Can Certain Foods Increase Thyroid Function
The idea that diet can improve thyroid function has been perpetuated for quite some time. Now this is not to say that your diet doesn’t affect your thyroid function, but patients need to do extensive research and get help from a specialist or nutritionist before putting too much stock in this methodology.
The Truth Behind the Methodology
What you eat does affect your bodily function and chemistry. Certain foods can boost organ function while others lead to inflammation and aggravation. When it comes to your thyroid function, it’s this second group of foods that you need to watch out for.
Too much iodine, sugar, fiber, and raw vegetables (particularly broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage) will inflame and damage thyroid tissue, which suppresses hormone production. Nutritional support should be part of any thyroid management plan. Look up additional information on foods to avoid when making meal plans.
So, why should your diet complement your drug therapy? It may be difficult to definitively prove that you can repair thyroid damage with dietary choices, but dietary choices certainly affect your medication absorption.
Timing is Everything
There’s no doubt that the first six months after your diagnosis are full of adjustments. Part of the reason patients struggle to stabilize and return to a normal symptom-free life is because they don’t initially understand the limits of their medication.
Thyroid medication should generally be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Failure to do that might make the drug efficacy a problem.
Additionly, you’ll need to pay attention to the timing and consumption of certain foods. According to WebMD, the following list of foods need to be consumed at least four hours after you take your thyroid medication:
- Soybean flour
- Cottonseed meal
- Iron supplements or multivitamins containing iron
- Calcium supplements
- Antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium
- Some ulcer medications, such as sucralfate (Carafate)
- Some cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as those containing cholestyramine (Questran) and colestipol (Colestid)
Learning a new dietary timetable will stop you from impairing both your thyroid function and the absorption rate of the synthetic hormone.
All in all, it will help to make your drug therapy more effective and the adjustment easier to handle. If your dosage does need to be adjusted, your specialist will do so incrementally.
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