We’re all born with one, but very few of us know about thyroid function and singing. The Thyroid gland plays an important role in your overall health, and it can also have a significant impact on your singing.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped or bow-like shaped gland that is situated between the larynx and the top of the sternum. It functions as a part of the endocrine system producing and releasing hormones into your bloodstream; namely Triiodothyronine (T3) and Thyroxine (T4). Primarily, these two hormones help to manage your body’s metabolism; the chemical processes within your living cells necessary for maintaining life. T3 and T4 also assist the body in maintaining core temperature, sustain appetite and contribute to the health of your primary organs including your heart, brain and kidneys. All in all, your Thyroid is a pretty important organ.
The dysfunction of the thyroid is generally expressed as either Hypothyroidism, that is the under-functioning of the thyroid or Hyperthyroidism which is the over functioning of the thyroid. Hypothyroidism results in a slowed metabolism. Hyperthyroidism, causes the thyroid to release increased amounts of T3 and T4. The overstimulated thyroid has the opposite effect of Hypothyroidism ‘increasing metabolism.’
If you suspect your suffering from Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism for that matter, then your vocal condition is almost certainly secondary to your overall physical health. As always, if the symptoms I’ve listed today ring true to your current experience, then I highly recommend you visit your family doctor who will direct you along the right roads to recovery.
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