Foods to avoid with thyroid problems

Updated April 17, 2017

The thyroid gland is responsible for manufacturing the hormone thyroxine. It is positioned in the neck below the Adam's apple. It is triggered to activate all the cells throughout the body. The thyroid gland is one of the most vulnerable causing the side effects from stress. Its biggest job is to create system-wide stability and regulate hormonal processes. It also regulates body temperature, overall growth and manufactures protein and oxygen in the cells. To keep the body functioning smoothly and regulated on all levels, the thyroid must be in prime working condition.

Susceptibility and Symptoms of Thyroid Problems

It is estimated that 15 per cent of the adult population have a form of thyroid disease. Women are more likely to get it and it is more inclined to be genetic. There is an overall tendency of more autoimmune disease in this day and time. There is a higher volume of toxicity in foods in now. Thyroid issues can cause memory problems, hair loss, constipation, weak nails, joint pain, dizziness, hair loss, dry skin, weight gain, ear ringing, fatigue and sensitivity to cold. If you have thyroid problems, it is crucial to know about the foods to avoid that could be detrimental to your system.

Foods to Avoid with Thyroid Problems

There are foods that a thyroid disease sufferer needs to eat, and then there are those that need to be avoided. Iodine is valuable to the manufacturing of thyroid hormones and iodised salt provides the amount necessary. There are some foods that obstruct the intake of iodine and the byproduct cancels the advantage of the iodised salt. Hydrogenated fats, polyunsaturated oils and dietary vegetable oils are the culprits behind the frequency of thyroid disease in the last hundred years.

If you have hypothyroidism, the foods to avoid are refined and processed, such as white breads and junk foods. These can create resistance to insulin and an imbalance in hormone levels. Products that contain soy that are the most detrimental. A chemical in soybeans mixes with iodine, blocking the absorption of iodine, which is crucial for the production of thyroxine.

Foods to Avoid to Control Weight Gain Caused by Hypothroidism

Hypothyroidism can cause weight gain. Therefore, it is important to limit or avoid foods with natural goitrogens. The negative side effect is that it can cause a rise in thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels, which can then increase the size of the thyroid gland. This increase in gland size may cause goitre and low thyroxine production. The foods to avoid include spinach, sweet potatoes, peaches, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. In addition, limit fat intake on a daily basis.

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About the Author

Hunter Darden is an author of four children's books, a novel, and a black-and-white photography book. She is also a humor/inspiration newspaper columnist having written for The Charlotte Observer. Darden has a degree in psychology from Meredith College. She was the 2005 recipient of the Meredith College Career Achievement Award and the NC General Federation of Women's Clubs Excellence in Creative Writing Award.