Metabolic Balance® and Thyroid
The thyroid, which is a major gland in the endocrine system, is linked to all the other glands in the endocrine system of which there are seven: the pineal, pituitary, thymus, thyroid, pancreas, gonads (ovaries in women; testes in men), and the adrenal glands.
What’s going on?
The modern lifestyle wreaks havoc on these powerful but delicate glands that secrete precious hormones in a very precise balance into the bloodstream.
Modern stress overtaxes the adrenals, which secrete the adrenals, which secrete the “fight or flight” hormone adrenaline, beginning the process of sabotaging all the glands.
The thyroid naturally gets overworked, becomes enlarged, and is then deemed “underactive” – just as we are when we are overworked for too long and puffy from abuse.
The metabolism, which is often said to slow when the thyroid is low-functioning, is not synonymous with the thyroid at all. In fact there is no such thing as “a metabolism.” The metabolism is not a location in the body that a doctor could point to.
Instead, metabolism is an event that occurs at the cellular level.
Metabolism is the process of breaking down and eliminating foreign substances like food, pollution, etc.
When the body is clear of excess waste residue and the cells are clean, metabolism is high-functioning. A whole foods diet encourages this.
Embrace a Whole
Foods that are helpful for thyroid function are carrots, spinach, apricots, asparagus, olive oil, avocado, sunflower seeds, whole grain cereals, bananas, and oily fish. Avoid caffeine drinks like coffee & soft drinks. Avoid stimulants like smoking and alcohol as these all effect thyroid function.
Modern food production and processing methods mean that many mainstream, commonly eaten foods are deficient in minerals. These deficiencies can contribute to degenerative diseases.
Selenium deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. Make sure you are getting enough selenium from Brazil nuts, tuna, onions, tomatoes and broccoli, and whole grains. Include some of these foods on a regular basis.
Please note that a single mineral does not work well in isolation. Each mineral works best in association with all other minerals and trace minerals, the way they are found in unrefined whole foods.
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Disclaimer: metabolic balance® is not a medically supervised program. The metabolic balance® plan and system is designed to help healthy individuals lose weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle. It is a recommended dietary program only and in no way represents medical treatment or medical advice. The program does not constitute a medical product or service and does not diagnose or treat any medical condition or disease. It does not accommodate for physical or medical conditions, food allergies or the taking of any prescription drugs. All medical conditions and your current health status should be discussed with your physician prior to beginning this, or any other, weight loss program