We know that metabolism is possibly the most important factor that determines the state of our wellness, energy and beauty. We also know the thyroid is vital in controlling metabolism. Therefore, supporting thyroid function is a key element in optimizing metabolism.
On the surface it may seem that the only “digesting” we do is after meals. However, every organ, tissue and cell in our body is “eating” its nourishment in a remarkably complex process of deep digestion. Our conscious awareness of “eating” may come and go but digestion is actually a full time job for our physiology at every level of our bodymind, and includes the constant breaking down and building up of every structure within us, from our bones to our brains. This systemic fire of non-stop digestion at all levels has a name: Metabolism.
So if there is a digestive cooking process happening at all times in all places of our body, then who is the chef and where is the stove?
Imagine a chef at a stove preparing a meal. In this metaphor the thyroid is the burner, the source of the flames. The flames, the source of heat, are the hormones that the thyroid secretes into the blood that then circulate around the body until they enter all the cells and trigger the cellular enzymes whose catalytic action is the “cooking.”
Of course, these flames need to be just right: Not enough and the food is undercooked; too much and the food will burn. The thyroid’s activities are watched carefully by the pituitary gland which is programmed to make sure the burner (the thyroid) always sends out the right amount of heat. Thus the pituitary gland acts as a type of burner control knob on the front of the stove, continually delivering instructions to the thyroid regarding how hot it should burn. This knob is really great at making sure the fire burns at exactly the given temperature, but it does not know what the perfect temperature is, only the chef knows that. This chef that controls the pituitary is the hypothalamus gland that makes adjustments via yet more hormone messengers sent to the pituitary.
The problem is that too often we interfere with this delicate dance with all the toxic chemicals that we create and place in our environment, by our dietary and lifestyle choices, and of course, stress. Just as the throat is the initial gateway to all the air and food and liquids we consume, the thyroid is often the first casualty in this metabolic trio that suffers from our decisions, our toxins, and our stress.
This is a major reason why the thyroid in over 27 million people in the USA, a number that is rapidly rising, is not able to properly manage the release of its hormones, and so metabolism becomes a fire burning out of control, or one that is simply going out! And in general, because so many of the thyroid challenges presented are caused by man-made toxins that are xenoestrogenic endocrine disruptors, it is harder for a woman to stay in balance than it is for a man. It’s a well-known fact that women are actually five times more prone to thyroid imbalances than men. These toxins mimic molecules and women are obviously more sensitive to estrogenic molecules than men.
The good news is that to maintain healthy thyroid function we need to look mainly at only two things. The bad news is that optimizing these two can be challenging.
The first facet to address is absolutely minimizing the toxins that enter your body, especially the man-made endocrine disruptors. The second most important item is to ensure our immune systems are robust and powerful.
The following list of ways to support our thyroid basically is expounding on these two facets.
A great way to accomplish this is to audit your diet and lifestyle. Make adjustments that will decrease the amount of toxins consumed, increase the amount of toxins cleansed out of you via cleanses and cleansing herbs, and then take those adaptogenic herbs that are proven to help optimize and maintain a balanced strong immune function.
The best cleansing herbs when it comes to these endocrine disruptors are first those that detox the blood and liver, and secondly those that support a clean and functional colon. Herbs that are excellent at liver, blood and kidney detoxification include Turmeric, Neem, Triphala, and Brahmi. Bhumyamalaki, Punarnava, and especially the high Himalayan herb, Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), comprise our Liver Kindey Formula.
Herbs and formulas that best support the detoxification of the colon include:
Again and again, metabolism is central to your wellness, sense of self, energy levels, sexuality, creativity, cognitive functions, skin health and dozens of other facets within your body/mind. And again, an ounce of prevention focused daily on that ounce of thyroid of yours is certainly worth the tens of thousands of pounds or dollars or euros that you will spend in the event that your stove’s burner fails to cook your cellular meals properly. So start on the proper protocols for optimizing immune function and minimizing toxicity as soon as you can.
Look at your local environment, from the paint on your porch to the pesticides in the park, for ways that you can stop and/or remove the toxins that have been created and placed there by man.
Just as man-made toxins are threatening the wellness of all humans, these toxins are especially deadly for species that are smaller than us, for instance whole species of reptiles and amphibians have gone extinct because our xenoestrogenic poisons robbed the masculinity of the entire species from them. This may sound like activism, and it is, but it is also the only way that we will stop these toxins from hurting ourselves, our children, and all those that we love, while being of benefit to all beings.