The Thyroid Gland Part 1 – Fat Loss, Muscle Growth, and Diet

In this series I am going to write about the thyroid gland and the hormones that it produces (or that it no longer produces). Although the term “thyroid”‘ is often associated with fat loss, the thyroid also helps to gain or lose muscle. It therefore has other functions which will be described after we have established some simple ideas of physiology. I also reserve a large place for explaining why it slows down during a diet and how to restart it in a natural way.

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