Your thyroid is a tiny gland that plays a huge role in your health and metabolism. Here are nine foods you should be wary of to keep your thyroid in top shape.
Raw broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens, which can suppress your thyroid function if you have even a mild iodine deficiency. Cooking your broccoli or pairing it with an iodine rich food can help offset this risk.
Processed foods are full of chemicals, sodium, and other things that throw off your thyroid function. They also lead to a host of other health issues for the rest of your body.
Studies have shown that thyroid disorders and Diabetes can affect one another. The thyroid is crucial to your metabolism in breaking down sugars, and to your gut health for breaking down sugars and absorbing nutrients. With diabetes, higher levels of insulin found in insulin resistance contributes to reduced thyroid function.
In addition, refined sugars can feed the wrong bacteria in your gut microbiome, leading to inflammation and problems absorbing the nutrients your thyroid needs to function.
Poorly Sourced Fish
Many fish contain mercury and heavy metals, which is linked to thyroid cancer, autoimmune thyroid disease, and hypothyroidism. Know where your fish comes from, and eat them in moderation to gain the benefits without harming your thyroid.
Millet contains C-glycosylflavones (glycosyl vitexin, glycosylorientin and vitexin), which can replicate an antithyroid drug when eaten in large quantities. Eat in small moderation to avoid affecting your thyroid, especially if you are already on a thyroid medication.
Too much soy can inhibit thyroid function, making it more difficult for the thyroid gland to produce the hormones your body needs. Try not to eat or drink it in excess, alternate with other foods.
Studies show that a gluten-free diet could be beneficial to people who struggle with a thyroid disorder. Gluten inhibits the absorption of thyroid hormones and the thyroid medication levothyroxine.
Fried, Fatty Foods
The trans-fats in fried foods are very detrimental to brain health, which can affect the hormones and signals sent to your thyroid. This can lead to shrinkage of the brain, dementia, and complications in conditions like hashimoto’s disease.
Alcohol contains chemicals that slow down your body’s metabolism and wreak havoc on brain and body chemistry when taken in excess. Specifically it inhibits the thyroid through cellular toxicity and blunting thyrotropin-releasing hormone response.
Your Food Choices Affect Your Thyroid
What you eat has a profound impact on your thyroid. You can improve your thyroid health by being extremely mindful of what you eat. If you consume these things in moderation, or better yet cut them out, you will help your thyroid function at its best.