Statics state that more than 59 million people in United States have thyroid problems. Majority of these people do not know that they suffer from thyroid related issues. A thyroid is seen as a butterfly shaped gland that is situated in the neck. It serves in the function of metabolism. Having problems with the thyroid can affect every aspect of one’s health. The primary areas that thyroid conditions do affect include; depression, weight and energy levels.
Several types of thyroid disorders and diseases can cause hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism or an enlarged thyroid. Despite the definitive causes remaining unknown in some cases, numerous factors increase the risk of developing thyroid conditions.
Nutrition is key to controlling many health conditions and providing balanced bodily function and production of key hormones such as with enlarged thyroid. Enlarged thyroid and hypothyroidism have been shown to improve when dietary conditions are met, by reversing certain mineral deficiencies. Minerals such as iodine and copper are essential to supporting proper thyroid function by stimulating the production of key hormones such as T3 and T4.
Enlarged thyroid is a symptom often associated with thyroid disease such as Hashimoto’s Disease and Grave’s Disease. Also referred to as a goiter, an enlarged thyroid can be indicative of certain nutritional deficiencies such as low iodine, magnesium and selenium levels. In turn your thyroid fails to produce enough T3 and T4 hormone, required for proper metabolic function and immune capabilities.
Enlarged thyroid due to thyroid disease can cause symptoms associated with female hormone production. For example, a female’s menstrual cycle may slow or stop completely and in some cases, menstrual cycle may become heavy and more frequent. This is all due to the amount of hormone the thyroid produces and secretes during a 24 hour period.
Because of the effect of enlarged thyroid on a woman’s menstrual cycle, infertility can also become a major concern as levels of estrogen and progesterone are affected, significantly.