Many experts agree that thyroid stress is a huge problem in our modern society. The thyroid gland is an important endocrine organ, found in the neck. It is responsible for metabolism, energy, weight, sleep, healthy hair and so much more. A variety of factors are known to put unnecessary stress on the thyroid. Many experts have found that clinical thyroid tests are not accurate when it comes to diagnosing various, less severe levels of thyroid stress. The problem is that even mild thyroid stress can send the body into a viscous downward spiral.
Causes of Thyroid Stress
Lack of iodine in the diet, too much iodine, emotional stress, tumors, excessive soy consumption, some prescription medications and unprotected x-rays are all thought to put stress on the thyroid gland. Of of these sources, lack of iodinein the diet and emotional stress are the most prevalent causes of thyroid stress today. Modern farming practices are though to have depleted iodine in our produce and livestock, however, the consumption of sea vegetables and fish are still good sources. Though it is difficult to pinpoint the exact relationship, many endocrinologists identify a clear connection between emotional stress and thyroid issues. In 2007, Oprah Winfrey was correct to admit that excessive stress had “blown out” her thyroid. Experts have also drawn a connection to depleted zinc levesl (due to emotional stress) and increased thyroid stress.