5 Foods That Affect Thyroid Health For The Better or Worse

by DailyHealthPost Editorial

Foods That Damage the Thyroid

1. Wheat and other grains like rye, barley, millet and oats.

There has been some evidence of the link between gluten-sensitivity and poor thyroid function. If your thyroid isn’t in great shape, you’ll probably be better off restricting your intake of gluten. Millet contains goitrogens, and should be avoided if you’re concerned about your thyroid.

2. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, turnips, brussels sprouts and kale.


These veggies are known for their thyroid-suppressing properties because they contain goitrogens. Thorough cooking deactivates these to some extent. You don’t have to eliminate these vegetables from your diet, but it would be wise to reduce your intake if you’re concerned about thyroid health.

3. Soy in its many forms

Soy is a powerful food. Even a small serving of soy each day is enough to suppress thyroid function. So give your thyroid a break and ditch the soy.

4. Soy

Yes, I am including this one twice because it’s one of the worst foods for your thyroid. Don’t underestimate how damaging this food is to your metabolism.

5. Alcohol


Medical research has proven that chronic alcohol use is bad for your thyroid function. It has an even worse effect when you are pregnant. Alcohol depresses thyroid function in both the mother and the fetus. It is generally advised by doctors not to drink when pregnant.

Don’t Forget…

Remember that regardless of what you are or aren’t eating, not eating enough is a surefire way to interfere with natural thyroid function.

Dieting and under-eating are top contributors to thyroid imbalances, so make sure you are eating plenty of real food for your activity level and lifestyle.