The thyroid gland is located at the base of your neck. It is a very important gland that produces a hormone that helps regulate your entire body’s metabolism, heart rate, temperature, growth and development.
The thyroid gland can be functionally underactive or overactive. The thyroid can be enlarged, have benign nodules and rarely malignant nodules.
Knowing when to check your thyroid is important.
Thyroid diseases can be classified into 3 main categories namely…
- Hypothyrodism – It happens if one has an underactive thyroid.
- Hyperthyrodism – In this condition there is an overdrive of the thyroid hormone in the blood due to an overactive thyroid gland that secretes abundant hormones.
- Thyroid Enlargement – In this condition thyroid disease occurs due to the structural changes in the gland.
Here are the symptoms of thyroid…
Monitor for symptoms of hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism is the condition where you have an underactive thyroid. All forms of hypothyroidism can be caused by viral infections, radiation damage, medications, pregnancy, etc.
Symptoms of an underactive thyroid include…
- Hair loss
- Unexplained weight gain
- Intolerance to cold
- Severe & Constant fatigue
- Changes in the menstrual cycle
- Dry & Coarse hair
- Dry skin
- Disturbed sleep cycle like wanting to sleep all the time
- Decreased heart rate
- Muscle weakness
Watch for symptoms of hyperthyroidism
Hyperthyroidism is the condition where you have an overactive thyroid. This condition can be a result of Grave’s disease, tumors, thyroiditis (inflammation), thyroid nodules and some medications.
Symptoms of an overactive thyroid include…
- Rapid heart rate
- Increased respiratory rate
- Frequent diarrhea
- Fine hair falling out
- Unexplained weight loss
- Nervousness, irritability, feeling energetic
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Intolerance to heat
- Reddish skin which may be itchy
- Extreme fatigue
- Forgetfulness and confusion in thought process
- Feeling cold all the time
- Repeated bouts of constipation
- Bloating or fluid retention in the body
- Stiffness in joints and muscles along with aches and pains
- Menorrhagia, excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
- Medication – It is the first line of treatment to reduce the hyperactivity of the gland and control the levels of hormone in the body.
- Surgery – A surgery might be suggested for a number of reasons – either to remove a diseased part of the gland, to remove nodules or to remove an enlarged gland completely.
- Yoga – It will help you keep thyroid in control.
Here are a few yoga poses that can help keep thyroid problem under control.
Yoga Asanas For Hypothyroidism are…
- Surya Namaskar
Yoga Asanas For Hyperthyroidism include..
- Shishu asana
- Surya Namaskar
Healing Thyroid Naturally :-
There are some natural ways to heal your thyroid without any medical treatment requirement.
- Eating right food – It includes food contains good nutrition to get the iodine, selenium and vitamins.
- Limit the pre-packed & processed food – Processing means foods that contain sugar. This can worsen your thyroid problems. Also avoid food which is too white, such as white bread, white rice, white pasta, it has been overly processed. Instead, you can take whole grain bread, brown rice and whole grain pasta.
- Include more fruits & vegetables in your diet – Choose to eat local, seasonal & organic produce.
- Limit your meat intake – Try to eat less meat, particularly red meat.
- Boost your fish consumption – Fish is good quality protein. It has high amounts of the healthy omega-3 fats.
- Include beans & legumes in your diet – Legumes include foods like lentils and contains more vitamins and minerals needed by the thyroid to make thyroid hormone.
- Reduce your sugar intake – To keep your sugar levels low, choose complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains.
- Get enough iodine – If you eat a diet that includes moderate amounts of salt and some red meat, you probably get plenty of iodine.
- Drink plenty of water – Always stay hydrated by drinking water.
- Do exercise and take enough rest – It reduces your stress level.