Thyroid series – Part 1
The thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland found in your neck responsible for maintaining several metabolic processes in the body such as body temperature and metabolic rate. In other words, the thyroid is a very busy gland. Because the thyroid is so busy it needs help from other parts of the body so it knows when to speed up or slow down. So, enters TSH. TSH stands for thyroid stimulating hormone. TSH gets released from the brain and travels to the thyroid with specific instructions to the thyroid whether it should produce more or less thyroid hormone. It is important to know what your TSH value is. An optimal TSH number should be between 1 and 2. However, if you have Hashimoto thyroiditis (an autoimmune condition that affects the thyroid) your TSH range will be different. So stay tuned for the Thyroid series – Part 2 where I will be addressing Hashimoto’s and TSH.