Hypothyroidism can be a tricky situation to manage when it comes to what you eat. Some foods contain certain nutrients can influence with the function of your thyroid gland and some foods can even inhibit the absorption of your hormone replacements you take as a part of your treatment.
While there’s no specific diet for hypothyroidism patients, avoiding certain foods can help you maintain good energy levels and allow your body to function better.
Here are the foods you should avoid if you have hypothyroidism.
1- Soy Products.
The hormone estrogen could interference with your body’s ability to use the thyroid hormones. Soy products are loaded with plant-based phytoestrogen. Research has shown that too much estrogen can increase someone’s odds of having hypothyroidism thus it is recommended to keep soy products limited if you have a thyroid condition.
2- Cruciferous Vegetables.
Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cabbage can disrupt the production of thyroid hormone especially in people with iodine deficiency. Digesting these foods can inhibits the thyroid’s ability to function with the iodine you get from food and iodine is essential for proper thyroid function. People with hypothyroidism should limit their intake of cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, turnips and bok choy.
3- Too Much Fiber.
Enough fiber is good for you, but too much of it can stand in the way of absorbing your thyroid hormone replacement drugs. Adults should stick to 20 to 35 grams of fiber per day, more than that can affect the digestive system and reduce the dose your body absorbs of the replacement hormone. If you are on a high fiver diet, ask your doctor if you should up the dose of your thyroid replacement drug.
Coffee was found to inhibit the absorption of the thyroid replacement hormone treatment, people that were taking their meds with their morning coffee were found to have uncontrollable thyroid levels, doctors recommend patients to take their meds with water and wait at least 30 minutes before drinking coffee.
Alcohol consumption can have a very adverse effect on both the thyroid’s ability to produce its hormones and on the levels of thyroid hormone in the bloodstream. Consuming alcohol was shown to have a toxic effect on the thyroid gland and it suppresses the body’s ability to make use of thyroid hormone. People with hypothyroidism should avoid alcohol completely or only drink in careful moderation.