Thyroid Conditions

To balance the thyroid gland we recommend our Fat Free Yoga DVD. Shoulderstand with Breath of Fire can be very helpful. We also recommend the Headache Helper segment on Yoga Quick Fixes and the Throat Chakra exercises on our Journey thru the Chakras DVD. Sitali Pranayam (see post in this archive) can be very helpful. All forms of meditation can be helpful in eliminating stress is important as well as addressing dietary stress by eliminating sugar, coffee, processed foods, fried foods, excessive sodium, meat, dairy, etc.

Testimony re: Fat Free Yoga for Hypothyroidism

In June\'08 when I went for my annual medical checkup and a routine blood work - the blood reports indicated that I had Hypothyroidism.

My doctor gave me a prescription of Synthoid (thyroid hormone replacement) which I had to take 1 tabled a day in the morning for a lifetime. I was devastated.

I did not want to start any medications that I had to take for a lifetime. and hence thought of exploring some alternatives for another 6 months to an year and then start the synthyroid only if the natural alternatives fail.

After endless Googling day and night, I came up with these reasonable alternatives which I could try over the next one year:
(1) Fat free yoga - this DVD - thanks to another reviewer (Amber) who suggested that this could cure Hypothyroidism
(2) Increasing Selenium intake - Brazil nuts are a rich natural source of Selenium

This is exactly how I implemented my own research:
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(1) Fat free yoga
-> Full 90 minutes of workout (all the workout routines in this DVD)
-> Once a week (yes ! only once a week) since I had a busy lifestyle and dedicating 90 minutes a day would have been difficult

(2) Fat free yoga
-> First 25 minutes of the workout (\'Breath Primer\', \'tune in\', \'Start your engines\')
-> Twice a week

(3) Brazil nuts
-> Consuming about 3 to 4 slightly roasted brazil nuts day as a part of my breakfast cereal
-> 4 times a week

:::: It does not matter which time of the day you do the yoga workout. But mornings are the best. I used to do this yoga either between 7 to 8 in the morning or 6 to 7 in the evenings.

Results - 1st round
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To track progression, I took a Thyroid test 6 months later and found that my Thyroid activity had improved. TSH levels had improved from 5.3 to 4.2. Borderline, but not ideal

I continued to follow the exercise routine in the same frequency

Results - 2nd round
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I went for my next annual medical checkup and blood work in July\'09. The doctor gave me an strange look when I mentioned that I am not taking Synthyroid, he ordered a comprehensive thyroid test (Thyroid panel test) which will not only test TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone), but also T3 and T4 which are the actual Thyroid hormones.

When the results came out, not only was I floored, but the doctor was in total disbelief :)
My TSH stood at 2.7, compared to 5.3 an year back. My T3 and T4 thyroid hormones looked in a perfectly normal range !

Other benefits
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Like the other reviewers have mentioned that the DVD is very well done, good voice over, Excellent music that goes well with the exercises. The innovative MATRIX system which was very helpful to pick and choose the exercises.

It helped me improve my energy levels, my cardio-vascular functioning, lose weight ...

More about Thyroid numbers
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What is T3 and T4 ?
These are your main thyroid hormones. T4 is Thyroxine and T3 is triiodothyronine. A \'normal\' thyroid test does not test for T3 and T4, ask your doctor/lab to test for T3/T4 in addition to TSH for a comprehensive test

What is TSH ?
Your body secretes a hormone known as TSH - Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, it is like an email sent from your body to the thyroid to secrete more thyroid hormones (T3 & T4). If the TSH is more, it means that your thyroid is not doing its job and your body is sending more emails (TSH) requesting the thyroid to secrete more of T3/T4.

Wilson\'s temperature syndrome http://www.wilsonssyndrome.com/ has helped many people with herbal and other remedies to heal thyroid problems. (Dr. Jerry Wyker in Carmel California http://www.wyker-md.com/is one doctor very proficient in this natural treatment.) \"Previously I was also told I had to use thyroid medication my whole life. Since using the herbs mostly and protocol of Dr. Wilson along with a mostly raw food diet, I use no medication at all."
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Disclaimer: The advice we give is in no way intended as a substitute for medical counseling. Please consult your physician before beginning any exercise program or nutritional protocol.