Thyroid can be high or low like our blood sugar. Thyroid hormone range is vast. There are people on the lower or on the higher side of the hormone naturally secreted by the thyroid gland.
Every gland in our body is inter-dependent, getting orders from the higher centre present in our brain.
The thyroid gland is like shape and size of a butterfly, present in the front region of our neck and it is not obviously visible.
Hypothyroid is a condition when the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroxine hormone and the most common cause is lack of Iodine in our foods.
Hyperthyroid is an overproduction of a hormone by the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck.
Let us observe around us. Everyone, especially women are taking thyroxine hormone for life as they have been diagnosed with low thyroid or hypothyroidism.
Is there an Epidemic?
- Maybe we are eating the wrong salt
- Maybe our salt has Iodine but not sufficient to produce enough Thyroxine
- Maybe we should start taking natural salt and not as advertised
Try taking sendha namak all through the year and as a reminder, this salt is used during fasts as it is pure and earthly.
Symptoms of the high thyroid are:
- Loss of weight
- Low-grade fever
- Personality changes
In women, high thyroid is common and if it is related to stress, it is called Graves's Disease, named after the doctor who discovered it.
This disease is not for life. There are medicines like Beta-blockers to soothe the heart and other specific medicines for high thyroid hormone.
Grave's Disease vanishes as it appears, means without a reason, but people do link it with stressful changing phases in the life of a woman-puberty, menopause and work or family related tensions.
There is an element of genes also associated with Grave's Disease. If these people are not treated timely, they carry a risk of a heart attack, fractures, personality related issues.
Before women pop tablets of thyroxine 100 mg for low functioning thyroid for life, do get a thyroid profile done. Maybe dose needs to be reduced slowly. People in normal but a higher range of thyroid hormone are always on the go and they are of Type A personality.
Every achiever has type A personality but they have never taken thyroxine hormone as a supplement!