Around 4.2 million people are suffering from Thyroid disorders. One in every ten adults faces Thyroid disorder. Hypothyroidism is the most common Thyroid disorder in India.
Thyroid disorders are mainly of two kinds – Hypothyroidism & Hyperthyroidism.
The main function of the Thyroid gland is to regulate metabolic processes in our body. Hypothyroidism is the condition when the Thyroid gland’s hormone production slows down. As a result the metabolism of our body slows down. A person suffering from Hypothyroidism tends to gain weight. On the other hand, in Hyperthyroidism disorder the Thyroid gland produces too much of Thyroid hormone resulting faster metabolism. A person suffering from Hyperthyroidism loses weight.
According to Ayurveda, Thyroid function is controlled by Pitta dosha. Pitta is the fire energy that controls all metabolic processes in our body. Pitta is responsible for all the metabolic actions carried out by the Thyroid gland.
In Hypothyroidism coating of Kapha dosha, Vata dosha, and Meda dhatu (Fat) prevent Pitta dosha in cellular level function.
Vata dosha possesses qualities of Air and Pitta dosha possesses qualities of Water and Earth. Ayurveda believes in controlling Thyroid disorder by balancing the energies of the body and correcting the circulation of Thyroid hormone in the body.
Here are some super tips that Ayurveda provides for improving the circulation of the Thyroid hormone in the body.
1. Avoid foods that increase Kapha –
One of the most common symptom of Hypothyroidism is weight gain. To control weight gain and Thyroid, it is recommend that one should take Kapha peacifying diet, i.e one should increase the intake of warm food, add spices in their food, keep themselve warm, always consuming fresh vegetables and fruits, eat wholesome foods like grains, beans,and nuts.
2. Consume Vata peacifying diet –
According to Ayurveda, Thyroid imbalance can be a result of increased Vata in the body. So, to control Thyroid one should not take a diet that can increase Vata. Make sure you’re eating foods rich in fiber like beans, spinach, bananas, and legumes.
3. Pranayama –
Pranayama like Anulom-Vilom and Kapalbhati can regulate Thyroid as well as brain function.
4. Morning walk / Exercise –
Living a sedentary life aggravates Kapha in the body. Increased Kapha creates imbalance of Thyroid hormone. Morning walk, exercise, or any sort of workout can help to balance the Kapha component and regulate the Thyroid function.
5. Kitchen Remedies –
According to Ayurveda, regular use of Flaxseed regulates Thyroid function. Ginger is rich in Zinc, Potassium,and Magnesium, it is a good herbal remedy for Thyroid. Coconut oil is also a good herbal remedy for treatment of Thyroid. Coconut oil can be used as a cooking oil to maintain normal functioning of Thyroid. Besides these home remedies, exposure to the Sun for 15-20 minutes everyday and eating Iodine rich foods also help to regulate functioning of the Thyroid gland.
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