Foods that we eat play a role in production of Thyroid Hormones, excessive action of the thyroid gland can cause Graves’ Disease, while under activity can cause Myxedema.
Foods that reduce Thyroid Function
- Certain foods contain chemicals which block the production of thyroid hormone, particularly cabbage, broccoli, rutabaga, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, watercress, and peanuts. Cooking partially inactivates the interfering chemical, known medically as a Goitrogen. Thus, in most cases it is wise to eat these foods cooked. Raw peanuts or soybeans should never be eaten. Fortunately, peanut butter is heated to a high enough degree that the Goitrogens are destroyed.”
- Milk is a major contributing factor to thyroid problems, especially since modern dairy products often contain traces of antibiotics such as penicillin and hormones which place an even greater burden on your endocrine system.
- Soy. Soy is a Goitrogen known to depress thyroid functioning.
- Sugar. At high level of sugar intake, there is a risk of damaging or even destroying the adrenal and thyroid glands.
- Seaweed. Small amount of seaweed can be beneficial to the thyroid, an excess can damage thyroid functioning.
- Coconut Oil supports correct thyroid function as it to some extent fuels thyroid hormone production and the metabolism. Sensible integration of coconut oil in our diet is likely to shore up thyroid health. Increase in production Thyroid Hormone can amplify metabolism
- Brazil nuts. A long thick edible seed with a hard shell that is nearly triangular in cross section, borne in clusters inside large round capsules.
- Haddock. A fish that is related to but smaller than the cod.
- Shellfish. Shellfish as you would expect are rich in iodine that is critically important for Thyroid Function.
- Iodized Salt. Use of Iodized salt overcomes its deficiency as it is critical for Thyroid Function