to exercise!

The production of thyroid hormones requires a healthy diet and plenty of water, so it’s important that you drink at least eight glasses per day. In addition to drinking enough fluids, aim for regular exercise which helps improve circulation as well balance your hormone levels in the body.

Additionally, get regular checkups with your doctor, and be sure to monitor your thyroid  levels

You should always check in with your doctor about any changes you notice. If the symptoms of thyroid disease are causing concern, it might be best for them to conduct an exam and test just to ensure that everything’s okay.”

As we always say your thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that plays a big role in your overall health. It produces hormones that help regulate your metabolism and energy levels, among other things. So it’s important to take good care of your thyroid. Fortunately, this is pretty easy to do. Just follow the simple tips we’ve outlined above and you should be on your way to keeping your thyroid functioning optimally. Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call us—we’re always here to help!

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