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Food Sources That Can Impact Thyroid Health

The thyroid gland, an organ in the shape of a butterfly located at the base of the neck, is the part of the body responsible for producing and secreting hormones that affect nearly every aspect of an individual's body. When the thyroid becomes stressed, the rate at which it produces hormones slows down, which can result in weight gain, sleep disturbances, skin problems, constipation, fatigue, and psychological problems. Certain foods may be disruptive to how well the thyroid gland functions. Thus, particularly for individuals who are dealing with thyroid issues, diet is quite important. Here are the worst foods for the thyroid gland that should be limited or avoided entirely.

Soy

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Soy, and therefore most soy products, contains a hormone known as phytoestrogen that may interfere with the ability of the thyroid gland to produce adequate hormones. Some research suggests consuming too much soy may increase the risk of hypothyroidism, which occurs when the thyroid gland does not produce enough hormones. Soy can hide in a lot of unsuspecting foods, which is why individuals should be sure to read the labels on any packaged foods they buy quite carefully. If it helps, soy is commonly found in bean sprouts, teriyaki sauce, chocolate, cereal, dairy substitutes, and even some vitamins.

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