7 Foods to Avoid With Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism is a condition that results in production of too much hormone from the thyroid gland. It speeds up metabolism and interferes with your moods, bone health and heart health. Some symptoms of hyperthyroidism include unintentional weight loss, increased hunger, anxiety, tremors, rapid heartbeat and insomnia.

If a person is diagnosed with this condition then he is prescribed with thyroid hormone replacement therapy, thyroid depressive medications, iodine supplements an din severe cases, it could lead to surgery too. The most crucial part is the diet plan of hyperthyroidism patient because if proper food is not taken then it could lead to serious problems.

Listed below are some foods that you need to avoid if you have been diagnosed with this condition:

1. Alcohol

Alcohol can worsen your sleep problems and disturb your energy level. It also increases risk of osteoporosis among people suffering from hyperthyroidism. Make sure to avoid or limit your intake of cocktails, beer, wine or any other alcoholic beverage.

2. Dairy Products

Dairy Products
Patients of hyperthyroidism get affected in different ways from different types of foods. Some people start experiencing fatigue, bloating or intolerance as they develop inability to digest dairy products due to lactose intolerance. If you are one of those then you must avoid consuming yogurt, ice cream, cheese, milk etc.

3. Avoid Allergic Foods

Allergic Foods
One of the causes of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease which is an autoimmune disease triggered by food allergies. Thus, it is important to avoid foods that cause any allergy to you. Allergies from food include wheat allergies, peanut allergies, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance etc.

4. Added Sugars

Added Sugars
Added sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, cane sugar have very less nutritional value but add sweetness and calories to our food that can cause spikes in blood sugar levels. Remember to avoid food and beverages like fat free frozen yogurt, candies, pastries, cakes, cookies, jam, pancake syrups, soft drinks etc.

5. Enriched Flour

Enriched Flour

Digesting enriched flour is difficult and it contains less nutrients as compared to whole grains. It can disrupt your hormone and blood sugar level. It is a high glycemic food but you must consume food with low glycemic as it has the capability to restore healthy hormone levels. You should replace enriched cereals, snacks, bread and pasta with 100% whole grains such as whole wheat bread, air-popped popcorn, quinoa, barley, brown rice etc.

6. Caffeine


Avoiding stimulants such as sugar, coffee or any other caffeinated drink or food as it can intensify symptoms of hyperthyroidism. It is better to have fruit juice or water rather that caffeinated drinks.

7. Iodine Rich Foods

Iodine Rich Foods

Iodine boosts up the activity of the thyroid gland thus it is vital to avoid food rich in iodine. Avoid consuming iodized salt, kelp, seaweed or any other sea food rich in iodine.