Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce a sufficient amount of hormones for normal function of the body. Thyroid hormones are vital for your body as they manage the metabolism process which, in turn, has an effect on your body temperature, heartbeat, and calorie-burning capacity.
Inadequate amounts of thyroid hormone production can display as weakness, weight gain, menstrual abnormality, slow heart rate, constipation, brittle fingernails, fatigue, thin hair and dry skin.
Now, if you have been diagnosed with this condition and most likely put on medication, it’s important to know the foods you should avoid. Your nutrition has far more impact on the chemical environment of your body, resulting in your health function and body shape, than you may have any idea.
I have been working with large numbers of women with Hypothyroidism over the past few years of teaching the Power Foods Lifestyle .The typical problem I observe is that women with this condition don’t actually know what to eat and which foods to avoid.
I hear that they have tried every diet, but nothing helped with the weight gain, hair loss and other symptoms.
Please consider this extremely important notion: when you are experiencing Hypothyroidism, you must lower your glucose intake and put energy in your body in the form of vegetables, proteins, and fats.
Where does glucose come from?
Glucose is a sugar that comes from the breakdown of carbohydrates–think breads, bagels, pastas, crackers, and cookies (yep, all the foods you might love!).
In addition to reducing the glucose in your body, here are some foods that reduce your body’s capacity to take in the substitute hormones–components of the thyroid treatment. In other words, some foods will cause your medicine not to work as effectively so you need to avoid them.
Before I dive into that, just know this/learning how to be a strategic eater with the Power Foods Lifestyle is fundamental to mastering your body and helping the hormones find harmonious balances again. And by the way–I’m offering a FREE webinar that you may be interested in. There are three dates available–click the image below to learn more and register!
Top 5 Foods to Avoid if you have Hypothyroidism
Gluten is found in foods that are processed from rye, barley, wheat and other grains. There is a strong link between autoimmune thyroiditis and gluten-intolerance. It is better if you limit the consumption of gluten as it can disturb the small intestine. Gluten may also hinder the absorption of thyroid hormone substitute medication. Gluten-free Power Foods that you should keep in your supply include berries, apples, lentils, quinoa, and yams.
The phytoestrogens found in soy and soy-rich foods can inhibit the assimilation of the thyroid hormone.. It holds back the functions of the enzyme ‘Thyroid Peroxidase,’ which forms the thyroid hormone. Isoflavones are the problematic compound in soy whose goitrogenic activity didn’t get destroyed even after cooking.
Processed forms of soy which can include supplements, protein powders, shakes, tofu, soy bars and soy milk can make symptoms even worse.
Consuming a lot of soy-based products may intensify the risk of developing hypothyroidism in women. So . . . it would definitely be better to limit your consumption of soy and soy-rich foods even if you are not experiencing symptoms. You will do this naturally as you are following the principles of the Power Foods Lifestyle.
People with Hypothyroidism should avoid processed foods and ready-to-eat meals as they are likely to have extremely high sodium content. These unworldly values are problematic for those with Hypothyroidism.
Not only is the sodium a problem, but the majority of processed foods are very carbohydrate dense, meaning they break down to glucose which is important to reduce. Carbohydrates increase the blood sugar levels which is the biggest contributor to weight gain as the storage hormone, insulin, is secreted to aid in the uptake of glucose.
Choosing PVF (protein-veggie-fat) meals mitigates this issue and helps you to balance your body. Learn more about PVF meals by reading The Power Foods Lifestyle.
Let’s kick the sugar OUT! We know that sugar (glucose) raises the blood sugar, which is not an optimal energy source when your metabolic processes are already suppressed. Sugary foods are loaded with empty calories and little to no nutrients (vitamins and minerals).
It is best for people with Hypothyroidism to eliminate foods with excess amounts of sugar completely from their diet, or decrease the amount of sugar to decrease inflammation in their body. This reduction in sugar happens naturally as you follow a Power Foods Lifestyle, eating PVF based meals and planning your Indulgences.
Also take care to avoid sugar substitutes like Aspartame, Sucralose, as excess intake of these sweeteners has been found to be correlative to other thyroid issues.
Alcohol can lessen your body’s ability to assimilate thyroid hormone substitute, which in turn hinders sleep, thyroid function, thyroid medications, and mood balance. Thus, It’s very important to dramatically reduce your consumption, if not completely cut out alcohol if you want to mitigate your symptoms. While cutting out even wine has been difficult for many of my clients, they have found that when they do, they hardly miss it!
I hope this knowledge about foods to avoid with Hypothyroidism will help you in making your nutrition choices more strategic. I want you to feel good, and you deserve to feel good! Keep taking your thyroid medication in the morning with water on an empty stomach, and be sure to join my FREE WEBINAR for foods lists, recipe, and much more information on Hypothyroidism by clicking here.
Love your bud,