Diet and food makes the difference in people suffering from hyperthyroidism.
Some of the foods that a hyperthyroidism patient should avoid are mentioned as…
1 :: Suspected food allergens
Consuming food you are allergic to can aggravate your hyperthyroidism symptoms.
Potential culprits that cause allergic reaction include milk, gluten, artificial additives, egg yolk, soy and corn. If you suspect a food allergy follow an elimination diet under the guidance of a diet and nutrition counselor.
2 :: High Glycaemic food
Food that causes sudden rise is blood sugar are high glycaemic food that includes all purpose floor, sweets, sugar, white rice, packed juices, processed and instant foods.
These foods can increase your risk for diabetes and in turn diabetes is very strongly associated with thyroid diseases.
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3 :: Bad fats
Trans fats and saturated fats are generally considered unhealthy fats as these are linked with high incidence of inflammation. Avoid red, processed meat, cold cuts, high fat dairy products and commercially baked foods such as cakes, pastries, biscuits, cookies and French fries.
4 :: Alcohol, Caffeine and Nicotine
Alcohol, caffeine and Nicotine are stimulants and can influence your mood, sleep and thyroid function. These addictions also interferes with thyroid functioning and medications.
5 :: Seaweed
Seaweed is the richest source of iodine (1 serving gives 4,500micrograms). While the recommended dose of iodine is only 150microgram/day.
According to national endocrine and metabolic disease information service, consuming too much iodine can cause overproduction of thyroid hormones, which can exacerbate your condition.
6 :: Iodized salt
Again, with more than recommended dose of iodine, iodized salt can aggravate your symptoms. Instead use sea-salt that contains lower iodine concentration.
7 :: Polysaccharides
A lot of people with Graves’ disease cannot digest polysaccharides (barley, rye, corn, potato, and yam) because of lack of enzymes required to break polysaccharides.
8 :: Sugar and sugar substitutes
Avoid sugar, artificial sweeteners (processed foods, chewing gum, candies) and high fructose corn syrup (in carbonated drinks, packed juices), as these provide fuel for intestinal bacteria and can lead to leaky gut syndrome. A connection between leaky gut syndrome and autoimmune diseases has already been documented by several studies.
Simple omission of the above mentioned food items from the diet will not cure your condition. Following these home remedies might help to manage the symptoms better.