7 Worst Foods For Your Hypothyroidism


The thyroid gland sits on the front of your neck and produces a hormone that impacts EVERY SINGLE CELL, TISSUE, and ORGAN in your entire body. How does it do this? The thyroid gland is responsible for maintaining your body temperature, heart rate, and controlling your metabolism. The thyroid gland is very sensitive, meaning that too much thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and too little TSH can cause detrimental effects throughout your body. You see, the hypothalamus in your brain (a very small gland that is a BIG deal) produces thyroid releasing hormone (or TRH). {When functioning properly, your thyroid gland and hypothalamus become a feedback loop that constantly keep your thyroid levels in “balance.” Think of it as a checks and balances system.} TRH stimulates the pituitary gland to release TSH. TSH stimulates the thyroid gland to actually release the actual thyroid hormones (T3 & T4). T3 & T4 levels are monitored by the pituitary gland which (based upon the amount in free circulation in the bloodstream) either increases or decreases your TRH. And the cycle continues.

So, what happens in those with hypothyroidism? Hypothyroidism is defined as underactive or a low amount of free circulating thyroid hormone (T3 & T4). When the hypothalamus releases TRH, the pituitary stimulates TSH, and T3 & T4 are released. When a person has hypothyroidism, their TSH levels will be elevated but their T3 & T4 levels will be low. These low levels will feed back to the pituitary gland, which will increase TRH, which will increase TSH, and the cycle continues. The brain (hypothalamus that releases TRH) interprets the low levels of T3 & T4 and tries to increase them by increasing TRH and TSH.


#1 Broccoli (And other cruciferous vegetables)

Kale, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, and cabbage are not actually  “bad” for the your thyroid – but if you have hypothyroidism or a goiter it should be limited unless its  thoroughly cooked . “Goitrogen’s”, can actually prevent your thyroid from getting the iodine it needs to run properly. You thyroid needs iodine to be able to convert it into hormones.  Iodine is a necessity for for healthy thyroid function. If your  iodine is low cruciferous veggies will contribute to your thyroid problems.

cruciferous vegetables

The same is true for other cruciferous vegetables like:

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bok choy
  • Radishes
  • Mustard greens
  • Chard

As you know, these vegetables are excellent in fighting cancer and has many other health benefits so perhaps another  solution could be to eat more iodine rich foods along with your cruciferous veggies.

#2 Strawberries (And other fruits containing thiourea)

fruits containing thiourea

Strawberries and peaches are “mildly goitrogenic” foods and they contain thiourea.

These fruits carry the compound called thiourea, which poses the same problem as the cruciferous vegetables.  As mentioned in #1,  “Goitrogen’s”, can actually prevent your thyroid from getting the iodine it needs to run properly. You thyroid needs iodine to be able to convert it into hormones.  Iodine is a necessity for for healthy thyroid function. If your  iodine is low cruciferous veggies will contribute to your thyroid problems.

Other fruits that contain thiourea are:

  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Rutabaga

#3 Soy


Brilliant marketing campaigns have lead you to believe that soy products are healthy but in fact its completely the opposite. Soy products are not healthy foods. Eating soy frequently can potentially lead to numerous other health issues.

For centuries, Asian people have been consuming fermented soy products such as natto, tempeh, and soy sauce, and enjoying the health benefits. Fermented soy does not wreak havoc on your body like unfermented soy products do.

The issue with soy is most soy today contains something called phytoestrogens, and these phytoestrogens are estrogen mimickers in the body. And so, if you’re a male consuming extra estrogen, it’s going to give you more feminine characteristics.

If you’re a woman consuming foods that increase estrogen levels, it’s going to increase your risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and other hormone imbalance-related disorders.

Many have felt as if they needed a diary substitute since they couldn’t tolerate dairy. Actually your body was doing  you a even bigger favor.

For starters, some chemicals such as isoflavones, found in soy products like soy milk or edamame, can intercept your thyroid’s ability to make hormones if you’re not getting enough iodine.

Soybeans are one of the crops that are being genetically modified. Since 1997 GMO soybeans are being used in an increasing number of products.

Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility—even cancer and heart disease. Here is just a sampling of the health effects that have been linked to soy consumption:

  • Breast cancer
  • Brain damage
  • Infant abnormalities
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Immune system impairment
  • Severe, potentially fatal food allergies
  • Impaired fertility
  • Danger during pregnancy and nursing

Final thoughts on Soy: Soy is terrible – contains trypsin inhibitors, is a source of xenoestrogens, even if it’s organic, and if it’s GMO, it also comes with a lot of glyphosate and other pesticide residues. Avoid it like the black plague.

#4 Empty Calorie Foods

fatty foods

Empty calorie foods are primarily made up of solid fats and/or added sugars.  Foods with empty calories can add to your overall caloric intake but offer little to no nutritional value. Empty calories foods such as sweets, sodas and other sweetened beverages are a rich source of sugar.  It seems these highly addictive foods taste delicious  but can eventually take years off your life and add pounds to your waistline. Eating clean and loaded your body with the needed health fats would benefit your body.  Organic meats are always best. Try to eat more organic beef, wild fish, eggs, free-range chicken,  good quality protein powders along with avocado, coconut, nuts and seeds, real butter, raw cheese and other organic  dairy products.

#5 Sugary Foods

sugary foods

Eating sugar is making your adrenal glands work harder.  Stop indirectly making your adrenal gland producing extra cortisol to fight the excess sugar.

There’s no way to sugarcoat the truth — Americans are eating more sugar than ever before. Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill determined that, on average, Americans are consuming 83 more calories per day from caloric sweeteners than they did in 1977. And those extra 83 calories a day turn into a whopping 2,490 calories per month.

Food Average number of teaspoons of sugar (or equivalent) per serving
1. Soda and sweetened beverages (mostly carbonated soft drinks, but also includes fruit “drinks” and “ades” and bottled iced teas). 9 teaspoons per 12-ounce serving of soda; 12 teaspoons per 12-ounce serving of fruit drink or ade.
2. Cakes, cookies, pastries, and pies. 6 teaspoons in 1/16 of a pie or frosted cake.
3. Sugar or sugar substitute blends such as syrups, honey, molasses, and sweet toppings. 3 teaspoons per tablespoon of syrup or honey.
4. Candy. 3 teaspoons per 1-ounce chocolate bar.
5. Frozen milk desserts (includes ice cream and frozen yogurt). 3 teaspoons per 1/2 cup.

#6 Caffeine


Caffeine adds stress to your adrenal glands and the endocrine system. caffeine will stimulate you adrenals causing them to adrenaline and cortisol in the exact same way as they do during a ‘fight or flight’ reaction. Caffeine gives you a false boost in energy before the fall to fatigue.

Your thyroid is very sensitive to stimulants. It only confuses  your already overworked system.

If you must have coffee, try to limit it to one cup of coffee a day.

As for caffeinated soda, this beverage is a loaded with empty calories, a crazy amount of sugar and then top if off with the caffeine. You can purchase soda water without sodium and squeeze a lemon or lime into it.

#7 Processed Foods

processed food

Plain and simple, packaged foods have added preservatives and few nutrients. Chips, cookies, cereals, crackers — foods that come in a bag or box that have been pre-made at a facility.

Cook at home using whole ingredients as nature intended them. I understand this isn’t always possible but it’s an excellent goal to aim for.

The less you eat packaged foods made of who knows what, the more they begin to taste too salty or become unappetizing in general.

#7 Dairy and Gluten

Image result for dairy

Most people don’t realize that they have a very common food allergies to gluten and dairy. A1 casein is a protein found in cow’s milk. The A1 casein and gluten both can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome . This will increase inflammation and tax your already low hormone producing thyroid gland.  When you have a “Leaky gut” it allows particles to leak from your digestive tract and travel freely through your bloodstream. This puts your immune system  on high alert to neutralize all of these threats. After awhile of the constant abuse from your leaky gut and eventually puts your body in a state of chronic inflammation and next setting you on the path to develop an autoimmune disease where  your immune system becomes so stressed and confused that it begins attacking your own tissue by mistake. So the next time you go to eat that cheeseburger keep in mind that since you have a leaky gut that was originally caused by gluten and dairy consumption, your willingly allowing their proteins to  travel freely into your bloodstream, where they trigger an attack from your immune system.  I use ghee for cooking very frequently. The clarifying process also removes casein.  I also use coconut milk.  In my research, These are a safer way to eat dairy if you must any type of raw dairy – milk, butter, cheese, cream, sour cream, cream cheese, ice cream, heavy cream, yogurt and  any type  of pasteurized grass-fed dairy of cream, butter, and ghee.


So what’s good for my thyroid health?

So, all this gloom and doom about what foods hinder thyroid function — what about those that promote this important butterfly shaped gland?

let’s get this thyroid to function properly and by doing so you will need a mixture of vitamins and minerals, which you can get from the following foods.

8 Foods That Promote Healthy Thyroid Function

  1. Ocean fish and sea vegetables are both an excellent source of iodine. Iodine is key in producing adequate amounts of thyroid hormone. It helps in balancing the metabolism — the process of converting food to energy.
  2. Nuts are loaded with nutrients and protein. Since many of them also contain the antioxidant selenium, I often recommend them for my thyroid patients. Selenium protects your immune system and thyroid, while aiding in the process of converting iodine from food into a usable nutrient. Brazil nuts have the highest concentration of selenium.
  3. Carrots and sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, which boosts the immune system. Since many thyroid disorders result in autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease, vitamin A is a must-have.
  4. Organic dairy is an easy way to consume your body’s much-needed amount of vitamin D. This vitamin is crucial in maintaining healthy cells that allow for stable thyroid function. Organic dairy also contains optimal amounts of calcium, protein, and iodine.
  5. Beans are chock-full of nutrients that your body craves. In addition to iodine, they are rich in fiber, which helps to stop constipation, a common problem with thyroid malfunction.
  6. Organic beef is loaded with zinc. Like iodine, zinc aids in the process of producing thyroid hormones. Zinc deficiencies can, in turn, prevent the body from making the proper amount of hormones needed for energy.
  7. Bananas contain magnesium, which almost all of my patients need more of. Low levels of magnesium spell trouble for a previously functional thyroid and since so many people are low on this nutrient, upping their daily intake is often an easy fix for regaining energy.
  8. Tomatoes are an excellent source of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and vitamins. MSM contains a specific bioavailable sulfur, which is a compound that promotes thyroid function.


Dieting for Your Thyroid

When it comes down to it, the proper diet for our thyroid is one that has balance. We need to constantly be incorporating a healthy amount of the three major sources of macronutrients:

  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Healthy Carbohydrates

The mix here is important, and by purchasing my book  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, I will show you exactly how and what you should be working each day  into your diet so that you start healing  your health.  Break that cycle today, start eating to cater to your thyroid and replenish your life.



Look into getting a  Knowledgeable Health Practitioner:

The main reason why you should work with a knowledgeable health practitioner is its  patient-centered medical healing at its best. Unfortunately  when it comes to hypothyroidism there isn’t a one size fits all approach to dealing with it and often times you are left still searching for the answers to your symptoms when all you want is your zest for life back. A knowledgeable health practitioner will care for you as a individual as they won’t look at your body as a whole they will treat each individual body symptom, imbalance and dysfunction. They certainly move from the confusion of the “one size fits all treatment” approach that we know isn’t working to the one that will cater to what you body needs.  Let’s not forget that each of us are a unique case and unless you get a proper thorough clinical evaluation, trying to figure what medical advise you need online is dubious at best.




Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website the hypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, Hypothyroidism Clarity,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way and  Hypothyroidism: The Beginners Guide: How to stop surviving and start thriving. You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
You can always click on this Facebook group and order my books too.  A Survivors Cookbook Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidisms Booty.



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