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Environmental Factors Behind Thyroid Disease | Wellness Clinic

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of the neck. It's in charge of releasing essential thyroid hormones which control the body's metabolism, the way the body uses energy. The thyroid gland's hormones regulate vital body functions, such as breathing, heart rate, central and peripheral nervous systems, body temperature and more.

What causes autoimmune thyroid disease?
As essential as the thyroid gland is, however, the body's own immune system can sometimes malfunction and attack this important endocrine organ, ultimately affecting its function. Autoimmune thyroid diseases, like Hashimoto's thyroid disease and Graves' disease, have been on the rise in the United States. While the diagnosis of thyroid disease has increased, many doctors still don't know the cause of the issue, but these have been linked to several factors.

Environmental Factors for AITD
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Pilates For A Healthy Spine




Pilates for Pain


Exercise can help with back pain—you’ve probably heard that before. And Pilates tops the list of “helpful for your back” exercises.

This shows 4 Pilates moves to prevent pain. Of course, talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise plan.



Warm-up Your Spine with this Exercise




Cat/Cow




The cat/cow stretch lengthens and strengthens the muscles along your spine.

  • Start on hands (shoulder-distance apart) and knees (hip-distance apart).

  • Inhale and look up as you slightly arch your spine. Then exhale, engage your abdominal muscles, and draw your belly button toward your spine as you gaze at your navel. Repeat 5 to 10 times every day.



Chest Lift




Not Your Average Sit-up


The chest lift is similar to a basic crunch. The difference? This move deeply targets your abs.

  • Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat (hip-distance apart). Bring hands behind head with fingertips touching. Elbows are wide open.

  • Inhale, and then as you exhale, pull belly button toward the spine and lift the shoulders off the ground (leading with chest). Really use your abs to lift—not your neck. Inhale again as you release toward the ground. Repeat 6 to 8 times daily.



Pelvic Curl




A Pose to Help Ease Low Back Pain




Doing this exercise regularly teaches you how to engage your abs to help support and lengthen the low back.

  • Start by lying on your back with knees bent and feet flat (hip-distance apart).

  • Arms are straight along the sides of your body and palms are touching the ground. Inhale deeply and engage your abs as you lift your hips off the floor—vertebra by vertebra.

  • Exhale and roll back down very slowly, engaging core muscles. Link breath with movement. Repeat 3 to 5 times daily.



Child’s Pose




An Easy, Restorative Stretch




This move really stretches tight, sore low back muscles.

  • From hands and knees, bring hips toward heels, and stretch arms in front of you so palms are touching the ground.

  • Press forehead gently to the floor and do some deep belly breathing. Bring hands toward the legs to slowly sit up. Repeat 3 times daily.


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