As you might know, the thyroid is “the master hormone” for the body. If you’re having trouble regulating you thyroid’s function, it can cause other systems in your body to become imbalanced. And, as you might be familiar with, a thyroid that doesn’t function properly can create pervasive and pernicious problems like extra weight that never seems to go away.
Now, many times you’ve heard that to properly regulate thyroid function you should eat foods that are loaded with iodine.
What you might not have known is you should also avoid foods that harm your thyroid.
Here’s the truth. There are many foods that you might have thought were healthy, which actually contain chemicals that are actively at work preventing you from maintaining proper function of your thyroid.
These foods contain little compounds known as goitrogens. They are chemicals that actually reduce thyroid function.
Goitrogens are found in many common foods. As such, it’s important to avoid these foods in your diet to optimize iodine levels.
Now this doesn’t mean you can’t eat them ever again. But limit the frequency you consume these foods. At most, you’ll want to eat them 1 out of every 4 days.
Also keep in mind that many of the foods listed below are going to be high in goitrogens in their raw state. Cooking them often reduces the effect the goitrogens have on your thyroid. Nonetheless, it’s best to limit your intake of them as much as you reasonably can if you’re attempting to lose weight.
To boost thyroid function avoid the following:
- Brussels sprouts
- Canola oil
Yes, you thought these foods were healthy. And the truth is, for most people with perfectly good thyroids, these are healthy.
But the fact remains, if you want your thyroid to function at its highest level, you should avoid these foods no matter what benefit you think they might produce for your overall health.
And while you’re at it, you also need to think about the other things you’re doing in your life that are helping boost thyroid function.
Make sure to eat foods high in iodine — foods like…
- Pasture raised eggs
- Grassfed milk and cheeses
And never forget the role exercise plays in thyroid health and weight loss.
You don’t need to start lifting weights to make the pounds melt away. But you do need to do something. Consider low-impact exercises like riding your bike or water aerobics.