May 25th Is recognized as World Thyroid Day globally. What better opportunity than to write on thyroid health, given that I have hypothyroidism for last 14 years. In this article, I will talk about what is thyroid and its different types, symptoms of thyroid and yoga poses for thyroid with pictures.
Thyroid gland, which is shaped like a butterfly is located in the front of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. It secretes hormones into the blood, which are then carried into the body’s tissues. Thyroid hormone is important for regulation of body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and body metabolism.
People who have thyroid problems have either hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. It is detected with a blood test.
Symptoms of hypothyroidism or under active thyroid
Hypothyroidism or under functioning thyroid as the name suggests produces less than the required amount of hormones in the body which leads to a host of unappealing symptoms.
Brittle nails, hair loss, fatigue, lethargy, brain fog, hoarseness, puffy face, depression, joint stiffness, muscles aches and pain, sensitivity to cold, constipation, slow metabolism, unexplained weight gain and inability to lose weight, excessive hair growth on the face for women, complications in conceiving/carrying it full term.
I have earlier talked about hypothyroidism and how I had a miscarriage because I neglected my hypothyroid.
Symptoms of hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid
Hyperthyroidism or overactive thyroid occurs when there is too much thyroid hormone in the body. Excess levels of thyroid hormone can speed up the body metabolism and lead to many health issues.
Nervousness and anxiety, hyperactivity, unexplained or unplanned weight loss, swelling of the thyroid gland or goiter.
Thyroid maybe a small gland, but is nonetheless very important. This gland secretes hormones vital for your body functions, Now, medicines help but they do not repair your gland. Even after taking the medication (altroxin) daily, I still suffer from all these symptoms, their intensity might be low, but they still plague me one way or the other. People close to me know my constant struggle with fuzzy memory and weight loss.
So what option you have other than taking medicines for your whole life?
Yoga is believed to help tremendously in fighting with thyroid. A stressful lifestyle is a major contributor to thyroid, while Yoga helps in reducing stress. Thus, Yoga helps in managing the symptoms of thyroid.
Here are Yoga poses for thyroid. All these yoga poses stimulate the thyroid gland, improve its function, boost blood circulation and recharge stagnant secretion.
Please Note: Don’t try these yoga poses for thyroid if you don’t know or have never done Yoga before. Practicing Yoga without an expert’s or yoga guru’s supervision may lead to injury.
Also, I am not showing you how to do these asanas as I am no Yoga expert. As you may notice, I am not good at some of the asanas and am practicing regularly to be better.
10 Best Yoga Poses for Thyroid
Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)
Halasana (Plow Pose)
Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose)
Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Naukasana (Boat Pose)
Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
Ushtrasana (Camel Pose)
Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
Simhasana (Lion Pose)
I practice these 10 yoga poses for hypothyroidism.
Shirshasana (Head Stand Pose) is an excellent yoga poses for thyroid patients, however, it is an advanced asana and should be done only under expert guidance.
There are certain pranayamas or breathing exercises for thyroid like ujjayi pranayama which is particularly beneficial.
5 Things to keep in mind with hypothyroidism
- Keep yourself active. As hypothyroidism slows down your metabolism, exercise to boost up your metabolism.
- Eat fiber-rich food. As constipation is a major problem with hypothyroidism patients, eating fiber rich food helps. However, do keep in mind, that with fiber, you need to increase your water intake too. Or else excess fiber will lead to constipation.
- Thyroid diet asks you to avoid or reduce consumption of cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, kale and broccoli, foods that contain gluten like roti, bread, pasta, and coffee, alcohol, etc.
- Continue taking your thyroid medication regularly along with these best yoga poses for thyroid.
- Get your TSH, T3 and T4 hormones checked every 6 months through a blood test.
If you know of other tried and tested methods to control thyroid symptoms or yoga poses for thyroid, do leave a comment here.