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Common Thyroid Problems Linked to This Ultra-Important Vitamin

You might already know that vitamin D works with calcium to keep your bones healthy.

But what about your thyroid?

Even if you eat a diet that contains plenty of vitamin D or take a vitamin D supplement, you might still have low levels of vitamin D.

Problems with your thyroid can lead to stubborn weight gain, thinning hair, constipation, brain fog, and even infertility. And there’s a strong link between low levels of vitamin D and thyroid disorders. Scientists have known about the relationship between vitamin D and the thyroid for decades.

For example, we know that:

  • Receptors for vitamin D and thyroid hormone look a lot alike.
  • Receptors for vitamin D are found within the thyroid gland.

These discoveries led scientists to explore how vitamin D fits into the overall picture of thyroid health. They found that low levels of vitamin D are linked to Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and thyroid cancer.

While this doesn’t mean that thyroid disease is caused by vitamin D deficiency—it does imply that vitamin D plays an important role in the overall health of your thyroid.

VITAMIN D LINKED TO AUTOIMMUNE THYROID TROUBLES

Immune cells are loaded with receptors that are waiting to bind with vitamin D.

But what are they doing there?

Scientists found that vitamin D silences some inflammatory signals. It also makes the immune system more flexible, meaning it’s less likely to fall out of balance and into autoimmunity.

A recently published study looked at the impact of vitamin D deficiency in folks who are otherwise healthy. Researchers found that low levels of vitamin D are associated with a higher risk of thyroid antibodies—which are found in those with autoimmune thyroid disorders, like Graves’ disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

While previous research had underscored the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and those with autoimmune thyroid disorders, this was the first study to look closely at the impact of vitamin D deficiency in healthy men and women.

Even when autoimmunity isn’t present, inflammation within the body can reduce levels of circulating thyroid hormones. Vitamin D stops inflammation and the expression of pro-inflammatory messages.

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You can improve vitamin D absorption by eating fermented veggies every day to heal a leaky gut.

The Veggie Culture Starter makes it easy and convenient to ferment vegetables at home. And it is now available at Pathways Holistic Center.