Thyroid- Everything You Need to Know About the Butterfly Gland

"Let's get to know your thyroid!"

Did you know that women are five to eight times more likely than men to suffer from thyroid issues? 

Thyroid disorders are known to affect one in every eight women at some point in their lives. And surprisingly, up to 60% of people aren't aware of it. So what does that tell you? Generally we know that Thyroid is 'something' around our neck which has a 'certain significance' in our life and that becomes the end of the story right?.. But there is a whole lot more to it than you think. More than being medically educated, being aware of your body is the most important factor. Either way..first things first ladies… Don't fall prey to your habitual ignorance anymore.! And this ain't just for the wonderful women out there but for all. 

Meet your Thyroid Gland.!

Your thyroid gland, which is located just below your neck and in front of your larynx, secretes hormones that reach every cell and organ in your body through your bloodstream. For the same reason, the thyroid gland has control over and access to all of your metabolic responses. So it's no surprise that it needs some attention every now and then.!

Thyroid hormones : 

Thyroxine released by the thyroid gland is in charge of maintaining bodily homeostasis and the other crucial hormone, calcitonin, regulates the body's calcium levels.

This 2-inch, butterfly shaped gland,

  • Regulates your body temperature.

  • Keeps your alert and regulates brain functions.

  • Keeps your heart pounding rhythmic. And,

  • Keeps all of your body's organs in harmony.

So, what exactly are thyroid problems? Should you be concerned?
Anything happening abnormally in your body needs to be paid attention. So yes you should be concerned but more than that, it is much better if you'll be cautiously considerate towards this vital gland.!

Thyroid illness causes the thyroid gland to become hyperactive or underactive resulting in hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism respectively.

  • Hyperthyroidism :

When your thyroid gland produces more thyroid hormones than your body requires, you have hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid. 

  • Hypothyroidism :

Hypothyroidism and a slowdown of biological functioning can occur when your thyroid does not emit enough hormones into your blood. This could lead to more significant issues, such as excessive cholesterol and heart problems.

Hypothyroidism is brought on by:

  • Treatment for hyperthyroidism (radioiodine)
  • Certain malignancies which are treated with radiation.
  • Thyroid surgery

Thyroid disorders might be confused with menopause symptoms at times. After menopause, thyroid disorders, particularly hypothyroidism, is more common.

Coming down to thyroid issues and women's health...
Are thyroid problems more common in women? Yes. They are. But don't panic. They are curable and chances of recovery are high with proper medical care. So here you go..! 

  • Disorders that cause hypothyroidism
  • Disorders that cause hyperthyroidism
  • Thyroiditis, especially postpartum thyroiditis
  • Goiter
  • Thyroid nodules
  • Thyroid cancer

Knowing the terms ain't the only thing but you should be aware of what makes you susceptible to the same. Let's gather some more details.!

  • Thyroiditis : Thyroiditis is a condition that occurs when the thyroid is attacked, resulting in its inflammation and damage. Thyroiditis is caused by antibodies that target the thyroid. As a result, thyroiditis is frequently viewed as an autoimmune condition.
  • Goiter: A goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland most commonly caused by deficiency of iodine in your diet.It could be a transient issue that will resolve on its own. It could also be a symptom of a more serious thyroid problem.
  • Thyroid nodules:Thyroid nodules are overgrowths of thyroid tissues inside the gland that are usually benign, but can be malignant in some situations. They are abnormal, but in the majority of cases, they are easily corrected. Some people only have a single nodule, while others have multiple nodules. The nodules on the thyroid gland might be solid or filled with blood and other fluids.
  • Thyroid cancer:Thyroid carcinoma is a disease that affects the thyroid gland when the cells inside your gland undergo genetic alterations (mutations). Mostly the causes are unknown but might be genetic or environmental factors. The mutations allow the cells to reproduce and expand quickly. The cells also lose their ability to perish in the same way that regular cells do.

Are you doubtful if your Menstrual issues and Thyroid are connected?
Here's an answer for you. If you're having issues with your menstrual cycle then there is a chance that it is because the gland is having a difficult time. So instead of barking up the wrong tree it's better you get your thyroid tested.! Your thyroid aids in the regulation of the menstrual cycle. Your periods may become very light, heavy, or irregular if you have too much or too little thyroid hormone. 

Thyroid disease can induce amenorrhea, which is when your periods stop for several months or more. Other glands, including your ovaries, may also be affected if your immune system causes thyroid disease. Early menopause may result from this as well (before age 40). So Ladies.. if you get a positive thyroid diagnosis, don't freak out. Let's take a firm stand against it. Particularly for all the females out there.!! It's no big deal if you take proper care and be wise enough to do what's necessary. 

Ayurveda and Thyroid disorders
Thyroid problems like any other diseases  are classified into doshas in Ayurveda. Hypothyroidism is categorized into five types based on whether it is caused by Vata, Pitta, Kapha, (Air, Fire and Water elements in the body) or urinary tract infections (mainly in females), and ultimately the "goiter" type, which is characterized by a noticeable swelling of the thyroid gland around the neck. The advanced stage of Kapha-induced hypothyroidism is thought to be the "goiter" variety. Furthermore, the Vata-induced disease contains a psychological component caused by mental agitation and stress, as well as a physical component caused by excessive physical exertion. And Pitta is the sole cause of hyperthyroidism. 

In Ayurveda, treatment is prescribed after determining the fundamental cause of the disorder. For instance, suppose you had a condition of goiter, medicines will be provided to bring the Kapha dosha back into balance. As a result, Ayurveda delivers a patient-centered approach. And chronic conditions like thyroid issues are best assisted with Ayurveda. 
So are there natural ways for thyroid care? 
There are...!
1. Hamsapadadi Kwath : Hamsapadi herb works in both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism since it is a thyroid gland regulator. It also alleviates hyperthyroidism symptoms such as uneasiness, hyperactivity, heat sensitivity, anxiety, and irritability. It helps to strengthen muscles that have become weak as a result of the thyroid gland's malfunctioning, as well as improve sleep.

2. Kanchanar guggulu : Kanchanara is a wonderful ayurvedic medication that aids in thyroid hormone secretion and its regulation. It aids in improving glandular activity, which helps to minimize goiter-related swelling.

Often we live in joy, and other times we get distressed over life, some days we eat and other days we don't.., and likewise we disregard all such alarms that we will pay for later. At times we might be off on the wrong foot and sometimes not.! So it's necessary that we take care of ourselves for the good and be aware of our body.!!