Friday, July 21, 2017

Top Foods to Avoid for Thyroid Health

Most people are aware of the obvious healthy foods that will benefit your thyroid as well as your overall health. They include green, leafy and bright-colored vegetables, some fruits, plant oils, cold-water fish, and free-range animal meats.
Also, most people are aware of the obvious foods that are not good for your health, e.g. sugar, pastries, bread, trans fats, alcohol, and tobacco.
However, there are some unhealthy foods that you should avoid and some so-called healthy foods that you should limit or avoid, especially if you are having problems with your thyroid and you need to improve your metabolism, energy level, blood glucose, blood pressure, digestion, nerves, weight, and/or immune system activity.
These foods include: Coffee, Cruciferous Vegetables (Raw), Dairy Products (Cow's Milk/Cheese), Drugs, Fatty Foods, Fiber (Excess), Grains/ Gluten, Processed Foods, Soy, Sugar, and Vegetable Oils.
Coffee
Almost everyone seems to loves coffee, so I'm sure most people are tired of hearing that they have to give up their coffee. Unfortunately, caffeine has been found to overstimulate the thyroid and block the absorption of thyroid hormone medication. When you take the medication with your morning coffee, this causes uncontrollable thyroid levels. Instead, take your medication with water; and, wait at least 30 minutes before having your coffee.
An even better option is to use our DTD Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program so that you can get off the thyroid medication and have your coffee whenever you want without any negative effects. (We'll discuss this program later).
Cruciferous Vegetables (Raw)
This is a tricky one. As you are probably aware, cruciferous vegetables (e.g. cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc.) provide anti-cancer and blood glucose benefits. They are also beneficial to your thyroid, except in rare situations where the person is iodine-deficient and happens to eat a lot of raw cruciferous vegetables.
These vegetables contain substances called goitrogens, which are compounds that can inhibit the absorption of iodine by your thyroid gland. Iodine is a critical component in the manufacture of thyroid hormones.
To avoid this problem, get a physical exam to make sure that you're not iodine-deficient; and, steam or sauté your vegetables to break down the .
If you are iodine-deficient, make sure that you eat seaweed and wild-caught seafood (not farmed fish). These foods contain iodine, plus selenium, Vitamin D and zinc, which are all helpful for healthy thyroid function.
Dairy Products
Dairy products (e.g. cow’s milk, cheese, ice cream) can create a lot of inflammation in the body. Many people (e.g. lactose-intolerant) find dairy products difficult to digest and they are a common cause of irritable bowel syndrome, bloating and reflux.
If dairy products are disrupting your digestion, it means you will not be absorbing the nutrients from your meals adequately. It can also promote the growth of harmful microbes in your digestive tract such as bad bacteria, yeast and fungi.
The protein in dairy products is called casein and in many people it worsens autoimmune disease just as much as gluten.
Drugs
Most drug affect the biochemistry and hormonal balance within your body, which can affect your thyroid. Avoid recreational drugs such as alcohol, beer, wine and tobacco. And, if possible, avoid OTC drugs and prescription drugs.
FYI: Alcohol has a toxic effect on the thyroid gland and suppresses the ability of the body to use thyroid hormone. Ideally, people with hypothyroidism should cut out alcohol completely or drink in careful moderation.
Fried/Fatty Foods
Fried foods such as French fries and fried meats contain carcinogens and unhealthy fats that cause damage to our cells and negatively affect our hormonal balance.

Fats have been found to disrupt the function of the thyroid and the body's ability to absorb thyroid hormone replacement medicines. Fats may also interfere with the thyroid's ability to produce hormone as well. 

Some health care professionals recommend that you cut out all fried foods and reduce your intake of fats from sources such as pasteurized butter, mayonnaise, margarine, and fatty cuts of meat.
Fiber (Excess)
I'm sure this one is a surprise. Getting enough fiber is good for you, but too much can complicate your hypothyroidism treatment. Amounts of dietary fiber from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, and legumes that go above 35 mg a day may affect your digestive system and can interfere with the absorption of thyroid hormone replacement drugs. If you're on a high-fiber diet, ask your doctor if you need a higher dose of thyroid medication. Your maintenance dose may need to be increased if you aren't absorbing enough medication.
Of course, as mentioned earlier, the best way to get around this problem is to follow an autoimmune/thyroid-friendly diet such as the DTD Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program so that you are able to control your thyroid without the need for the medication.
Grains/Gluten
Wheat and other grains like rye, barley, spelt, millet and oats contain gluten, which is a major trigger for thyroid problems and autoimmune diseases.
Gluten can irritate the small intestine and cause a great deal of inflammation in the body, and in some people it can trigger an autoimmune thyroid-related disease such as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis or Graves' Disease.
Gluten may also hamper the absorption of thyroid hormone replacement medication.
Processed Foods
Processed foods may taste good, but, they are empty calories that leave us with food cravings and biochemical/hormonal imbalances. In addition, these foods tend to contain lots of sodium and partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats).

Having an underactive thyroid increases a person's risk for high blood pressure, and too much sodium further increases this risk. And, processed foods tend to have a lot of sodium. People with an increased risk for high blood pressure should restrict their sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The hydrogenated oil (trans fats) is a "fake" fat that, when absorbed by your cells, causes damage to the integrity of the cell wall, leaving the cell susceptible to bacteria, viruses and toxins. Studies show that this type of fat can cause damage to the myelin sheath of the nerve cells and may even trigger certain autoimmune diseases!
Soy
This food has been marketed for years in the United States as a "healthy" food. But, most soy foods are overly-processed and come from genetically modified beans. Soy is very difficult to digest, so even if soy beans supposedly contain a fair amount of protein on paper, you absorb very little of that protein because of the enzyme inhibitors in soy beans.
The lectins in soy cause irritation to the gut lining and worsen leaky gut syndrome in people with autoimmune disease. Soy is also a source of goitrogens which inhibit iodine absorption.
Soy is loaded with plant-based phytoestrogen, and some researchers believe too much soy may increase a person's risk for hypothyroidism. Even a small serving of soy each day is enough to suppress thyroid function.
Soy is one of the worst foods for your thyroid. Don’t underestimate how damaging this food is to your metabolism.
Sugar
You already know that sugar is bad for you; now you know it’s bad for your thyroid gland as well. This is because of the destructive effects sugar has on your immune system and your gut.
It raises inflammation in your body and makes all autoimmune diseases worse. Sugar fuels the growth of all sorts of harmful pathogens in your gut and fosters gut infections. If your gut lining is overgrown with harmful microbes, they inflame the lining of your intestines and cause “leaky gut syndrome”. This is an initiator and driver of all autoimmune diseases. ("Leaky gut syndrome" will be discussed in more detail later).
Vegetable Oils
Vegetable oils include corn oil, sunflower, safflower, soybean, cottonseed, canola, grape seed and rice bran oil. These oils are all very high in polyunsaturated fats. Your body does require some polyunsaturated fat but the problem with these oils is the delicate fats have been damaged. The extraction process (using heat and chemical solvents) causes the polyunsaturated fats to become damaged and oxidized. If you then cook with those oils, they become damaged even further.

Damaged fats create a great deal of inflammation in your body. They act as free radicals and cause wear and tear to your organs and tissues. Healthy fats to include in your diet include olive oil, macadamia nut oil, avocado oil, raw nuts and seeds, oily fish, avocados, coconut oil and grass-fed raw butter/ghee.

Note: Refer to the author's DTD Autoimmune Diseases  & Natural Remedies ebookDTD Power of Juicing ebook and/or DTD Cleanse/Detox ebook to help with thyroid dysfunction (e.g. hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Graves' Disease) and for natural thyroid remedies.

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