The Huffington Post by Maria Rodale

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Most of us don’t ever think about our thyroid.

This gland is located in the neck and produces hormones that regulate energy metabolism, control protein synthesis, and adjust the body’s sensitivity to other hormones. The thyroid is also involved in detoxification, growth functions, immunity, and more. Given all of these critical actions, it makes sense to take care of such a precious and sensitive area of health. But, as noted, thyroid health is often just an afterthought, usually following a related diagnosis–if we give it any thought at all.

Unfortunately, this passive approach to thyroid health is not really helping us. Thyroids can be problematic, especially when we’re exposed to toxins, chemicals, and environmental pollutants. Nearly 60 million Americans, mostly women, have some type of thyroid problem.

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