Yoga has great significance in treating thyroid disorders. The various stretching, twisting, and compressing yoga asanas massage the thyroid gland and instruct it to release thyroxin thereby helps in body metabolism.
Best Yoga poses for thyroid problems
Yoga is one of the important natural solutions to treat thyroid disorders. The different Yoga poses provide thyroid treatment. These poses are also beneficial in the prevention and management of thyroid. The list of 10 best yoga poses ensures effective solutions both in the case of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.
- Sarvangasana (Shoulder stand pose): Sarvangasana is the most important pose to stimulate the thyroid gland and control thyroxin. This is the most effective yoga pose where blood flow from legs to head region due to its inverted condition therapy helps in the curing of the thyroid.
- Viparitakarani (Inverted Pose): The meaning of Viparita is ‘reverse’ and Karni means is ‘by which’. Viparitakarni helps to balance the functioning of the thyroid and eases the complication caused by the hypoactive thyroid. This is also one of the important asanas for thyroid disorder.
- Halasana (Plough pose): Hala means plow. The pose resembles an Indian plow hence it is called halasana. This yoga exercise gives compression to the neck and stimulates the thyroid glands.
- Matsyasana (Fish Pose): Matsya means fish, in the final pose, the asana takes the form of fish. Hence the name is Matsyasana. Matsyasana provides adequate stretching to the neck region thereby stimulate the thyroid gland.
- Ustrasana (Camel Pose): This asana also gives stretch to the neck.
- Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation), Kapalbhati and Pranayamas (Nadi Shodhana Pranayama, Bhastrika Pranayama, Ujjayi Pranayama): All these pranayamas, Surya Namaskar and Kapalbhati are very beneficial to reduce the symptoms of thyroid.
- Bhujangasana (The cobra poses): There are some sorts of compressing and stretching in the neck while performing advanced Bhujangasana, which helps in regulating thyroid glands.
- Setubandh Sarvangasana (Bridge formation pose): This is one of the important yoga for thyroid disorder. While performing Setubandh Sarvangasana, if the practitioner success in forming a good bridge, the neck gets an ample amount of stretch, which is good for the thyroid gland.
- Sirshasana (Headstand pose): Sirshasana is one of the finest Yoga postures to manage the thyroid gland. Sirshasana acts directly on the thyroid glands, helping to balance the metabolic functions and bring about wakefulness and alertness, but without excessive nervousness. Malfunctioning of the thyroid can result in many ailments either directly or indirectly. Sirshasana helps to bring perfect health to this vital organ.
- Dhanurasana (The Bow Pose): The bow poses massage the thyroid gland effectively and compels the gland to produce the required amount of hormone to control the thyroid.
Diet tips for thyroid disorders
- Diet with high fiber content should be taken.
- Avoid more eating of fats and carbohydrates.
- Give more and more thrust on green and leafy vegetables.
- Special focus should be given to seasonal fruits.
- Ginger greatly enhances thyroid function. Chew ginger or make ginger tea.
- Black walnut contains iodine, which nourishes the thyroid gland.
- Foods like curd, fish, meat, eggs, radish, and oatmeal contain a good amount of iodine. So take this diet regularly to control thyroid problems
- Gomutra (Cow urine):
- Sunrays: walk in the morning sunlight for about 10-15 minutes
- Drinking of coconut oil improves the function of the thyroid hormone
- Take diets such as carrots, pumpkin, sprouts, spinach, wheatgrass seaweeds because of its iodine content.
Thyroid diet prevention & precaution
The under mention foods should not be taken who have thyroid problems.
- Avoid cauliflower, cabbage, and broccoli
- Non-vegetarian foods
- Milk and milk products
- Spicy and fast foods
- Banana, mango, and grapes should be avoided.
- Refined and preserved foods
What are the causes of Thyroid?
- Excessive growth of thyroid tissue
- Improper functioning of the thyroid gland
- Deficiency of Iodine
- Thyroid cyst
- Thyroid inflammation
- Thyroid surgery
- Pituitary gland damage
- Autoimmune disease
What are the symptoms of Thyroid?
- Weight gain
- Neck swelling
- Low energy level
- Hair Loss
- Skin problems (Thick, dry and scaly)
- Heart problems (rapid heartbeat or palpitations)
- Body ache
- Feeling of chillness
- Muscular pain
- Irregular period
- Puffy face
- Loss of memory
- Disturbed sleeping
- Water retention
Thyroid disease in the USA
A large number of people are suffering from thyroid disorders in the United States of America (USA). This is the third most widespread disease in the USA after Hypertension and Diabetes. As per a recent survey of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), about 20 million Americans are having thyroid-related problems. It is surprising to know that more than 50% of them are unaware of this disease. The most important causative factor to the thyroid is a stressful living style.
The sound of Yogic ‘OM’ for 20-30 times is also beneficial for the smooth functioning of the thyroid gland.