Hypothyroidism: Avoid These Foods If You Have An Underactive Thyroid
Your diet and lifestyle play a crucial role in managing hypothyroidism. Some foods can worsen this condition which should be strictly avoided.
Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your body doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone
The thyroid is a small gland in your body that releases hormones for various body functions. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your body doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. It is also known as an underactive thyroid. Weight gain, fatigue, constipation, depression, dry skin, slow heart rate, muscle weakness, thinning of hair, slow heart rate and stiffness in joints are a few symptoms of hypothyroidism. Your diet and lifestyle play a crucial role in managing this condition. Some foods can worsen this condition which should be strictly avoided.
In an Instagram post, nutritionist Lovneet Batra shared a list of foods that people with hypothyroidism should avoid. "Hypothyroidism is linked to many dangerous diseases and conditions, hence should be effectively managed. This is where diet plays an important role. You must know what not to eat to aggravate hypothyroidism," she wrote in the caption.
Avoid these foods in hypothyroidism
1. Cruciferous vegetables
Cruciferous vegetables are extremely healthy. However, these green vegetables contain goitrogens that can disrupt the production of thyroid hormones. Some of the common vegetables that contain goitrogens include kale, broccoli, cauliflower, turnip, cabbage and spinach.
If you want to add these vegetables to your diet, eat them in moderation.
2. Soy foods
Soy contains oestrogen and isoflavones which interfere with the body's ability to utilize the thyroid hormone. Therefore, people with underactive thyroid should avoid consuming soy in any form.
"Flavonoid that is apigenin, present in millet reduces the activity of thyroid peroxidase, the enzyme that inserts iodine into thyroid hormone," the post reads.
You need to consume caffeine at the right time if taking thyroid medication. If you consume caffeine after taking medication for thyroid, it can interfere with the effectiveness of the medicines.
No doubt, alcohol harms the body in several ways. It also impacts the body's ability to produce and absorb thyroid hormone.
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