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Thyroid: The Energy Regulator

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Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 04:30 PM Current | Bio | Archive

Thyroid hormones give energy to your body, allowing it to burn fuel and do work. This energy is also needed for repair of your tissues, like your skin, hair, and nails.

You can think of the thyroid gland as a dynamo that generates massive amounts of electricity as water flows through a dam. In this analogy, the adrenal glands would be the switch that allows this electricity to leave the dam and travel down the wires where it will be used in nearby homes.

When this energy is lacking, you feel tired. You also might feel less mentally sharp, and/or more depressed or run down.

Because you're not able to burn enough fuel you feed your body, it all gets stored as fat. This is the double whammy of gaining weight and being tired at the same time. You might think that storing energy would make you feel more energized, but the opposite is true.

Because these thyroid hormones are so powerful, your body has many ways to regulate them. The main way is by controlling how much hormone comes out of your thyroid gland and goes into circulation. This is called the “central control” of thyroid hormones.

The other main way these hormones are regulated is called “peripheral control,” and it includes all the things that happen in your body after the hormones have already been released.

Of all of the peripheral control steps, none is more powerful than the adrenal hormones, especially cortisol.

Every single part of your body — including hair, brain, skin, bones, muscles, nerves, organs, and nails — is made up of cells that need just the right amount of thyroid hormones to work properly.

These cells are all surrounded by cell membranes that are like the walls and doors in your house. And just like doors, these membranes control what is allowed to enter the cell and what is kept out.

In order for the doors to open and let thyroid hormones inside, cortisol has to hit the doorbell on a regular basis — but not too much.

In healthy states, cortisol is made in higher amounts in the morning, which allows your body to be alert and active when your cells are absorbing thyroid hormones. Later in the day, this process reverses and cortisol shuts down.

This shutdown of cortisol lets you get deep refreshing sleep, repair all of your aches and pains, and gets your body ready for another busy productive day.

When these two glands are working together well, your body will produce abundant energy all throughout the day. You will also be able to maintain a healthy, lean body weight without having to micromanage every morsel of food you eat.

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