Since thyroid hormones regulate metabolism in every cell of the body, a deficiency of thyroid hormones (hypothyroidism) can cause a wide variety of symptoms such as:
- Difficulty losing weight
- Dry skin
- Fatigue or low energy
- Menstrual problems
- Recurrent infections
- Sensitivity to cold
- High cholesterol levels
A common cause of hypothyroidism across the world is iodine deficiency. The thyroid gland adds iodine to the amino acid tyrosine to create thyroid hormones. Low iodine intake leads to hypothyroidism and/or the development of an enlarged thyroid gland (called a goiter).
Few people in the US are now considered iodine-deficient due to the addition of iodine to table salt in the twentieth century, yet some still develop goiters. These goiters are probably a result of the excessive ingestion of goitrogens – foods which block iodine utilization. These include such foods as: turnips, cabbage, mustard, cassava root, soybean, peanut, spine nuts, millet.
Cooking usually inactivates goitrogens. If you have low thyroid function one option would be to avoid the above foods and another option would be to eat only small amounts of these foods after they’ve been cooked.
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