5 Signs Your Diet is Damaging Your Thyroid

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 in Chronic Disease

Do you know what your thyroid can do?

As one of the most important organs in your body, and a key component of your endocrine system, your thyroid is important for fulfilling a number of different functions throughout your body. Some of which include:

• Controlling metabolism
• Managing weight loss
• Maintaining balanced hormone function

Some studies are even showing that the thyroid can have a link to our mental health as well. So, taking into account how important it really is, it’s important that we find ways to maintain its health.

What a lot of people don’t know is that your thyroid is actually quit susceptible to damage, and a lot of that risk comes back to the poor dietary trends that have been dominating the United States lately. Sugary, processed foods that lack proper nutrients end up leaving your thyroid in bad shape – thankfully, you have the power to make a change. Take a careful look at your diet and take note of what you see.

Here are 5 signs that your diet could be hurting your thyroid:

1. Electrolyte Imbalance
Where are you getting your electrolytes? You need them for a healthy thyroid! Many people look to sources of magnesium, potassium, and sodium to keep their bodies in good shape – but be careful. With how easily fast food makes it into our lives these days, it’s easy to go overboard on the sodium. Some is good; too much is not. Have you considered trying pink Himalayan salt as an alternative?

2. Too Few Calories
Cutting calories completely is not good for you. Your body needs food to function and maintain its energy levels; without it, you’ll feel week and burnt out. At that point, it will only be a matter of time before some serious health issues show up as a result. By cutting out too many calories, your thyroid weakens its metabolism control. This can make it even harder to lose weight effectively.

3. Too Much Gluten
Research has gone into the effects of gluten intake on thyroid function, where findings indicate that too much gluten can impair the thyroid’s ability to perform optimally. At the same time, this relationship may also have a link to an increased risk of developing celiac disease.

Keep in mind that not everybody who eats a lot of gluten will develop celiac disease – but even then, there is a stronger link to how it affects your thyroid.

4. Too Much Caffeine
Studies have shown that drinking too much coffee can have a negative effect on your thyroid function. Try not to drink more than 400mg of caffeine each day – it’s easy to get hooked on it.

5. Too Few Carbs
Some people cut carbohydrates out of their diets with the expectation that it will help them lose weight. While it may be true that eating too many carbs can negatively impact your weight management, dropping them completely can slow your thyroid’s function and lead to a loss in muscle mass.

Most of these problems can be remedied by making a few simple changes to your diet (e.g. balancing carbs, fats, etc. and not going overboard on anything), so you won’t need to take any drastic measures if you fix up your diet early. Have a look at your diet and see what’s up – is it looking good?

Sources: written by Michelle Toole | Healthy Holistic Living