Your thyroid gland is responsible for your metabolism, hormonal balance, mental focus, and energy. As you can see, if it starts functioning poorly, your body could be in trouble. Your thyroid is located in front of your neck and is shaped like a butterfly. Take good care of it and you will be rewarded with healthy weight, potency, better memory and concentration, and improved mood. But how do you do this?
The foods you eat (or don’t) can affect your thyroid health. It’s time to stop harming your thyroid by avoiding these food mistakes:
1. Skipping meals
Thyroid problems can lead to weight gain. But the solution isn’t to skip your meals. When you do so, your brain will tell your thyroid to hold back. This results to the body to save energy rather than spend it and this causes you to feel more tired. What’s more, you actually gain more weight and you even store energy as an unhealthy cholesterol form.
2. Avoiding all carbs
It is recommended that you cut on carb intake if you want to lose weight. But you shouldn’t avoid all carbohydrates. This has the same effect as skipping meals because carbs are used by the body as fuel.
3. Still eating gluten
If you have celiac disease, you are high at risk of developing Hashimoto’s disease, which is the most prevalent type of thyroid problem. Hashimoto’s has the same antibodies that are produced in celiac disease may also mistakably attack your thyroid gland.
4. Obsessing over greens in the Brassicaceae family
Also known as cruciferous vegetables, these veggies are great for our health. However, broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy can slow down your thyroid, particular if you go crazy over them. They can cause thyroid gland enlargement and may lead to swelling of the neck. The solution here is to cook them, instead of juicing or eating them raw.
5. Neglecting iodine
Our thyroid needs this nutrient to produce thyroid hormone. You can supplement on iodine, but take it slow if you have Hashimoto’s since “flare ups” may result. Foods you can eat with iodine are organic yogurt, kelp and other sea vegetables, cranberries, and strawberries.
6. Loving fish with high mercury content
This element is hazardous to our health, including the thyroid gland since it can bind and stop the formation of the hormone.
Most people can’t say no to sweet foods, but indulging in foods that contain artificial sweeteners, including sucralose and aspartame can harm your thyroid big time. Keep it real instead; use maple syrup, honey, or raw sugar.