Thyroid Health, Selenium, and Geography

The thyroid gland, is a small, butterfly-shaped organ positioned at the front of the neck, is best known for being a metabolic powerhouse. This gland’s primary role is to secrete thyroid hormones, which regulate metabolism, protein synthesis, and healthy growth and development of children. Underactive (hypothyroid) and overactive (hyperthyroid) states result in the under- or overproduction of thyroid hormones, which cause a wide range of effects and symptoms that target numerous organ systems in the body (cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, endocrine, reproductive, metabolic rate, sleep, mood, etc).  To learn more about thyroid health and symptoms, click here. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, caused by a deleterious,