04 Apr Can Yoga Cure Hypothyroidism?
Hypothyroidism is quite prevalent even among teenagers these days. Numerous treatment options are available but Yoga & meditation are one of the best approaches to manage thyroid and Hypothyroidism. Yoga as a holistic approach helps to bring stability in the mind, body, and soul.
A few minutes of yoga practice alongside your regular treatment can make a huge difference to your health. Yoga being a way of life, it helps reduce stress, and yoga asanas help to heal both hypo and hyperthyroidism patients.
Always consult your physician and learn yoga from an experienced Yoga teacher. Here are a few recommended yoga asanas and advanced practices, which can help control hypothyroidism condition and symptoms.
- Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana) – It gently stimulates and massages the thyroid gland to function appropriately and benefits the pituitary gland, pineal glands, and the entire hormonal system.
- Inverted Pose (Viparitakarani) – Improves blood circulation to the head region and benefits the master gland situated in the head region.
- Fish Pose (Matsyasana) – Destroyer of all diseases, this is an excellent asana that gently massages the thyroid gland and improves hormone release.
- Plough Pose (Halasana) – Benefits the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland situated in front of the neck.
- Simhasana – Roaring Lion Pose
- Fast-paced Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) – Helps to manage the weight and reduces stress.
- Pranayama and Kriya practices – Improve thyroid regulation.
- KapalBhati (skull shining breathing technique), Jalaneti, NadiShodhana (alternate nostril breathing), and Ujjayi breathing exercise – Work well in reducing the symptoms.
- Rest and Relaxation
- Hormones and emotions are connected. Relaxation with Nisphandabhava and Shavasana should be done on a regular basis.
- Guided meditation with proper breathing helps to reduce stress and anxiety symptoms.
Diet also plays a significant role. Sattvik diet is the best.
Some Dos and Don’ts for Hypothyroidism
- Eat Nutrient-rich and organic foods.
- Antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables like Indian Gooseberry, bell peppers, tomatoes, blueberries.
- Consume whole grains and Vitamin B rich foods.
- Selenium in small amounts is needed. Eat sunflower and chia seeds in moderation.
- Cruciferous vegetables rich in fiber, like cabbage, spinach, kale, and brussels sprouts, may hinder thyroid medication absorption. Reduce the intake of such vegetables especially in the morning after medication.
- Avoid caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol.
- Reduce intake of processed and refined foods.