Lifestyle Choices and the Thyroid
What is the Thyroid?
The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the frontal neck region. Although physically small, this component of the human endocrine system has repercussions of major proportions. It is heavily involved in the production and distribution of hormones that are crucial in a wide range of bodily functions., some of which include:
- Metabolism—the rate at which calories are burned
- Body temperature
- Heartbeat rhythm
- Digestion processes
- Muscle contraction
- Hair growth and soft tissue repair
What Happens When Thyroid Function Becomes Impaired?
Thyroid dysfunction is oftentimes investigated first when problems arise with any of the aforementioned functions. Sudden weight gain or loss with no obvious explanation is typically the motivation for seeing a doctor; however, an interruption in any of these functions can alter a person’s wellbeing enough to warrant a checkup.
While all possible symptoms of a poorly performing thyroid may not be present, most of them are individually problematic enough that treatment is needed. Another common indication of thyroid disfunction is brain-fog or sluggish cognitive functions that can adversely affect many aspects of life. Thinning hair, dry skin, agitation, mood swings and severe body temperature fluctuations are also common signs of a struggling thyroid gland.
What Causes Thyroid Dysfunction?
There are multiple ways in which a thyroid may fall behind in its expected functions. Autoimmune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s, genetics and unhealthy lifestyle choices are all factors that can alter how a thyroid gland operates.
While genetic predispositions may not be in our control, the way in which we live is entirely at our discretion. Being physically sedentary on a regular basis and ingesting harmful foods and substances can play a major role in thyroid health. The human body does possess a measure of adaptability to various environments; however, the way in which it primarily operates has remained the same throughout history—despite the evolution of food sources. Constantly eating foods and beverages that contain high levels of bad cholesterol, sugars and artificial preservatives can damage the thyroid gland beyond the body’s capability to repair itself. This creates physical symptoms that can only be controlled by daily medications and a supplemental lifestyle change.
What is Healthy YOU Vending Doing?
Healthy YOU Vending has a passion for elevating the way humans live. We believe that optimal health is the key to happiness for individuals and families. Our focus is, and always has been, to offer something better. Making sensible choices when caring for our bodies is an opportunity to offset any genetic vulnerabilities that may be waiting for a hazardous trigger. We provide healthier food, snack and beverage options that fuel the body without the unwanted risks that accompany many modern edibles available today. Accessibility is a key component when trying to live a life of optimal wellness. At Healthy YOU Vending we strive to create pathways of better living for ourselves and our families.