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Foods That People With Hypothyroidism Should Avoid

by gaurav aggarwal on March 17, 2021

What is hypothyroidism?

Your thyroid gland needs iodine in order to synthesize its hormones. Hypothyroidism means your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones that it normally should.
Apart from this, the thyroid hormone is also necessary for normal heartbeat, manage normal body temperature and blood pressure.
Hypothyroidism slows down the body metabolism and major symptoms include Weight gain, Fatigue, Dry Skin, Constipation and much more.

What foods should be avoided during hypothyroidism?

Many of the foods we commonly find around us can be used as a healthy diet chart for people suffering from Thyroid disorder. The foods listed below have been found to increase thyroid hormone levels.
Nuts (especially Brazil nuts) are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, which boost thyroid health. Selenium also has excellent antioxidant properties.
Chia seeds are a super food that helps to balance hormone levels and also support weight loss. Chia seeds are also filled with antioxidants and fibre. Chia Seeds are easy to use and easily available in the market nowadays. Simply soak the chia in water for at least 30 minutes, mix in water and drink up!
To regulate thyroid function, here are some foods that you can give a miss while preparing your diet for hypothyroidism control.
The list is fairly simple:


  • Gluten rich foods such as bread, pasta, pizza, etc.

Celiac is commonly seen in hypothyroid patients. Celiac is an auto-immune disease and causes Gluten intolerance. Gluten can trigger inflammation, and lead to severe stomach upset.


  • Processed sugar

Extra Sugar increases metabolism and can also contribute to mood swings, depression and fatigue like symptoms.


  • Oily and fried foods

Oily and high Fat foods slow down the already sluggish metabolism in thyroid patients and leads to additional weight gain.


  • Soy Products

Soy contains isoflavones which interferes with the absorption of iodine and hypothyroidism medicines.


  • Caffeine

Caffeine can sometimes irritate thyroid tissues and hamper thyroid hormone production.


  • Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous Vegatables like Cauliflower, Cabbages interfere with thyroid production when consumed raw. However, cooking the vegetables reduces the ill-effects.


  • Foods rich in High-Fat

High Fat can decrease the body metabolism. Instead, high fibre intake can ease constipation which is common in hyperthyroidism.


  • Foods like Millets, Peanuts

Foods like peanuts, millets are goitrogenic foods and can inhibit iodine absorption and should be completely avoided.


  • Sodium Intake

People with an under-active thyroid must have a low sodium intake as excess sodium can cause high blood pressure. High Blood Pressure is one of other health complications that could arise out of hypothyroidism.

A proper managed diet and medication are important to monitor while suffering from hypothyroidism; however, there are a few more factors which are equally responsible like drinking plenty of water; at least 2 litres of water daily to required stay healthy and fit. Water helps to flush out harmful toxins from the body and is necessary for the proper functioning. Eating healthy is as important as proper thyroid medicine.

Ayurvedic Thyroid medicine

Bioresurge Ayurvedic ReguThyro contains herbs like Kaanchnaar, Guggul, Triphala, GorakhmundiPippali to regulate thyroid hormones & for normal functioning of thyroid gland. Since Stress is the main cause of hypothyroidism, please make sure to add yoga and meditation to your daily routine and keep the symptoms of hypothyroidism in check.