You don’t consume enough fatsBefore you decide to start following a diet, you need to know which products you should stop eating. A low-fat diet can help you lose weight but most people stop consuming the bad fats and also the good ones that are extremely important for our brain and thyroid. You can find useful fats in olive and linseed oil, eggs, dairy products, meat, fish, and wheat germ. Do not quit eating these products, actually your diet will help you achieve positive results and your body will be healthy.
Too much stress in your lifeStress affects all your systems like the endocrine system, in your body. When you’re in a constant state of tension, the thyroid stops working properly and produces too much or too little hormones. If you’ve already experienced problems with your thyroid, stress may lead to panic attacks or long-term memory loss. Lack of sleep and stressful work are also in the list of risk factors. A hectic lifestyle makes us constantly feel nervous. In order to reduce the risks, you need to sleep enough, walk a lot, and do exercises. It’s better to turn to a psychologist in some cases, they’ll help you to cope with stressful situations.
Eating too many cruciferous vegetablesExperts from Oregon State University found out that raw cruciferous vegetables affect the work of the thyroid. It is not advisable to eat a lot of cabbage, turnips, and radishes, especially if you suffer from iodine deficiency. These products contain glucosinolates, which contain nitrogen and sulfur (that’s why these vegetables are slightly bitter.) When these elements get inside our body, they affect our thyroid and can even cause a goiter. Consider eating vegetables like beets, tomatoes, and celery.
SmokingApart from the lungs, smoking also affects the thyroid. Tobacco slowly makes the thyroid produce more and more hormones causing hyperthyroidism. Additionally, the smoke contains toxins and it takes our body 6 days to remove them. During these days, the amount of iodine in the thyroid decreases. The level of thyroid hormones in your blood rises and the work of the thyroid worsens.
Consuming too many products that contain caffeineAlthough it’s good if you start your day with a cup of coffee, but it’s not a good idea to drink it too often. Coffee and strong tea contain caffeine that increases the amount of cortisol in the body. This stress hormone affects the thyroid and our metabolism worsens.
You consume butter and margarineYou should be very careful if are among the people who like butter. This product is on the list of high-cholesterol foods. Cholesterol affects the lipid balance and the work of the thyroid. In spite of this fact, it’s not recommended to stop eating foods containing animal fats, like butter is the source of selenium and vitamin D and it’s possible to control the amount of butter you eat. On the other hand, you needbto avoid margarine because it’s made from trans fats, which damage our endocrine and cardiovascular systems and lead to obesity.
Eating high glycemic index foodsThe glycemic index is a ranking of carbohydrate foods based on their immediate effect on blood sugar levels. A high glycemic index means that the process of breakdown is too quick. You need to pay attention to what you eat to keep your thyroid healthy. Remember that, high glycemic products are sweets, pastries, pasta, and white rice. They contain a huge amount of carbohydrates and affect the process of iodine absorption. The iodine deficiency leads to thyroid issues.
Alcohol abuseAlcohol can increase or decrease the pancreatic secretions which can affect the body: women start experiencing menstrual problems and men start suffering from low libido. Thyroid issues also have a negative impact on the vegetative nervous system and may lead to tremors, tachycardia, bowel disorders, mood swings, and other unpleasant symptoms. According to research, if your thyroid doesn’t work properly and produces excess hormones, the process of dehydrogenase synthesis slows down. Thus, the impact of alcohol on the body increases.
You don’t need to worry because not all these factors lead to negative consequences. You just have to take care of your body and turn to a doctor if you notice any changes in your health.
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