7. Alcohol

Alcohol

If you’re health conscious, you already know that alcohol is bad for you, especially in excess. Aside from impaired judgment in the short term and organ damage in the long term, people who suffer from thyroid problems face additional risks when they indulge in alcohol. Alcohol causes problems at both ends of the equation; it prevents your thyroid from producing the hormones it should, and it keeps your body from making use of the hormones that are present. All in all, it’s better to cut alcohol out entirely if you can.

6. High-Calcium Foods

Calcium

When you think of foods that are high in calcium, dairy products come to mind. However, this mineral is found in other foods like spinach and the aforementioned broccoli as well. While calcium and other minerals are important for strong bones, consuming large amounts of calcium-laden foods around the time that you take thyroid medication is a bad idea. Calcium can interfere with the absorption of the medication. It’s definitely not recommended that you cut out calcium completely. Instead, wait at least 45 minutes or so after taking your thyroid medication before reaching for milk, cheese, or yogurt.

5. Iron Supplements

Multi Vitamin

Generally speaking, thyroid medication should be taken on an empty stomach if possible. This way, the medication will break down faster and be more readily absorbed by the body. Given that thyroid problems may mess with the minerals in your body, such as iron, iodine, or others, you may be tempted to take multivitamins or supplements at the same time, since you’re taking your medication anyway. However, these minerals can prove harmful if they are taken at the same time, as they interfere with the dissolving and absorption of the medication. Be sure to wait at least two hours before taking supplements.

Related: Be Judicious With The Use of Multivitamins For Sustainable Health
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