1. SugarRefined sugar is bad for you. It messes with blood sugar levels. This is especially bad if you suffer from an autoimmune thyroid disease. Foods saturated in sugars influences the way your pancreas functions in a negative way. This can hurt your thyroid and reduce your hormone levels significantly.
2. CoffeeCoffee is another thing to avoid if you are suffering from a thyroid disease, particularly if you are a heavy drinker as it can negatively affect the way you adrenal glands work. This doesn’t mean you have to give up coffee entirely; drinking coffee in moderation even daily won’t harm you that much. Just bear in mind that coffee messes with the secretion of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are hormones produces by your adrenal glands.
Yes, that means fried chicken and friend shrimp. Fried foods contain a lot of trans-fats and can be especially harmful if on thyroid medicine.
3. Fried Foods
For starters, your favorite fried chicken can influence how effective your thyroid hormone replacement medication is as well as mess with the secretion of thyroid hormones.
Foods high in gluten are not good for those with thyroid problems, because of gliadin, which is a protein your body sees as foreign. Your thyroid makes an enzyme similar to gliadin called transglutaminase, so consuming foods high in gluten can trigger a response in your immune system from transglutaminase and gliadin.
Those who have an autoimmune disease can feel the negative impact of consuming gluten even after just six months of regular consumption. Consequently, if you have a thyroid disorder, you should regularly get tested for a gluten intolerance or even Celiac disease.
Soy is another food that should be avoided. In small doses it’s alright, but it can affect how your body absorbs synthetic thyroid hormones.
If you are going to consume soy, wait at least 4 hours after taking any thyroid medication. Your body will then have a chance to metabolize each substance individually. Soy also contains isoflavones, which can decrease thyroid function in those that have an iodine deficient.
This one may come as a surprise to you, since cruciferous vegetables have many health benefits, however for those with a thyroid disorder, you are going to want to cut down on your intake.
6. Cruciferous vegetables
Again, those who suffer from an iodine deficient are at a particular health risk when they consume a lot of cruciferous vegetables. This doesn’t mean never eating broccoli again; Make sure you have a balanced diet, high in essential nutrients and it shouldn’t affect you too much.
It is important to maintain your thyroid function for the sake of your overall healthy as well as all of your other body functions that depend on a well-functioning thyroid.