A thyroid imbalance occurs when your thyroid releases either too little or too much of the hormones it produces for the body — Triiodothyronine (T3), Thyroxine (T4), and Calcitonin. An underactive thyroid results in hypothyroidism, while the term for an overactive thyroid is hyperthyroidism. As you can imagine, these imbalances each cause problems on the opposite end of a scale: too little energy or too much; an overly-fast metabolism or a very slow one, and so on. Here’s a breakdown of the issues caused by thyroid imbalance and how to help your body address them.
Posted by Christianna Cannon on 4/20/2018 to Nutritional
The thyroid is the largest gland in the endocrine system, the system responsible for generating the hormones that regulate all your body’s functions. Most people have heard of the thyroid at least in passing, and assume it has something to do with the body’s regulation of weight and metabolism. That’s true, but the thyroid is more complex than that. This butterfly-shaped gland produces hormones that affect your body’s energy usage, which translates not only into metabolism, but also into mood, energy levels, and even your immune system.