The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located at the base of the neck, which is responsible for producing and releasing hormones that regulate fat and carbohydrate metabolism, respiration, body temperature, brain development, cholesterol levels, the heart and nervous system function, blood calcium levels, menstrual cycles, and skin integrity. The thyroid gland is a part of the endocrine system, a collection of glands that produce, store and release hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, and mood.
The hypothalamus is responsible for the production of TSH, a hormone which signals the pituitary to tell the thyroid gland to produce less or more of T3 and T4 (thyroid hormones). This means that it promotes balance between T3 and T4.
So, when T3 and T4 levels are low in the blood, the pituitary gland produces more THS to stimulate the production of more thyroid hormones. On the other hand, if these levels are high, the pituitary gland releases less TSH to the thyroid, slowing down the production of thyroid hormones.
Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid condition, which results from too little T3 and T4 in the body. The most common symptoms of this condition include:
- Dry skin and hair
- Trouble sleeping
- Sensitivity to cold temperature
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Joint pain
- Frequent, heavy periods
Hyperthyroidism is yet another common and dangerous condition, which results from an overactive thyroid. Common symptoms include :
- Hair loss
- Hand trembling
- Irritability or moodiness
- Sweating or sensitivity to high temperatures
- Missed or light menstrual periods
- Nervousness, hyperactivity
When it comes to hyperthyroidism, most people rely on medications, oral radioactive iodine, and surgery so they can treat this condition. Sometimes these treatments may not provide the desired results since they can reduce the thyroid function and increase the risk of secreting improper amounts of some hormones.
Fortunately, you can nourish your thyroid naturally and improve its function. We have an effective and natural recipe prepared from a few thyroid-boosting ingredients.
Cranberry thyroid-boosting juice
- 7 cups spring or filtered water
- 1 cup 100% cranberry juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
You should heat the water so it will reach its boiling point. Add the spices and the cranberry juice and let it simmer for 20 minutes. Remove from the stove and let it cool. Then, add the lemon and the orange juice. Drink this throughout the day!
How will this recipe heal your thyroid gland?
Cranberries are a natural food source for iodine. Thyroid hormones are made of iodine, making it essential for thyroid health.
Vitamin C from the orange and lemon juice are filled with antioxidant that keeps your thyroid healthy.
Ginger contains magnesium which has been shown to be a critical way of controlling thyroid disease.
Cinnamon reduces inflammation to reduce the risk for hypothyroidism.
You should make and drink this recipe daily for maximum boosting benefits. While stimulating your thyroid gland, you’re also getting a huge vitamin boost.