Keep Your Thyroid in Top Condition with This Juice
The thyroid gland is one of the biggest endocrine glands in the entire body and its located low on the front of the neck. It looks like a butterfly and it has two side lobes that are connected by a bridge in the middle. Since it has such a crucial role for the body its really important to make sure its always in great shape.
The important role of the thyroid
The thyroid is rich with the blood vessels. The nerves are important so the voice quality can pass through the gland. The thyroid has a crucial role for the body as it secretes numerous hormones called thyroxine(T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These hormones are responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism, growth, development and one’s body temperature. It is also regulates the heart, digestive function, muscle control, brain development and bone maintenance. The thyroid gland is also in control of how fast the body uses energy, makes proteins and controls how sensitive the body is to other hormones.
Maintaining your thyroid in top condition
There are a lot of things that can go wrong with your thyroid gland. Common thyroid disorders are hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, and hypothyroidism, which is the underproduction of the thyroid. These conditions require a supervision by a doctor, preferably endocrinologist, and any recommendations by your doctor should take precedence.
When I researched the subject of how to maintain the thyroid in top condition, I’ve seen that radishes and radish juice came at the top of the list regarding balancing the activity of the thyroid gland. Dr. Mercola mentioned that radishes and radish juice can be quite beneficial. This is because a sulphur compound found in the radish (called raphanin) is a regulator of the thyroid hormones. When enough of this sulphur compound is circulating in the bloodstream, the thyroid is less apt to over or under produce these hormones.
One of the main problems that this group was facing during research was how much and how long to take this tonic. This was a real life problem, since there is no medical research on this topic, the exact dosage hasn’t had a time frame determined yet. It’s probably best to start with 1/2 cup of radish juice mix into vegetable juice or smoothie, which will take about 1 typical bunch of radishes to make.
Dr. Mercola recommends that a thyroid tonic of radishes mix in with carrot or cucumber juice with celery and lemon. Carrots contain a great source of beta-carotene which is the precursor for vitamin A in the body. If you don’t have enough vitamin A in the body it will make it difficult to produce thyroid stimulating hormone. B- complex vitamins are needed so the thyroid can work properly. Cucumber contains B vitamin, which is why they are great for nourishing the thyroid glands. Dr. Mercola recommends to add a pinch of powered kelp or seaweeds to boost iodine. Iodine is an essential trace mineral that will allow the thyroid to work properly, eating foods that are high in iodine will ensure that the thyroid properly functions. Research has shown many times that a lack of iodine can enlarge the thyroid gland, and have symptoms like fatigue, slow metabolism, weight gain and can also weaken the immune system.
This juice is used for a general maintenance of the thyroid gland and is not intended to treat thyroid disorders. These needs to be treated by a professional health practitioner. Just like you maintain the healthy function of any other organ in your body, such as the liver, kidneys or colon, it’s important to nourish the thyroid gland so it works more efficiently. However a caution should be applied if you have any special condition with your thyroid and any recommendations by your doctor should take precedence. For example, Dr. Weil when talking about under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism) recommends against excessive intake of certain foods (called goitrogens), which radish is one of them, and while you don’t have to avoid these foods completely, don’t overdo them either.