By Jason Brooks
“No time for thyroid drama,” is a common cry from anyone suffering with thyroid problems. Indeed, the thyroid gland’s condition is mostly ignored by many people.
Most might people think this butterfly-shaped organ situated at the base of the neck doesn’t have equal weight with other organs like the kidneys, liver, heart, and lungs.
But the small thyroid gland has a big role to play in many bodily functions that keep your organs in full swing. It releases hormones into the bloodstream playing a vital role in development, metabolism and growth.
Let’s take a closer look at how it works and using essential oils for thyroid support.
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Understanding the Thyroid Gland
Are you always experiencing chronic stress? Well, it’s time to get your thyroid gland into gear because stress can gravely impact your thyroid through autoimmune attacks. This happens when the body attacks its tissues – including the thyroid gland – causing Graves’ disease or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Graves’ disease or overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) causes the gland to produce excess thyroid hormones. This triggers a range of symptoms including anxiety and nervousness.
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) does the opposite. It occurs when the body releases fewer thyroid hormones leading to weight gain, lethargy, and depression.
It’s critical the thyroid gland releases the optimum levels of thyroid hormones to keep the body functioning in a healthy condition.
When our body is stressed, the adrenal gland (located on top of your kidneys) releases cortisol to cope with the body’s diminishing functions. But sadly, these glands can only handle minimal stress.
So what’s the connection?
Well, your thyroid gland works hand in hand with the adrenal gland. In turn, your thyroid under performs during this situation. If the thyroid isn’t releasing a good amount of thyroid hormones, this slows down your metabolism and affects other bodily functions.
Essential oils and thyroid? Hmmm…doesn’t sound like a match made in heaven but IT IS!