Questions like what does it do, what does it mean, what is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism and many more, appear in a person`s mind. Here you can find answers too many questions.

What does the thyroid do?

The thyroid glands secrets hormones to regulate the metabolic processes like growth and energy. The thyroid shouldn’t be overactive or sluggish, because it can lead to many misdiagnosed symptoms. Conducted research shows that one in 20 people suffer from some form of thyroid dysfunction during their lifetime. Usually women suffer more than man.

The difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism!

The difference is in the hormone output from the thyroid. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone that the body needs, and hyperthyroidism means the opposite, that is producing too much of the same hormone.

Being able to recognize them!!

There is difference in the symptoms for both thyroid problems, depending on the hormone output. The hypothyroidism makes you feel sluggish, lack of concentration, have dry skin, thin hair, pain or cramping in the muscles, retention of fluids and are being sensitive to cold temperatures.

The other type of thyroid problems, the hyperthyroidism, can lead to unexplained weight loss, accelerated heart rate, sensitivity to heat, having sleeping problems, irritability, nervousness and anxiety and also diarrhea. Usually this type comes with a lump on the throat called goiter. You either have iodine deficiency or your thyroid is working too hard.

How comes the thyroid problems?

There are main triggers for the thyroid conditions:

  • Chronic stress
  • Overload of toxins
  • Iodine deficiency
  • Heavy metal build up

Many autoimmune conditions can affect the thyroid. Hyperthyroidism can be caused by the increase of the hormone production like Graves` disease, subacute thyroiditis and toxic adenomas. Hypothyroidism can be caused by lacking of the thyroid hormone leading to Hashimoto`s thyroiditis, thyroid removal and excessive exposure to iodine or lithium.

Prevent the thyroid conditions!

Keep your body and metabolism healthy and the thyroid will stay healthy as well. Take extra care for yourself if you have been diagnosed with a thyroid condition.

Dr Hyman suggests next:

1.Treat the Underlying causes

First you need to identify the cause, like food allergies, heavy metals, nutritional deficiency and stress. After identifying you need to remove the food that causes digestive problems like diary and gluten food.

2.Optimize your nutrition

You need to input in your regular diet more food rich in iodine, zinc, omega-3 fats, selenium and other, and at the same time remove food filled with flours, sugars and processed foods.

3.Minimize stress

There are many programs that can help you relieve stress like yoga, daily meditation, breathing techniques, nature time and many others.


There are exercises that can help you boost the function of the thyroid.


Many supplements can help you enhance the proper work of the thyroid. Consult a holistic doctor, naturopath or natural therapist for some guidance.

6.Heat Therapy

Stored toxins can be eliminated with saunas and heat treatments.

7.Thyroid Hormones

There is a support for the thyroid gland with thyroid hormone replacement. You need to consult your doctor prior using one of these hormones.

If you are suffering from thyroid conditions make sure you keep your body healthy. It can heal itself if you only give it a chance!