For a tiny gland, your thyroid has a big role [...]
Over-exposure to fluoride is common and may cause a variety of serious side effects, including dental fluorosis (permanent discoloration of enamel), thyroid disease, kidney disease, and lowered IQ in children, just to name a few. Now, a new study links fluoride consumption with increased rates of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) among children.
Most recently, the largest fluoride study ever conducted has linked heightened exposure to fluoridated water with an increased risk of developing hypothyroidism. The study undermines the outdated practice, showing strong evidence that water fluoridation might have a long-term toxic effect on the population. Read more on fluoride free dentistry, a non-toxic approach that creates healthy teeth and gums for life.
Iodine is an essential mineral, and most of the American population does not consume enough of this nutrient. In the United States most medical doctors believe that people get enough iodine from iodized table salt, but this is not true. It has been found that 1 in 10 Americans does not get the proper amount of iodine. Iodine is responsible for many roles in the body. It is needed for proper thyroid function –the thyroid gland regulates most of the endocrine system-- cellular metabolism, healthy hormone production, cancer prevention and immune response. It is also required to maintain a healthy immune system, and it is known for its other benefits such as its anti-cancer, antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties.
Thyroid conditions make it difficult for the body to produce and regulate a normal amount of very important hormones. This causes a ripple effect that may throw major organs and body systems out of sync. In terms of oral health, the side effects of a thyroid condition may cause serious changes in both the function and health of the tongue, teeth, and gums.
There are 3 main types of thyroid conditions that may adversely affect your overall health: Hashimoto’s Disease, hypothyroidism, and hyperthyroidism. Each of these conditions inhibits the thyroid’s ability to produce a normal and healthy amount of thyroid hormone. It is important to always consult your physician if you suspect you may have a health condition, particularly if you notice symptoms associated with Hashimoto’s disease, Hyperthyroidism, or Hypothyroidism (as side effects may have a profoundly negative impact on physical, mental, and emotional health). After learning more about the specific condition that is affecting your thyroid health, you may learn more about the medications and natural remedies that are available to help.