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Get to Know Your Thyroid Gland

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:

1. Calcitonin
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.

 

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Topics: Family Practice, Diet, Women's Health

What is the Paleo Diet?

If you are looking for healthier ways to eat, it’s likely you’ve heard of the Paleo Diet at some point or another. While the name can be intimidating, it’s really quite a simple diet. The idea of the diet is to promote healthy eating by only eating food that existed in the Paleolithic period, when cavemen roamed the earth. If you have been wondering whether your family could benefit from this type of diet, there are a few things you should know before you dive in head first. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about the diet - take a few minutes to read a little bit about this lifestyle change to decide whether it fits with your family or not.

 

What Can You Eat on the Paleo Diet?

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Topics: Diet, Healthy Recipes, Food

E-Cigarettes: Helpful or Harmful?

E-Cigarettes have become increasingly popular over the past few years, and they are still growing in popularity today. However, not much is known about these new forms of cigarettes and there are many questions left unanswered. Are e-cigarettes safe? Are they as harmful as real cigarettes? Are there any benefits to using them? 

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Topics: Family Practice, Safety

How Your Kids’ Heavy Backpacks are Harming their Back

As we prepare for the new school season, it is wise to consider the effects that heavy backpacks may have on the health of our children. A well-constructed backpack with two adjustable wide padded straps and a length of no more than four inches below the child's waistline are just a few basic prerequisites for backpack safety, but the ultimate weight carried on the back of the child should also be a major consideration.

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Topics: Child Health Care, Pain, Chiropractic Care

The Ins and Outs of ObamaCare

You have probably heard the term “Obama Care” used on and off for the last few years, but do you know what ObamaCare is and how it will affect you? The problem for many people is that there has been so much information out there, that it is difficult to determine fact from fiction, and know exactly what is included in the official program. Below is some great information about the ins and outs of ObamaCare and to help you determine how the passage of this health care reform will affect you personally.

 

What Is Obama Care?

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Topics: Family Practice, Insurance, Williams IntegraCare

Coconut Oil: Fact vs. Myth

The continual research on the health benefits of coconut oil has confirmed and helped explain the claims of traditional and alternative health experts that the coconut, as well as its derivative products, contain astonishing properties that many consider it worthy of the title "superfood." Below are a few interesting and informative aspects of coconut oil, check it out!

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Topics: Diet, Healthy Recipes, Holistic Health

What is the DMR Method?

When you tell your kids they are being a pain in the neck, you may not be exaggerating as much as you think. Bending to help your children eat, bathe, go the bathroom, get dressed, pick up their toys, color a photo, clean a scrape and search for monsters under their bed can take a toll on your body.

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Topics: Pain, Chiropractic Care

What is Omega 3 and Why Should It Be in Your Diet?

Omega fatty acids have recently become a popular subject of study by scientists and nutritionists. Since 1989, when cholesterol was linked to heart disease, science has put much energy into understanding the subtleties of various kinds of fat and their functions within the body. Of the various types of fat, the omegas are the only group considered essential for bodily function.

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Topics: Diet, Healthy Recipes, Food

Choose Summer Shoes That are Good for Your Feet (and Your Body)

Many people look forward to celebrating the season of sun by liberating their feet from the hot and sweaty boots and shoes of winter, and indeed, there are benefits from wearing shoes that allow the feet to breathe and bathe in sunshine. However, when shopping for one's summer sandals, it should be kept in mind that some choices are certainly wiser than others.

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Topics: Pain, Chiropractic Care

How to Identify Gluten Intolerance Symptoms

Gluten intolerance is gaining importance and attention. This is a health condition that affects more people than most realize. It may be the source behind various ongoing health and weight related conditions that have gone unchecked. There are a few things about gluten intolerance that you need to understand, including symptoms, before making the necessary dietary changes that will improve your health.

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Topics: Allergies, Diet, Food