(Kayla Garritano/ Eat This, Not That) — Your thyroid is an important gland at the base of your neck. It creates and produces hormones that work with many different systems throughout your body, including releasing and controlling thyroid hormones that control metabolism– the process where the food you take into your body is transformed into energy. If you suffer from thyroid disease, it’s because your thyroid is producing too much or too little of these hormones.
There are several types of thyroid disease, such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, all of which can be caused by different things such as an iodine deficiency or even genetics. Registered dietitian Molly Hembree, MS, RD, LD, a member of our Medical Expert Board notes that that the most common thyroid condition is an underactive thyroid, or “hypothyroidism.” (…)