Q: How can Ayurveda improve my thyroid function?
A: Ayurveda considers the thyroid gland and its associated hormones to be related to the blood and associated systems of the body. Given this, many thyroid conditions — particularly hyperthyroidism — are related to imbalances of Pitta energy. This means that excessive amounts of heat in the body will cause imbalances in the thyroid gland’s function and as such lead to profuse sweating, fatigue, agitation, and other symptoms associated with Pitta imbalances. If these symptoms ring true to your own struggles with your thyroid functionality, then it is likely you will benefit from reducing the heat in your body through calming yoga postures (as opposed to aggressive, powerful ones) as well as other non-rigorous physical activity. You will also benefit from eating cooling foods like cow’s milk, white basmati rice, and coconut oil. Consult with a trained Ayurvedic practitioner to learn what herbs may benefit your condition, though it is likely to be aided by the intake of herbs like shilajit and brahmi guggulu.

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