The Foods You Must Avoid With an Underactive Thyroid
Living a healthy, medicated life with a stable thyroid involves several changes to your diet and daily routine. The rules are different depending on if your thyroid is overactive or underactive.
This article will focus on the nutritional life of a patient with an underactive thyroid.
Medication and Foods Don’t Always Mix
This is rule number one. Since your thyroid can no longer produce a sufficient hormone supply on its own, you will need to make allowances in your diet and daily schedule that allow your medication to adequately replace the depleted amount.
It’s important to note that these foods aren’t prohibited, you just have to wait a certain amount of time to eat them. Your specialist will likely recommend that you take your thyroid medication first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
After you have done that, wait between two and four hours to eat or drink anything that contains calcium or iron. This includes calcium-fortified fruit juices.
Certain vitamins and minerals will inhibit the absorption rate of your medication. The good news is that you only have to wait one hour to drink your morning cup of coffee, and if you take hormone liquid capsules, they do not react with coffee at all.
The Harmful Nutritional Truth
There are also foods that can harm or damage your thyroid gland. These foods can cause goiters to form due to inflammation and swelling. The list includes broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, soy, and the over-consumption of fiber or gluten.
You can still gain the nutritional value from these foods, they just have to be cooked or steamed first. During your first six months of treatment, you should get your thyroid level checked every 6 to 8 weeks to make sure that your dosage and absorption rate are correct.
If an increase is needed, it will be given incrementally over a period of several weeks so that your system has time to adjust properly.
The most essential component of an underactive thyroid diet is water. Due to the effects of the condition, patients can forget just how important water is. Specialists recommend that you drink one ounce for every pound of weight on a daily basis. This helps clear constipation without fiber.
Discuss dietary tips with your specialist.
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