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    • Becky McDaniel Knight

      If you run your hand along the front of your neck starting right below your chin, you'll eventually hit a slight bump - that's when you know you've hit the thyroid gland. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located along the mid-line of your neck, only a few inches above your lungs. The thyroid produces the hormones that regulate your metabolism. The proximity of these organs almost begs us to assume an inherent relationship between respiration, oxygen, and metabolism. Oxygen feeds the fire of your metabolism. Like snuffing out a candle, a lack of oxygen all but extinguishes your metabolism. Under certain conditions, oxygen gets scarce in your blood. When oxygen is scarce, what's the thyroid to do? Your thyroid will naturally shift to a hypoactive state. The placement of your thyroid close to the lungs is not coincidental, but has meaning. The thyroid tends to get a lot of the blame in the metabolism & weight loss game. The thyroid approach can leave you feeling a little fatalistic about metabolism - as if it's a fixed thing - you were either born with a high or a low metabolism and there's nothing you can do about it. But the foods you eat can affect your metabolism. Rich foods such as bread, cheese and sugar, depress your metabolism because they thicken your bodily fluids. As your blood thickens, it becomes harder to circulate. Your circulation is responsible for carrying oxygen to all the cells of the body. When blood is thick and sluggish, oxygen delivery is thwarted, depressing your metabolism. A thick coating of mucus in your lungs doesn't help. The mucus thwarts absorption of oxygen. So you should avoid these foods if you have a low metabolism, no matter what your thyroid count is. The effect of thick blood on your metabolism is similar to a campfire with too many logs on it. If you've ever built a fire then you've probably had this experience. When there are too many logs, the fire starts to smolder. The vitality of the fire becomes dim and smoky. It becomes a very cloudy, and unclear. Once your fire is choked, it takes even longer to burn off the logs. If you had a nice roaring fire and threw a bunch of logs on it the fire would rip right through it. But when your metabolism is already smoldering, adding more rich food just slows down your whole system. Everything gets stagnant and dim, starting with metabolism, but also including your digestion. Even thinking becomes difficult, and your thoughts cloudy. This literally happens because of the changes in your blood. Low thyroid is simply the end of a chain reaction. If you set off a long string of dominoes on a table - thyroid might be the last one to tumble. But the process started a long back. In order to rectify it, you must start at the beginning. Depressed metabolism, when Kapha thick blood is the cause, is considered to be a circulatory problem. Home Remedies for Low Metabolism Breathing & Low Thyroid In Ayurveda, oxygen is closely related to prana, or life force. Yogic breathing exercises, called pranayama, can help keep your diaphragm toned, and quickly oxygenate your blood. This leaves you feeling refreshed. Pranayama is one of the most effective home remedies for low thyroid. Click here to learn the most common types of pranayama. If your thyroid is low, your smooth muscle tissue may lose strength and tone. Your heart, diaphragm, and intestines will become weak. As your diaphragm weakens, your breath becomes shallow and you get even less oxygen. Pranayama is a great way to strengthen your diaphragm and get a full breath again. Pranayama also help circulate the blood in your core, improving your circulation in general. Exercise is another way to improve your metabolism. Like pranayama, moderate exercise like walking improves your circulation, strengthens your muscles, and oxygenates your blood. The following yoga poses can help your thyroid gland: Interlock hands behind the back and take a deep breath. Stretch the thyroid with fish pose, plow pose, shoulder stand Sun salutations to increase cardiac rate Lung openers in general are good for thyroid Diet for Low Thyroid If you eat heavy foods your digestion may feel sluggish for a few hours. Sluggishness may resolve in your digestive tract quickly, when it gets pushed to the blood it can take a month or more to burn off. A practitioner can help decongest your blood faster with a custom cleanse. A modest guided cleanse can speed up the process of resetting your blood and metabolism. Green vegetables, and especially those with bitter taste, increase prana, making you feel fresh and vital. Examples include chicory, red leaf lettuce & cooked kale. Avoid raw cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale but these are fine when cooked. Avoid water containing fluoride, which was used as a thyroid suppressant in the 1950s. Spices like ginger & black pepper stimulate your heart rate and get your circulation moving. Your circulation can also be improved through warm teas, turmeric, mild exercise, stretching, and massage. Beliefs that Support Your Thyroid Speak up for your beliefs! Some people feel a lump in their throat when they are faced with a challenging discussion. Pathological submission, inability to speak, & lack of righteousness is the spiritual cause of hashimotos and hypothyroid. The world needs your input and ideas to be made whole. Low Thyroid & Dry Skin Blood flow to your skin may be diminished, causing dryness. The bowels may also become dry. To keep your blood flow strong, try an herbal tea with lemon, turmeric, and cinnamon. See Remedies for Hypothyroid CD.

    • Plant Powered Living

      Improving Your Thyroid Health – Naturally by Ken Dorr at Plant Powered Living - It’s very important to know your Thyroid, it’s function and how to keep it healthy on a daily basis. Our soil is very depleted of minerals. Iodine is one of many that our body needs more of. Our thyroid gland which is a part of our endocrine system and in fact is one of the largest endocrine glands in the body, helps keep our hormones in balance. Our pituitary gland (“The Master Gland”)

    • Nell Rose

      Hyperthyroid And Hypothyroid What Your Doctor Doesn't Tell You A Simple Guide. I have both hyper and hypo, this is my story of how I had to diagnose my thyroid problem myself, and choose the right meds. Everything you need to know about how it feels, symptoms and meds, including side effects.

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