6 Things that Trigger Thyroid Problems

Are you one of the 20 million Americans suffering from thyroid problems? Here are some things you need to know if you suffer with thyroid problems.

6 Things That Trigger Thyroid Problems

The thyroid plays a vital roll in regulating our hormones, metabolism and growth of the human body. It’s main function is to steadily release hormones into the bloodstream. When your thyroid doesn’t function properly, a host of health issues like weight gain, fatigue anxiety,dry skin, sensitivity to cold, depression and joint pain may occur.

Thankfully, there are things you can do to protect your thyroid from future damage. Start by removing foods from your diet that a harmful to your thyroid and make sure to consume foods and supplements that support your thyroid (like coconut oil).

6 Things that Trigger Thyroid Problems

1. Chlorine

Chlorine

Chlorine interfere with the absorption of iodine by the thyroid gland. Adequate iodine is vital for the proper function and health of your thyroid. If this absorption process is affected, insufficient iodine is retained in your thyroid and hypothyroidism is the result.

To reduce the amount of chlorine you’re exposed to, avoid swimming in heavily chlorinated water and use a chlorine shower and bath filter.

2. Fluoride

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Similar to Chlorine, fluoride is another chemical that triggers thyroid problems because fluoride is more electronegative than iodine and it displaces iodine in the body, which then disturbs thyroid function.

To reduce fluoride ingestion, ditch the toothpaste for a natural fluoride free toothpaste and use a fluoride water filter.

3. Cruciferous Vegetables

Goitrogenic Foods contain substances which can prevent your thyroid from getting its necessary amount of iodine.  If eaten in excess, they interfere with the healthy function of your thyroid gland. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower are some cruciferous vegetables that you may want to avoid if you have thyroid problems.

4. Gluten

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Gluten is a big no-no for many reasons, especially if you’re one of 18 million Americans that suffer from gluten sensitivity. According to Chris Kresser, studies show a strong link between AITD (both Hashimoto’s and Graves’) and gluten intolerance.

“The molecular structure of gliadin, the protein portion of gluten, closely resembles that of the thyroid gland. When gliadin breaches the protective barrier of the gut, and enters the bloodstream, the immune system tags it for destruction. These antibodies to gliadin also cause the body to attack thyroid tissue. This means if you have AITD and you eat foods containing gluten, your immune system will attack your thyroid.”

5. Soy

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Many say soy is a health food there’s a considerable amount of research that suggests otherwise. According to Dr. Mercola, soy and vegetable oils play a huge role in the growing number of Americans suffering from thyroid problems:

“There is a growing body of research concerning soy’s detrimental affect on the thyroid gland. Much of this research centers on the phytoestrogens (“phyto” means plant) that are found in soy. In the 1960s when soy was introduced into infant formulas, it was shown that soy was goitrogenic and caused goiters in babies. When iodine was supplemented, the incidence of goiter reduced dramatically.”

6. Polyunsaturated Fats

PUFA

Polyunsaturated fats and oils play a huge role on hormone secretion and have sever negative effects on our health. According to Ray Peat:

“There are many changes in hormones caused by unsaturated fats. Their best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the “protective hormones” progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything which blocks the thyroid function.” – Ray Peat

Ditch the polyunsaturated fats like canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil and opt for healthy fats like coconut oil, butter, olive oil, avocado oil and macadamia nut oil.

Are you Suffering With Thyroid Disease?

thyroid problemsHere’s a shocking statistic…

Did you know that approximately 20 million Americans are walking around with a serious thyroid condition… and almost 60% of them don’t even know it! And women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to get a thyroid condition.

Thyroid disease is often misdiagnosed as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, depression and infertility.

If you’ve experienced any of the following symptoms then there’s a strong chance that your thyroid is out of balance…

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Fatigue or exhaustion
  • Anxiety
  • Pale, dry skin
  • Constipation/stomach problems
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Depression
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Hair falling out
  • Thinning of your eyebrows

What’s worse is that an untreated thyroid condition can lead to:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Weight gain
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Depression and related mental health issues
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Goiter — which may inhibit your ability to swallow or breathe
  • Infertility and birth defects in offspring

But there’s good news! Once you know your risk and recognize the symptoms you can take the right steps to heal your body before it’s too late.

If you identified with one or more of the symptoms up above I urge you to take this 11-question quiz and find out your true risk.

The quiz was designed by my colleague Dr. Izabella Wentz, one of the foremost researchers in thyroid health today.

Not only that, Dr. Wentz is uniquely qualified because she had misdiagnosed thyroid disease for almost a decade until she finally got the answers she was looking for!

Take 30 seconds and discover your risk level for thyroid disease. It could save you years of struggle and uncertainty.

Start The Quiz Here

 

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
6 comments… add one
  • Dee March 22, 2017, 3:32 pm

    Hello Coconut Mama,
    When buying edible coconut oil, what ratio should the fats be…saturated 11 g., and trans 0 g. ?
    So many to look at and see…
    Yes, i have the thyroid curse too…

    Reply
  • Riya March 19, 2017, 1:11 pm

    Very helpful article. I was advised by my doctor to totally ditch goitrogenic foods from my diet but it is really hard to give them up completely. I make sure to eat very limited quantities, once or twice a month but not more than that.

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  • Cindy Prindle February 24, 2017, 8:23 am

    I have been taking levothyroxin for 20 years but still suffer from most of the symptoms you describe here related to thyroid problems. I eat healthy whole foods, avoid most of the foods you describe above, take supplements but still have the weight, constipation, depression, dry skin and other problems. So is there anything else I can do to help relieve these?
    Thank you
    Cindy

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  • Christina February 19, 2017, 8:49 am

    If I take iodine is it ok to eat Cruciferous Vegetables?

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  • Jan February 19, 2017, 8:09 am

    Ok, Tiffany, I already know I have hypothyroid disease, have been living with Armour Thyroid every day for about 20 years. I consume at least 1-3 T daily of coconut oil daily, avoid gluten, sugar, fruit and never, EVER soy. What I want to know is how to get off the meds forever! Point me in the restorative direction!
    Jan

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  • Vanessa February 19, 2017, 5:01 am

    Hi,could you tell me the source(s) of the chlorine and fluoride facts? I would like to read more on this.Thanks

    Reply

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