What do you think of when I say- food triggers that can affect your thyroid?
For myself these would first be a group of foods called goitrogen foods – these include foods such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale, soy and many more. However, while these can impact your thyroid relatively new research has identified that the risk of eating these foods does not out way the benefit of eating such nutrient dense foods.
However, caution is always advisable to those with hypothyroism or Hashimoto’s (auto-immune thyroid) where it is important not to consume excessive amounts and best to eat in a cooked form.
Thus if you have been adding handfuls of kale to your green smoothie – this definitely could negatively affect your thyroid (if you already have issues). But if you have been adding kale to your weekly stir-fry this amount is not going to have such an impact as the green smoothie might.
Now, while these foods can affect some people more than others there are also more than just these than can be classed as a food trigger for your thyroid disruptions.
Gluten – while coeliac disease is an autoimmune based condition in which the consumption of any gluten can have devastating effects causing severe and chronic inflammation. There is also an undeniable link between gluten sensitivity, hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s.
Due to the high inflammatory response that gluten instigates within the digestive tract we can see a decrease in nutrient absorption due to gluten’s ability to alter tight gap junctions, and a change in bodily stress responses effecting the flow on production of important thyroid hormones.
Another really important one is Artificial sweeteners – these include specifically aspartame and surcalose (found in diet soft drinks, chewy gum, mint’s, sugar substitutes, iced tea, anything ‘sugar free’, low fat-yoghurt etc).
Studies have identified a correlation between the use of artificial sweeteners and Hashimoto’s and would recommend every individual to avoid the use of these, as they not only effect your thyroid health but have also been shown to impact your gut microbiome, blood sugar balance and actual increase your risk of obesity.
And lastly something that I already touched on in my Sleep, stress and thyroid blog post – was nutritional deficiencies. While in that previous blog I discussed how stress can deplete our nutrients at an increasingly fast rate. The quality of our food can massively effect our nutrient levels – we as a society are so used to going to that quick to grab, refined carbohydrate food – which is most often also completely nutrient deprived. And these deficiencies (especially magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium, Vitamin D & A) are playing havoc on our thyroids ability to function and product the hormones it needs to function effectively.
While we all try our best to eat our best we can sometimes we all need a little extra help.
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