It releases hormones to help regulate your body’s metabolism (all the things your body does to turn food into energy and keep you going).
If the thyroid gets lazy and starts slacking off on production of its hormone, you may experience:
If the thyroid goes into overdrive and produces too much, then you may experience:
My own experience with thyroid disease began with severe irritation in my eyes – it felt like I had grains of sand scratching my eyes. I could eat like a champ but was losing weight. My hands shook, I couldn’t sleep, and boy, was I irritable.
After several trips to my primary care doc (who kept telling me it was allergies) I was referred me to an ophthalmologist who immediately identified Graves’ Disease (hence the eye discomfort). The treatment to mitigate the symptoms and get the thyroid back to normal functioning was no picnic – it literally took 2 years to get to a place where I felt fairly normal functioning.
So – what’s the moral of this story and why am I sharing it with you? Please don’t put off seeing your health care provider if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. A simple blood test can give you valuable information about your thyroid levels.
And back to our initial question – no doubt you’ve guessed the connection to a butterfly. So what about the grapefruit and calcium connection? If you are already taking thyroid medication grapefruit may have some contraindications – best to check with the pharmacist.
And I just recently learned that I should not take my calcium supplements within 4 hours of taking my Synthroid medication. Who knew? Now you do.
P.S. speaking of calcium, be sure your supplement contains Vitamin K – you can learn more about what I call the “calcium conundrum” when you sign up for my blog – I’ll send you a free e-book as a thanks.
An excellent resource for up-to-date thyroid information is the American Thyroid Organization: http://www.thyroid.org
Sue Perisi is a Reiki Master and Medical Intuitive and certified as a Yoga Instructor, Holistic Health Coach and Urban Zen Integrative Therapist .
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