13. Gluten Products

Gluten Products

These days, gluten allergies are becoming more and more common, so you may already be avoiding foods with gluten, namely bread, pasta, rice, and other foods made from grains like wheat, rye, and barley. However, if you experience trouble with your thyroid, you will definitely want to cut back on gluten. According to an article published in May 2017 in the journal Endocrine Connections hypothyroidism and celiac disease often occur together, and the latter can create intestinal problems if you consume gluten. If you’re not suffering from celiac disease, you can still have gluten, just be careful about your intake. Aim for whole-grain foods, and make sure you wait several hours after eating fiber-rich meals before taking thyroid medication.

12. Fatty Foods

Fatty Foods

In excess, the wrong kinds of fatty foods are already known to cause all kinds of problems in the body. They’re linked to obesity and high cholesterol, both of which can cause other complications. If you need yet another reason to moderate fats, consider that too much fat in your food may prevent your body from absorbing thyroid medication properly. Of course, such foods may also interfere with your body’s ability to make the appropriate hormones in the first place. Fried foods are definitely to be avoided, while other sources of fat, like butter, should only be consumed in moderation.

11. Sugary Foods

Sugary Foods

It goes without saying that sugary foods are a lot like fatty ones. They can also lead to obesity, and may contribute to serious illnesses like diabetes. Because sugary foods often provide the body with an excess of calories and not much in the way of nutrients, lots of high-sugar meals can cause serious weight gain in people with hyperthyroidism, which causes the metabolism of the body to slow down. While ordinarily, exercise might help prevent this weight gain, hyperthyroidism can create an intolerance for exercise (the body may overheat) As such, if you have hyperthyroidism, it only makes sense to cut back on the sugary treats; if you can, cut out all excess sugar.

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