Of all the organs in the body, your thyroid gland is perhaps the most ignored. Surprisingly, your thyroid gland is responsible for a variety of functions. It is also the source of many medical problems that can arise and deteriorate your overall health. It's time to get to know your thyroid better. Let's get started…
What Is Your Thyroid Gland and What Are Its Functions?
The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate body functions like blood pressure, heart rate, and even the rate in which food converts to energy. This means that the thyroid plays a critical role in regulating your body’s metabolism and growth. Your thyroid gland consistently releases a certain amount of these hormones into your blood to properly regulate bodily functions mentioned above. The hormones that your thyroid produces are:
2. Triiodothyronine (also known as T3)
3. Thyroxine (also known as T4)
Both the T3 and T4 hormones are responsible for regulating your metabolism. Some of the things that these hormones help your body to do are:
- Raise your body temperature
- Help your heart to beat stronger and faster
- Give your body energy to help break down food and utilize your food more efficiently.
- Promote healthy brain growth.
Calcitonin, on the other hand, helps to increase the metabolism in your bones and to help your body to efficiently process calcium. Both of these functions help your bones to grow and to remain as strong as possible. It also helps to ensure that you do not develop possible bone deficiencies in the future.