The thyroid (pronounced: THY-royd), located in the front part of the lower neck, is shaped like a bow tie or butterfly and produces the thyroid hormones thyroxine (pronounced: thy-RAHK-sin) and triiodothyronine (pronounced: try-eye-oh-doe-THY-ruh-neen).
These hormones control the rate at which cells burn fuels from food to produce energy.
The production and release of thyroid hormones is controlled by thyrotropin (pronounced: thy-ruh-TRO-pin), which is secreted by the pituitary gland.
The more thyroid hormone there is in a person’s bloodstream, the faster chemical reactions occur in the body.
Why are thyroid hormones so important? There are several reasons — for example, they help kids’ and teens’ bones grow and develop, and they also play a role in the development of the brain and nervous system in kids. Parathyroids
Attached to the thyroid are four tiny glands that function together called the parathyroids (pronounced: par-uh-THY-roydz). They release parathyroid hormone, which regulates the level of calcium in the blood with the help of calcitonin (pronounced: kal-suh-TOE-nin), which is produced in the thyroid.
How Your Thyroid Works
Your car engine produces energy, but you tell it how fast to go by stepping on the accelerator. The thyroid also needs some direction; it gets this from your pituitary gland, which is located at the base of your brain. No larger than a pea, the pituitary gland is sometimes known as the “master gland” because it controls the functions of the thyroid and the other glands that make up the endocrine system. Your pituitary gland sends messages to your thyroid gland, telling it how much thyroid hormone to make. These messages come in the form of thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
When Things Go Wrong
The HPT axis is a highly efficient network of communication. Normally, the thyroid doles out just the right amount of hormone to keep your body running smoothly. TSH levels remain fairly constant, yet they respond to the slightest changes in T4 levels and vice versa. But even the best networks are subject to interference.
When outside influences such as disease, damage to the thyroid or certain medicines break down communication, your thyroid might not produce enough hormone. This would slow down all of your body’s functions, a condition known as hypothyroidism or underactive thyroid. Your thyroid could also produce too much hormone sending your systems into overdrive, a condition known as hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid. These two conditions are most often features of an underlying thyroid disease.
The thyroid’s hormones regulate vital body functions, including:
Central and peripheral nervous systems
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If your thyroid gland isn’t working properly, neither are you.
THYROID AND OUR EMOTIONS AND EXPRESSION
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The seven chakras are the centers in your body through which energy flows, according to Hindu, Buddhist and Jain beliefs. The other chakras include the root (base of spine), sacral (lower abdomen), solar plexus (upper abdomen), heart, third eye (between eyes), and crown (top of the head).
Take a deeper look at the throat chakra, your fifth chakra, it is also known as your will center and how honestly you express yourself.
Being untruthful violates the physical body and the spiritual component of the whole self.
Choices and Your Throat Chakra
You speak your choices using your voice and your throat. All choices you make can have consequences on an energetic level, either positively or negatively.
If you choose avoidance and decide not to make a choice, it can also affect the wellbeing of the throat chakra in an adverse way. For example, if you repress your anger and choose to not speak out, it could manifest itself into laryngitis.
You probably have experienced a lump in your throat when you feel stymied or find yourself at a crossroads of not knowing how to speak the right words in any given situation, perhaps even dampening your own emotions.
Honesty and the Throat Chakra
The healthfulness of the throat chakra is signified by how openly and honestly you can express yourself. The biggest challenge affecting the throat chakra is expressing yourself in the most truthful manner.
Ask yourself how honest you are in conveying truthfulness, not only to others, but also to yourself. It might seem odd, but a habitual liar will often begin to believe his own deceptions to some degree. When you present yourself outwardly through speech and demeanor in a false way you are infecting the energy intake and outtake flow of your throat chakra.
Do not lose your authenticity, it can cause the throat chakra to shut down.
The throat chakra is often associated with the thyroid gland in the human endocrine system. This gland is in the neck and produces hormones essential for growth and maturation. Excessive stress, namely fear and fear from speaking out, can affect the throat chakra, and thyroid problems may occur. Singing is a harmless and beneficial way of stimulating the throat chakra, whereas rubbing or hitting the throat area is not and can be harmful.
Due to its proximity to the ears. It is also associated with hearing. The throat chakra governs how we receive and assimilate information.
Throat Chakra At a Glance
|Physical location||Throat, neck region|
|Purposes||Learning to take responsibility for one’s own needs|
|Spiritual lesson||Confession, surrender personal will over to divine will, faith, truthfulness over deceit and dishonesty|
|Physical dysfunctions||Laryngitis, voice problems, thyroid condition, gum or tooth issues, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder)|
|Mental/emotional issues||Personal expression, creativity, addiction, criticism, faith, decision making (choices), will, lack of authority|
|Attributes||Self-knowledge, truth, attitudes, hearing, taste, smell|
|Area of body governed||Throat, thyroid, trachea, neck vertebrae, mouth, teeth, gums, esophagus, parathyroid, hypothalamus, ears|
|Crystals/gemstones||Chrysocola, lapis, blue opal|
|Flower essences||Cosmos, trumpet vine, larch|
Heal Your Chakras
If you feel you have damaged your chakras, you have some self-healing to do. You can reform yourself by making positive choices. There are also ways to exercise your chakras and fuel them properly with the right foods.
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