5 Bad Habits That Make Thyroid Problems Worse

Our daily habits greatly affect our health. Whatever we do on a daily basis will cause either good or harm to our whole system. Some people just can’t help but do bad habits that can worsen health conditions like thyroid problems. Here are the 5 bad habits that can worsen your thyroid condition.

1. Smoking

Smoking cigarettes increases the severity of thyroid problems mostly because of the cyanide content in tobacco smoke. The cyanide is a chemical that disrupts the thyroid function by inhibiting the gland to synthesize hormones that bond to their receptors.

Quitting smoking can be very hard, still you can try some natural alternatives, such as stevia leaves, to satisfy your cravings.

2. Eating the wrong food

It’s just either of these two: you are not aware, or you are just really stubborn and still insistent on eating the food that are not good for you. People with thyroid problems are prohibited from eating Cruciferous foods like bok choy, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, mustard and mustard greens, radishes, rutabagas, soy (anything made from it), and turnips. Though they are vegetables, they are believed to have high levels of goitrogens, the one that causes goiter. So next time you come across these foods, eat with moderation, or better yet, avoid them.

3. Stress

Too much stress can also interrupt the proper thyroid function and can cause long-term memory impairment.

Keeping stress in control is crucial for proper management of thyroid dysfunction.

4. Gulping the bad drinks for you

Too much caffeine from coffee or other beverages can, well not kill you, but worsen your thyroid problem. According to hypothyroidmom.com, “Coffee impacts the absorption of levothyroxine (the synthetic thyroid hormone); this is why thyroid patients need to take their hormone replacement pill at least an hour before drinking coffee. The indirect but important point is that coffee contributes to estrogen dominance, cited above, and estrogen dominance inhibits T4 to T3 conversion.”

5. Not Following Doctor’s Advice

If thyroid dysfunction is left untreated, it can lead to serious health complications. That’s why it is so important to follow your doctor’s advice and recommendations. He will prescribe you an effective treatment to improve your thyroid health.

References: kitchmenow.com, womendailymagazine.com

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