Foods To Avoid For Hypothyroidism

It all starts with food, and most importantly, which foods to avoid if you have hypothyroidism. You can eat a nutrient-dense diet but if you’re eating foods that YOUR body is sensitive to, you’ll continue to struggle with thyroid symptoms. The foods you should avoid are the same, regardless if you have hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s, or if your focus is weight loss.

Think of the human body like a fish tank. If you have a sick fish, the most important thing for that fish is its environment, the water.  If the water in the tank is unfiltered and tainted with chemicals the fish will continue to struggle until the water is cleaned. Putting miracle medicine drops in the water will only help so much.

The same is true for your body. You can keep trying new medications and adjusting the dose, but if you keep eating foods that cause inflammation you’ll continue to struggle with thyroid symptoms. BTW, some thyroid medications contain reactive food elements like corn, gluten, & dairy. Stay tuned for that article.

This is why so many diets fail. The main purpose of many diet programs is to reduce calories, but the concept of one man’s food is another man’s poison is never addressed. This is the most important thing for you to remember when it comes to diet.

There are foods that are natural and super-healthy like tomatoes that someone can eat with no adverse reaction. However, tomatoes, which are referred to as nightshades, may cause a reaction in your body.

The bottom line is this…you need to know YOUR body and what it likes and doesn’t like. Once you understand this, you won’t have to worry about another diet for the rest of your life. And, this concept is even more important if you have an autoimmune disorder like Hashimoto’s.

Hashimoto’s and other autoimmune conditions are thought to be caused by something called leaky gut syndrome. If you have leaky gut, your body will adversely react to more foods. In fact, a situation known as cross-reaction can occur. This is where your body mistakes one food for another. For instance, you may have a reaction/sensitivity to corn but your body may adversely react to rice, because it’s also a grain.

There are very expensive tests you can order that will help identify the reactive foods for you. However, you can figure it out on your own through an elimination diet.

Below is a list of foods to avoid if you have hypothyroidism.

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Soy

Here are some other foods that may cause reactions.

  • Eggs
  • Corn
  • Legumes
  • Nightshades
  • Other grains

This list is different from food allergens. If you have a food allergy, you most likely know what it is.

The most important thing to remember is to know YOUR body.

If you have hypothyroidism avoid the foods in the top list. Then, start experimenting with an elimination diet to determine if the lower list of foods are causing problems.

Remember, getting nutrients into your diet is important, but the most important thing to do is to avoid foods that cause you harm.

-Eat well and be well,
Dr. Kevin