There is a small butterfly shaped gland located in the front of the throat just above the breast bone. This gland is called the thyroid. It produces several closely related hormones which assist in the regulation of many different body functions.
Hypothyroidsm (Underactive Thyroid):
This is a condition wherein the thyroid gland is unable to produce enough of its hormones to meet the needs of the body.
Chronic Day to Day fatigue is the most common symptom of an underactive thyroid. This is not hard to understand when it is realized that thyroxine (the primary hormone released by the thyroid gland) is necessary to stimulate the conversion of riboflavin (vitamin B-2) to FMN and FAD. These two coenzymes are absolutely essential in the mitochondria (energy factories) of every cell in the body for the creation of energy.
Many “lazy” children, teenagers, husbands and wives are not lazy, they simply lack energy because of an underactive thyroid.
With the loss of cellular energy, the body becomes cooler. The heart slows down, further cooling the body. A sensation of coldness was reported by 92%, cold skin by 81% and decreased sweating by 78% of those with an underactive thyroid. At the university of Chicago School of Medicine it was learned that cooling of the body results in a decline in the production of our blood cells in the marrow of the bones which means less oxygen is delivered to the cells creating a further reduction in energy.
You may want to test yourself to see if you have hypothyroidism. Simply shake down an ordinary fever thermometer and place it on the night stand beside the bed when you retire for the night. First thing in the morning as soon as you wake upbefore doing any thing else, place the thermometer in your bare armpit. Leave it there for 10 mins by the clock and record the temperature on paper. Repeat for 5 mornings in a row and record the average. Menstruating women should not do one week prior to the onset of the menstrual flow. If the temperature is between 98.2 and 97.8 your thyroid is normal. If it is below 97.8 you may have an underactive thyroid. Some will be as low as 94.8 and may have signs of hypothyroidism. This test was developed by Dr. Broda O. Barnes, thyroid specialist, after 50 years of research. Dr. Barnes states that this test is far more accurate than any blood test because it measures the actual activity level of hormone for your own body.
This unique combination synergistically provides all of the essential nutrients required by the thyroid gland for the production of hormones.