Your thyroid gland is an endocrine gland that is located right below the larynx, right around the trachea. The gland surrounds the windpipe at its front part and consists of two lobes connected via isthmus.
Thyroid gland is like a tiny factory that uses iodine to produce thyroid hormones. Iodine is mostly contained in sea food and iodine-added salt. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and affect growth. They have many other vital functions in the body.
On function of the thyroid gland have influence many factors. Incredibly, there are seven everyday ingredients in our household that can harm the thyroid gland. Fortunately, we can reduce the risk of developing complications by minimizing our exposure to these toxic compounds.
Plastic is harmful to the environment but also for our body, and therefore the entire health of the thyroid gland. The chemical released from plastic bottles, antimony, is just one problem.
In fact, the study that was conducted by the University of Copenhagen found that levels of antimony found in juices that are stuffed in plastic bottles was 2.5% higher than the level is considered to be safe. Additionally, BPA and phthalates also significantly reduce the function of the thyroid gland.
It was discovered that soy protein neutralize thyroid peroxidase. Phytoestrogens, which are proteins found in soy act as agents that disrupt the function of this gland, because they are blocking the secretion of thyroid hormone, and block the body ability to use iodine.
70% of water supplies in the United States contains fluoride. Another unknown fact is that during the first half of the 20 century tiny doses of fluoride (2-5mg a day) had been prescribed for a month, in the purpose of treating hyperthyroidism.
However, taking into consideration the amount of fluoride-enriched water you drink, this sure is an issue.
Halogens are fluorine and chlorine actually. These halogens are absorbed through food, water and even the environment. Fluorides and chlorides prevent the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. Excessive exposure to these halogens leads to disruption of transport of iodine.
Bromine is toxic to your thyroid and it is contained in almost everything – products that purify pool water, and even some foods. Even healthy people may have higher bromine levels in their bodies.
One study found that about 60% of pesticides which are imported daily through diet, have harmful effect on the proper function of the thyroid gland. Researchers have found that antifungal pesticides and chemicals used to eliminate weed can decrease the function of this gland and cause difficulties regarding the weight loss process.
Perchlorate is a waste product generated in the combustion of fuel. CDC claims that almost all people have perchlorate in their bodies, because this substance is found in water used for irrigation of fruits and vegetables, and even in drinking water.
This article provides a recipe for a natural drink that will help you strengthen your health and help with the problems of the thyroid gland.
¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 oranges)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons)
¼ tablespoon ground ginger
½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 cup 100% cranberry juice (unsweetened)
7 cups filtered water
¼ tablespoon nutmeg powder
Put water on the fire to boil. Then reduce the heat and slowly add the cranberry juice, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir and allow the mixture to simmer quietly for 20 minutes.
Then remove the pan from the fire and let it cool to room temperature. When it is completely cool, add the orange juice and lemon. Add ice cubes and your healthy drink is ready for drinking.