All Hail The Thyroid!
The thyroid gland, the king of all hormones, enjoys being the puppet master of the organs functioning in our body. Alas, in the past decade, an exhausting lifestyle and unhealthy food habits have taken a toll on the function of this gland in most people. Thyroid problems have become one of the biggest fall-outs of the modern lifestyle.
An imbalanced lifestyle dominated by stress, sleeplessness and anxiety affects the functioning of the thyroid gland, which results in under or over production of the hormones produced by the gland. Thyroid disorder is typically of two kinds — hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. As the name suggests, “hypo” means that the gland is too lazy to produce sufficient hormones for the body, whereas “hyper” leads to over productivity. Either of the syndromes takes a toll on the body. Symptoms can include sudden weight gain or loss (hypo leads to weight gain and hyper leads to weight loss), irregular periods in case of women and a tendency to feel exhausted easily.
To avoid these symptoms and to boost your thyroid functioning, here are some quick tips:
- Vitamins A and D: Vitamins A and D keep the thyroid under control and its effects at bay. Taking supplements and consuming food containing these vitamins will lead to a healthy thyroid.
- Eat Walnuts: Walnuts are incredibly healthy and are rich in Iodine and manganese, which control the functioning of this gland. Consuming three to five walnuts as soon as you wake up not only controls thyroid levels, it also improves the attention span.
- Neck Exercises: For those with thyroid disorders, simple neck exercises and movements for 10-15 minutes a day are helpful.
- Coconut Oil: Coconut oil contains lauric acid and fatty acids which keep excess fat in control. This too keeps the thyroid under check.
- Iodine: It is advised to get an iodine deficiency test done on a regular basis, because Iodine plays a major part in keeping the thyroid on its feet. If you have an imbalance in the Iodine levels, chances are that you might be affected with either hyper or hypo thyroid syndrome.
- High calorie diet: Anything with high calorie puts pressure on the functioning of the gland. This results in weight gain and hypothyroidism is a common result of excess weight gain.
- Rich diet with fruits and vegetables: Fiber and nutrition is all your thyroid needs. Adopting a healthy diet rich with fruits and vegetables will not only avoid thyroid problems, it will also offer a healthy lifestyle. However, avoid soy products, cauliflower and cabbage because research has shown that these vegetables act against the thyroid.
As we all know, with the advancement of technology and the modern lifestyle, health issues are a major concern; however, precaution is the key. A fit planned “today” is much better than a poorly planned “tomorrow”. If you have observed some symptoms and think you may be suffering from either of the thyroid syndromes, take our smart thyroid health check-up package and seek help from the experts in our hospital.