I’m tired. And if you’ve ever felt so overwhelmingly tired you feel like you’re running uphill through honey, (and that’s when you can actually manage to get out of bed), you’ll know that this isn’t normal.
My body has been giving me a number of different signs over that last few months (years) that something isn’t quite right. All seemingly insignificant signs on their own, but together a strong indication of something not quite right, and for a normally healthy person, I’ve found it all pretty overwhelming.
Listening to my intuition I've been seeking answers for extreme exhaustion, headaches and numerous other signs and after rounds of tests with some alarming results, I've discovered my Thyroid is the likely culprit for everything.
And if you’re not sure what that little Thyroid gland in you body actually does, it’s pretty important.
The healthy Thyroid Gland uses ingested iodine from iodine enriched foods to produce thyroid hormone which regulates body and brain growth and development, body temperature, energy levels and metabolic functions. (the rate at which the body produces and uses energy from nutrients and oxygen). Thyroid hormones influence and regulate the activity of all cells and tissues in the body.
- The Australian Thyroid Foundation
Having teetered on the edge of a Thyroid condition for years I’ve managed to keep it bay through diet, the right supplement support and exercise. So while my next steps are still being determined I’m looking at all the ways I can support myself now.
Self care is big on my agenda right now and I feel called to share what I’ve learnt so far in the hopes it may help support other women as this is a common condition of many.
Thyroid Disorders affect 10 times more women than men, worldwide.
- The Australian Thyroid Foundation
Lifestyle Support for Thyroid Health
What’s on the menu
- The big diet no no’s - Gluten, Sugar and Grains.
- The big diet YES’s - Vegetables, oily sustainably sourced fish, eggs, nuts and seeds.
Yoga Asana (poses), Pranayama (breathing) and Meditation
Although yoga asana itself hasn’t been scientifically proven to effect Thyroid health, it definitely helps to reduce stress and anxiety (my catalyst for Thyroid flare-ups), reduce brain fog, increase circulation, massage and stimulate the Thyroid gland and reduce inflammation in the body which certainly help the body’s immune system.
Poses that improve the functioning of the thyroid gland as well as regulate metabolism such as:
- Cow/ Cat Pose
- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana)
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
- Head To Toe Kneeling Pose (Janu Shirasana)
- Fish Pose (Matsyasana)
- Boat Pose (Navasana)
- Seated Forward Bend - Yin variation Caterpillar is amazing
- Shoulder stand (Sarvangasana)
- Plow Pose (Halasana) - try a juicy yin variation of this - Snail
- Lion Pose (Simhasana)
- Camel Pose (Ustrasana)
- Tree Pose (Vrikshasana)
Pranayama can be described as the yogic art of breath practice. This practice changes your breath in several different ways. There are various types of Pranayama; two of the most effective for Thyroid are:
- Nadi Shodhana to support balance in your system
- Ujjayi (Victorious Breath) widely recommended for treating thyroid problems, as this breathing technique clears out the toxins from the body.
And most importantly, practice a daily Meditation for grounding, and anxiety and stress relief which are common triggers for Thyroid flare ups.
Take care, listen to your body and rest.
With love x
Important! Remember, everyone is different and there are numerous places you can reach out to for support. Western medicine, traditional, holistic, energetic and natural medicine can all work together to support and I highly recommend a combination of all of them!