It's Thyroid Awareness Month. Here's What You Need to Know

iStock_000028267926MediumThe thyroid is the butterfly shaped gland located just below the center of your neck.

It lives on the endocrine system with its brother and sister glands, the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal, parathyroid, thymus, pancreas, adrenals, and gonads (ovaries and testes).

These endocrine glands secrete hormones that evoke specific responses in cells, tissues and/or organs throughout the entire body.

The thyroid specifically secretes hormone that is responsible for the metabolism of oxygen and glucose. Without the metabolism of oxygen and glucose, our cells won’t get the energy they need to thrive.

“The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triodothyronine (T3). These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4. Thyroid hormones are then released into the blood stream and transported throughout the body where they control metabolism (conversion of oxygen and calories to energy). Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism.”[1]

To support proper functioning of this hardworking gland your body requires good quality protein plus iodine (as well as many other factors) to create those essential thyroid hormones.

The ocean is a great place to find iodine-rich protein foods that can nourish the thyroid and give it the nutrients needed to do it’s job.

Try these two yummy recipes and give your thyroid some love!

Salmon Miso Soup 










Fabulous Fish Chowder







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[1] http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/thyroid/how-your-thyroid-works