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Thyroid Nodules: Should We be Concerned?

Thyroid Nodules - Should We be Concerned

Thyroid nodules are extremely common, although most people who develop them will be unaware of their presence.

For some however, thyroid nodules can be a sign of a serious health issue. What are thyroid nodules, and when should we be concerned about them enough to seek treatment?

Thyroid nodules are hard lumps which occur on the thyroid gland, behind the Adams apple and can contain fluid. They are often discovered during a medical exam, or when noticeable symptoms occur, like pain, discomfort in the throat, swelling, or difficulty swallowing or breathing.

Although most thyroid nodules are benign growths, others can affect thyroid hormone production (Thyroxine), or even develop into cancer. For this reason, it is important to take any changes in the thyroid seriously and seek treatment if necessary.

What are the symptoms of thyroid nodules?

One of the most common symptoms of thyroid nodules, is a slight swelling of the neck. This can also be caused by an enlarged thyroid (goiter) due to iodine deficiency. Other symptoms include pain in the throat area, difficulty swallowing, difficulty breathing, or symptoms of hyperthyroidism; for example a racing heart, feeling over-stimulated or anxious, and difficulty sleeping. Sometimes, thyroid nodules can be felt by touching around the neck, where the thyroid is located.

When should I be concerned and seek treatment?

Although nodules on the thyroid or other parts of the body are common as we get older, it is important to seek medical advice if experiencing any pain, swelling, or difficulty breathing or swallowing.

To further investigate thyroid nodules, a specialist may perform an ultrasound which provides a visual reference of the thyroid and any abnormalities. Once thyroid nodules are identified, it is also common to follow this up with a biopsy, where a microscopic sample of the thyroid (cells) are taken and analyzed to see if the nodules are benign or potentially cancerous. If the cells are abnormal or cancerous, it is common to perform a thyroidectomy, which removes part of all of the thyroid gland.

The other common treatment is radioactive iodine therapy which effectively destroys the thyroid and also the cancerous nodules. These drastic procedures may be justified but will also require the individual to rely on an external source of thyroid hormone for the rest of their lives.

What are some of the ways to avoid or prevent thyroid nodules?

Keeping your thyroid in good health is the best way to avoid thyroid nodules. We can do this through eating a diet rich in selenium, zinc, and B vitamins like quality meats, nuts and vegetables. It is also very important for your thyroid to get enough iodine which can be naturally sourced from seaweed, sea salt, cod fish, dairy products, and eggs. Iodine can also be taken as a supplement.  It is also important to try and limit stress and environmental toxins as much as possible as these can adversely affect your thyroid function.

How Stress Can Affect Your Thyroid

How stress can affect your thyroid

For people that need to take thyroid medication or supplementation, it can be difficult to stay on a consistent dose as there are many things in life that can affect how our thyroid functions, and just how much additional, supplementary thyroid we need.

One of the most common factors affecting our thyroid function is stress. But how does stress affect the thyroid, and what can we do about it?

How stress affects your body

For many people, 2020 has been a rather stressful year so far, and this can affect how your body functions in many ways. And aside from feeling more anxious, stress can cause many, very real physical affects in your body.

For example, stress can cause metabolic changes and make it easier to put on weight and harder to lose. Stress can raise your blood pressure and even lead to heartbeat irregularity. Stress can lower your immune system and make you more susceptible to illness.

In addition, stress can lead to hormone dysregulation and for someone who is already hypothyroid and taking external thyroid hormone, this can mean dramatic changes in how much thyroid you need to function.

The main reason for this is stress causes elevated cortisol levels produced by the adrenal glands, and this in turn interrupts Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis which is how our body regulates hormones including thyroid hormones – it can also interrupt the brains TSH communication within the thyroid and skew test results, and even decreased  T4 to T3 conversion.

What this means for your thyroid dose

When stress levels increase, it is common for symptoms of hypothyroidism to increase and the previously stable dose of thyroid you were taking now seems insufficient. This is quite common and can feel like you are on a roller coaster of dosage increases when you feel you need more and decreases when you feel like the dose is too high.

What are some of the ways we can lower stress?

Often the things in our life which can be a source of stress are out of our control and will take time to resolve. But there are some things you can do immediately to lower the stress levels and cope more effectively.

  • Eating a clean diet with as few processed foods as possible.
  • Taking B-Vitamins which help the body to regulate stress more effectively.
  • Getting outside in the fresh air and getting in the sun so that your body can produce Vitamin D.
  • Keeping your mind in the present as much as possible. Focus on what you are doing and experiencing right now, rather than thinking about what has happened in the past, or may happen in the future, all of which is in the mind.

Should You Avoid Gluten? Your Thyroid Says YES!

Should You Avoid Gluten - Your Thyroid Says YES

There are many reasons to be wary of modern gluten, but is going gluten free best for your thyroid? Most of us are aware that people who suffer from celiac disease must avoid gluten as eating it can cause a severe (even fatal) reaction. There is also an increasing awareness of how gluten can affect the thyroid, and those with an auto-immune thyroid disorder. In this article we’ll look at why this is and the benefits of avoiding gluten altogether.

Humans have eaten gluten containing foods like wheat, barley, and rye for thousands for years and for the most part it has sustained us pretty well. That is until modern farming and hybridization radically changed the grains we eat into something very different, and made many people sick in the process. Many people experience this as gluten sensitivity and symptoms can range anywhere from a mild stomach upset to chronic inflammation, heart palpitations, and severe brain fog among others. However, if you have an auto-immune related thyroid condition like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Graves’ Disease, eating gluten can exacerbate symptoms and even increase the damage to your thyroid.

The reason for this is that the protein within gluten (gliadin) is very similar in structure to those produced by the thyroid gland and if these gluten proteins manage to enter the bloodstream via a leaky gut (which can actually be caused by eating gluten) – an immune response is triggered which may then cause the body to attack the thyroid. The link between eating gluten and thyroid damage has been studied extensively, and it has been shown that some thyroid conditions can be improved or potentially reversed by excluding gluten from the diet.

For example, one “study found that when most of those with subclinical hypothyroidism were placed on a gluten free diet, their thyroid function normalized! 71 percent of people who had subclinical hypothyroidism (a mildly underactive thyroid) and who had strictly followed a one-year gluten withdrawal (as confirmed by intestinal mucosa recovery) saw a return to normal thyroid function.”

 

How easy is it to quit gluten?

The answer is, not as easy as it sounds. Most people are aware that wheat products like bread contain gluten, however gluten is threaded throughout much of our modern diet and is hidden in many packaged foods and drinks. For example, many ingredients listed as ‘flavor’ or ‘spices’ may contain gluten, soy sauce contains gluten (Whereas gluten-free tamari does not), even oats often contain gluten as most are processed in the same equipment as wheat, so unless the oats are certified gluten-free you should consider avoiding them. The most effective way go gluten-free is to radically simplify your diet, eating mostly foods which you have made yourself, or that you know have been made using basic ingredients that you can identify, and are sure contain no gluten.

How Thyrovanz Works

The Best Natural Thyroid Supplements

s with any natural thyroid supplement, there are many different ways to take your dose and often this means trial and error until you find what works best. The first thing to know is that Thyrovanz will take at least 4 hours+ to peak in your system and will have a gradually diminishing effect for days afterwards. With this in mind it is often best to make dosage increases very slowly as the full effect of these changes can take about a week to be realized.

In addition to this, as the natural thyroid dose is increasing, the body is also adjusting its own TSH output (usually down) in response to the additional source of thyroid hormone, and when these two factors are combined the time-frame for adjustment can stretch into weeks. Being patient and prepared to make small changes is often the best approach to establishing the right dose.

The other benefit to making small dosage increases, is that if at any point the dose feels too high (over-stimulated), it is easy to drop back to the last level that was working. However, if dose increases are made too rapidly, this can be difficult to work out.

 

Should a Thyrovanz dose be taken all at once or split?

Most people who take Thyrovanz will split their dosage into 2 parts, a primary and secondary. Most commonly the primary dose is taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and the secondary in the mid-afternoon. For example, if the dosage is 150mg – taking 100mg in the morning, and 50mg in the afternoon is a good option.

Splitting the dose like this can lead to a more consistent feeling of energy throughout the day and help avoid an afternoon slow-down. Another option is to micro-dose by taking small amounts throughout the day by using the 25 or 50mg capsules.

 

Will my dose stay the same throughout the year?

The short answer is, not likely. Although there are some who are blessed with hormonal stability, for most people this is not the case, and their needs will fluctuate over the course of the year. There are several things that can affect this including seasonal changes, changes in diet, stress, and just getting older.

However, in general, dosage needs will increase and decrease within a manageable range with some predictability after a while. In addition to life factors, the products effect can also vary. As Thyrovanz is simply bovine thyroid glandular – a natural product, there can be potency variations between batches and although these are usually minor, they can still be noticeable at times.

Establishing the right dose can take some time patiently listening to your body and adjusting as necessary. However, for most people, perseverance will lead to better energy throughout the day and an overall feeling of balance.

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If you are currently taking any medication, or have been diagnosed with a medical condition, it is important to consult with your doctor before trying Thyrovanz.

Why B-Vitamins Are So Important

Why B-Vitamins Are So Important

Why B-Vitamins Are So Important

You may have heard of both B6 and B12, but did you know that there are 8 B-Vitamins in total? vitamin B is most commonly used to help increase energy, although it plays a significant role in the body’s metabolic and brain function. Taking B-Vitamins regularly can drastically improve your overall health by ensuring your body is working properly at all times.

Types of Vitamin B

With eight main types of vitamin B, it is important to know the difference when choosing a B complex or vitamin regimen that is right for you. The following includes all of the B-Vitamins used to help improve the health of various areas of the body:

  • B1 (Thiamin)
  • B2 (Riboflavin)
  • B3 (Niacin)
  • B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
  • B6 (Pyridoxine)
  • B7 (Biotin)
  • B9 (Folate)
  • B12 (Methylcobalamin)

Signs and Symptoms of a Vitamin B Deficiency

If you are experiencing any of the following signs and symptoms, it may be time to talk to your doctor about a potential vitamin B deficiency:

  • Skin Issues: You may notice skin rashes without any clear explanation. Scaly lips as well as cracks around the mouth are not uncommon among individuals who are deficient in vitamin B.
  • Swollen Tongue
  • Anemia
  • Extreme Weakness/Fatigue
  • Increased anxiety, depression, and irritability
  • Cognitive impairment/confusion
  • Nausea/vomiting in extreme cases
  • GI Issues: Diarrhea/constipation and sudden bowel changes may occur
  • Stomach/abdominal cramping
  • Tingling and numbness in the extremities (most often involving the hands and feet)

Boost Your Body’s Immune System

Taking B2, also known as Riboflavin, is one way to help boost your body’s immune system by protecting your gut, blood cells, and even your skin in working order. While taking B2 is highly recommended to boost your immune system and to prevent a Riboflavin deficiency, it is also useful for breaking down fats, proteins, and carbs after eating to ensure they are metabolized properly and used as energy. B2 also has the ability to alleviate joint and muscle cramps while improving the overall immune system’s function. Find additional B2 in foods such as meats, dairy products, and leafy vegetables.

Hormonal Health

Not only are B-Vitamins optimal to keep your metabolism in check, but they are also useful for those who are seeking to balance their body’s hormone levels. Hormonal health is extremely important, especially during and after puberty. Vitamin B5, or Pantothenic Acid, helps with growth and the body’s ability to produce hormones. It is also used to facilitate the process of breaking down consumed carbohydrates into viable energy. You can also find B5 in various leafy vegetables, beef, chicken, and eggs.

Reverse and Avoid Anemia

B12 has often been referred to as a vitamin that assists with energy levels. However, B12 also plays an important role when it comes to keeping the body’s cells healthy and in full operation. B12 helps the body to ensure your nerve cells are healthy and that your body is capable of building blood cells. When the body struggles to do so, you may experience anemia. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of anemia may include extreme fatigue, confusion, constipation, a loss of appetite, and even weight loss if the deficiency is not addressed. Vitmains-B12 can only be found in abundance in meat which makes supplementation important for anyone following a plant-based diet. Adding B12 to your daily vitamin regimen is a way to reverse the signs and symptoms of anemia.

Reduce Your Risk for Stroke

While B vitamins are known for helping to boost energy levels while maintaining a healthy metabolism, they are also known for reducing the risk of stroke in individuals of all ages. Vitamin B supplements may have the ability to lower the risk of stroke by protecting the body’s blood vessels from clots or from bursts in the brain itself.

Understanding the importance of taking B-Vitamins is essential, regardless of your age, gender, and current lifestyle. By ensuring your body is receiving enough vitamin B, reap the benefits of increased energy, a level metabolism, and a strong immune system.

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