Thyroid causes and symptoms
Thyroid disorders arise when the thyroid gland either overproduces (hyperthyroidism) or underproduces (hypothyroidism) the thyroid hormones. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, pituitary or hypothalamic disease and severe iodine deficiency are the most common causes of hypothyroidism.
Hypothyroidism patients tend to feel tired, experience excessive hair growth on the face, gain weight, lack in concentrating, suffer from constipation, irregular menstrual cycles, feel too much cold and depressed.
People suffering from hyperthyroidism gain weight, are intolerant towards heat, sweat too much, develop anxiety, and in some cases, sore and gritty eyes are also the symptoms.
Diet for thyroid patients
Food items that need to be avoided in hypothyroidism condition are cauliflower, brussels sprouts, raw leafy green vegetables like spinach, mustard greens, sweet potatoes, peaches, strawberries, walnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, cabbage, broccoli, radish. One should also stay away from coffee, green tea, potato chips, cookies, crackers.
Food items recommended for hypothyroidism patients: Eggs, lamb, beef, chicken, salmon, tuna, halibut, shrimp, berries, bananas, oranges, tomatoes, milk, cheese, yogurt, lamb and chicken.
Hyperthyroidism: Egg whites, bamboo shoots, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, dried beans, lentils, nuts, chicken and turkey, red meat, flaxseed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil and collard greens can be beneficial.
People suffering from Hyperthyroidism should avoid lobster, sushi, carrots, cucumber, pumpkin, carrageen, prawns, crabs, fish, seaweed, milk and dairy products, lettuce, beets, spinach and parsley, egg yolks, iodised salt, processed meats, celery.
Women and thyroid connection
National Center for Biotechnology Information data says that around 42 million people in India suffer from thyroid-related disorders; notably, 60 per cent of which are women. The women who are diagnosed with thyroid tend to have irregular menstrual periods, fertility issues, complications during pregnancy. Most of the thyroid disorders are auto-immune in nature and women are more prone to auto-immune diseases (inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes mellitus Type 1, celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis) can get affected very easily.
Hyperthyroidism in pregnant women can lead to premature birth, miscarriage, preeclampsia, and congestive heart failure.
Ayurveda treatment for Thyroid
Head massage with eranda oil
Yoga asanas for Hyperthyroidism treatment:
Setubandhasana – (Bridge Pose)
Marjariasana – (Cat Stretch)
Shishu asana – (Child Pose)
Shavasana – (Corpse Pose)
Slow-paced Surya Namaskars
Yoga asanas recommended for Hypothyroidism:
Viparitakarani – (Inverted Pose)
Marjariasana – (Cat Stretch)
Fast-paced Surya Namaskar
Janu Shirasasana – (One-legged Forward Bend)
Matsyasana – (Fish Pose)
Halasana – (Plow Pose)
Important note: Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) increases the production of T4 hormones and is considered to very helpful in hypothyroidism condition. However, it also has some positive effects on hyperthyroidism cases as well.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a professional healthcare provider if you have any specific questions about any medical matter.