Lifestyle: Thyroid mostly occurs due to an imbalance in the thyroid levels. If you are facing thyroid problems you will notice that there are drastic changes in your weight. You are either gaining a lot of weight or are losing it rapidly. Thus, thyroid can also lead to some weight-related diseases such as obesity.
Yoga has been practiced in our country since ages. There are different forms of yoga and they each have different benefits. Different people have different needs, troubles and pain. Also, there are various forms of yoga which helps in curing certain illness. Yoga can be the ultimate cure for controlling diabetes, thyroid problems, back issues & much more.
This is a very effective form of pranayama. Sit down on the floor in a comfortable cross-legged position. Take a deep breath & then exhale quickly, while making a sound. Always remember while doing Kapalbhati – you have to forcefully and quickly exhale, but slowly and deeply inhale. Continue doing this for 10 times & then release.
2. Ujjayi Pranayam:
Sit down on the floor in a cross-legged straight position. Inhale slowly and deeply by both the nostrils. Try to make a hissing sound while you are sucking in the air. After that, stretch your inhale time for a while & then exhale as much as you can without giving any kind of pressure to your other body parts. This type of pranayama is very effective for those sufferiung from bronchitis, asthama & thyroid. While doing Ujjayi pranayam, remember that you have to make a sound while inhaling. When you do this, your throat gets contracted. Fill your lungs with air. After inhaling completely, try to do Jalandhar Bandh. This is also called as Chin-lock pose.
This is also known as shoulder stand. Here, you have to first lie down on a mat & rest your back on the floor. Then you have to try lifting your legs in the upward direction. You can even take the support of your hands for the same. Try to rest your hands on your back so that they can help you remain steady in the position. Now, once your legs are up in the air, try to bring them in a straight alignment with your body & stretch it as much as you can. Stay in this position for 30 seconds & then release.
When you are steady in the Sarvangasana pose, try and bring your legs downwards from over your head. Again here, rest the palm of your hands on your back in order to support your position. Remain steady for about 30 seconds; count your breath & then release.
1. Eat Sea Vegetables Twice a Week
Sea vegetables are a good natural source of iodine to support the thyroid. Incorporating some sea veggies into your diet can be as simple as:
Adding a piece of kombu to a pot of beans or soup during cooking
Sprinkle kelp granules over your salads or hot dishes just like you would use salt
Making a nori wrap (this is what’s used to wrap sushi)
For recipes, check out Andrea’s website here or the Integrative Nutrition recipes featuring sea veggies.
2. Don’t Be Afraid of Butter
“The endocrine system loves butter,” Andrea said. Even if you’re cutting out other forms of dairy like milk and cheese, consider keeping grass-fed butter (like KerryGold butter) in your diet.
3. Cook Your Kale
If you have thyroid issues, then raw cruciferous vegetables may not be the best choice. You might want to skip the kale smoothies and salads, and eat your greens cooked instead. The reason is that the cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens that may disrupt the thyroid if consumed in large quantities. Other cruciferous veggies include cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower.
4. Slow Down Your Eating
The thyroid gland is located in your throat area, so it literally connects the mind and body. When you rush while eating, the food moves so quickly from mouth to stomach that the connection from mind to body is not strong. The mouth doesn’t know what the stomach is doing and vice versa. This is good health advice no matter what: sit down, slow down, savor, breathe and chew your food. Since the thyroid is the master of your metabolism, you want to eat slowly enough so it can record the message that food is entering the body.
5. Drop the cell phone
We already know about the connection between cell phones and brain tumors. But this little radiation machine that you hold up to your ear is awfully close to your thyroid gland as well. A good alternative is to get a headset to use while speaking on the phone.
6. Find Your Voice
Once again, if you look to the anatomy, you find the thyroid gland located in the throat, the center of our communication with the world. Andrea has found in her practice that people with hypothyroid tend to “swallow down” what they really want to say. It’s been very healing for them to learn to speak their truth. On the flip side, she has found that people with hyperthyroid are talking too much, and can benefit by listening more.
7. Support Your Adrenals
The thyroid and adrenal glands work together, so if you are exhausted and depleted you may benefit from adrenal support. In the Be Well store we offer Adaptogens, which are herbs to support the adrenals as well as a comprehensive Fatigue Fighting program.