thyroid

  • Focus On: Selenium

    What it is: The mineral selenium is a micronutrient that must be ingested via food or drink. Selenium helps regulate the thyroid and combines with proteins to make selenoproteins, a type of antioxidant that protects against cellular damage.

    Benefits

    What it is, why you need it, and where to get it.
    By Brooke Holmgren
  • The Cortisol Cure

    Chronic stress feeds the cortisol fire in our bodies. In response to stress—either physical or psychological— the adrenal gland kicks into gear and produces cortisol to help the body cope.

    Laurie Heap, MD
  • The Chameleon That Steals Your Health

    What does decreased ability to concentrate, ringing in the ears, hair loss, acid reflux, infertility, chest pain, acne, bad breath, frequent colds, joint aches, brittle fingernails, migraines, and allergies have in common? The thyroid gland! Small but mighty, the thyroid gland is sometimes described as the natural power plant of the body because it sets the rate of our metabolism.

    By Laurie Heap, MD
  • The Long Term Risks of TSD: Getting to the Heart of the Matter

    Individuals with TSD seek medical help for the symptoms that decrease their sense of wellness in the present, but TSD’s silent effects may have an even more devastating impact on their future health. We all try to do things that are heart healthy—and for good reason. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in both men and women.

    Laurie Heap, MD
  • What Your Nails Know

    If our eyes are the windows to our souls, our nails are the screen doors to our bodies. More than just cosmetic annoyances, brittle, ridged, or yellow fingernails and toenails can indicate nutrient deficiencies and health problems ranging from anemia to thyroid disease.

    Health problems? Look to your fingernails.
    By Vicky Uhland
  • The Hidden Epidemic: Is Your Thyroid Making You Fat?

    When Mary Shomon suddenly found herself exhausted in the middle of the morning, her doctor told her to get more sleep. When she reported that her hair was falling out and she was depressed and moody, her doctor attributed it to the stress of planning her upcoming wedding.

    Millions of Americans have thyroid disease and don't know it. Are you one of them?
    By Vicky Uhland
  • A Tune-up for Your Thyroid

    The thyroid, a small, butterfly-shaped gland below your Adam’s apple, pretty much rules your body, says Douglas Husbands, DC, CCN, a clinical nutritionist and chiropractor in San Carlos, California.

    This little gland plays a big role in your body. Keep it running with these essentials.
    By Victoria Dolby Toews
  • Hair Loss Scare

    Not necessarily. It’s normal to shed about 50 to 150 strands a day, but if your hair appears to be dramatically thinning, it might be a sign of an underlying condition. While culprits can be as serious as thyroid disease and lupus, hair loss is often caused by poor diet and stress, says Antonio Alvi Armani, MD, author of How to Beat Hair Loss.

    I lose a lot of hair in the shower—should I be worried?
    By Josie Garthwaite