Thyroid disease is a major complication affecting Indians today. It is a silent disease than mainly affects women than men. It is estimated that 3 in 8 women suffer from the risk of developing thyroid disease – either high production of thyroid or low production. This can affect the body and cause multi organ complications. Majority of the women ignore signs and symptoms such as sudden increase in weight, tiredness, fatigue, etc and don’t consult a specialist. Women after the age of 25 yrs are recommended to go through a yearly Thyroid Stimulating Hormone Test fr early detection and timely treatment. Normal TSH levels for the average adult range from 0.4 ‑ 4.0 mIU/L (milli-international units per liter) (3). However, many organizations agree that a reading of 2.5 or less is truly ideal, with anything 2.5 – 4.0 mIU/L considered “at risk”. Post detection of thyroid, there are a number of lifestyle changes and diet aspects that you can inculcate in your life to keep your thyroid disease under check and control.
Natural measures to heal our thyroid problems:
- Take sea vegetables twice a week
If available a thyroid patient should take sea vegetables twice a week as they are a fine natural source that provides iodine for the support of thyroid. Opt for sea weed.
- Cook the kale
A patient with thyroid should take cooked greens vegetables and skin kale smoothies and also salads because cruciferous vegetables comprise of goitrogens which may not be good for thyroid if taken in large quantities. Cruciferous vegetables are i.e. Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
- Slow down on eating
As the thyroid gland is situated in our throat region, it connects body and mind. Thus, if we rush when eating, the food shifts quickly enough from mouth to stomach so much so that even the connection between body and mind is not strong enough. The mouth is clueless about the action of the stomach and vice versa. Therefore, eat calmly and slowly. Chew the food properly. The thyroid should be able to comprehend the message when the food has entered our body.
- Leave the Cell phone
Connection between brain tumor and cell phones is already known widely. Mobile phones or radiation machines which we hold to your ear are adversely close to our thyroid glands too. It is better to use headsets instead while speaking over the phones. This will create some distance between mobile phones and our thyroid glands.
- Identify your voice
As the thyroid gland is located in our throat which is the center of communication of an individual with the world. People with hypothyroid should speak more while the ones as they usually swallow down what they want to say. On the other hand, people with hyperthyroid should listen more instead. This shall also benefit.
- Support the Adrenals
Adrenal gland and thyroid work together, hence someone exhausted or depleted may actually benefit from their adrenal support. There are certain stores that provide Adaptogens or herbs that support adrenals.