How Goitrogenic Foods Affect Your Thyroid Health

How Goitrogenic Foods Affect Your Thyroid Health

Hello Lovelies:

Are you concerned about your metabolism? Is your thyroid sluggish? Does it live in hyper-speed? Do you have an autoimmune disease that’s hijacked your thyroid’s control centre and left your metabolism in a lurch? Whether you’re hyper- or hypo-, or just want to keep your metabolism running optimally, there are foods that can play a role! Like goitrogenic foods.

Let’s Talk About How Goitrogenic Foods Affect Your Thyroid Health:

How Goitrogenic Foods Affect Your Thyroid Health and if it matters if you have Graves Disease, Hashimotos, or non-autoimmune hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.

Thyroid health is incredibly important! And it’s very likely that, unless you have an illness that affects its function, you haven’t given it a lot of thought. I certainly didn’t! These days, thyroid care ranks pretty highly on my list… and I wish I had paid better attention to it before my immune system faltered.

Goitrogenic foods are something that I eat very regularly! They’ve received a bit of flack, but these guys are truly amazing! And unless you have an iodine deficiency, or are battling Hashimotos or hypothyroidism, these guys have nothing but benefits to offer!

So what the heck are goitrogenic foods and why should you eat them?

In short, goitrogenic foods have an effect on iodine metabolism. Iodine is crucial for thyroid function. And the inhibiting effects of those eager little goitrogens slowdown that process and reduce the amount of thyroid hormone produced.

For the average, healthy individual, the effects are minimal and the awesome health benefits of most of these foods far outweigh any metabolic concerns. There’s no reason to fear a growing waistline and avoid them! You’d truly be missing out.

But how to Goitrogenic foods affect hyperthyroidism or Graves Disease?

If you have Graves Disease or non-autoimmune hyperthyroidism, goitrogenic foods are an awesome addition to your health care routine and should be consumed with fervor! Anything with an anti-thyroid effect is to be desired. Increased iodine uptake is a huge factor here! The inhibiting effects of goitrogenic foods provide some awesome support to your overworked, struggling thyroid.

But those with an iodine deficiency, Hashimoto’s or hypothyroidism should be a little concerned.

If you have hashimotos or non-autoimmune hypothyroidism, your goal is to boost iodine uptake and thyroid metabolism, not inhibit it. But I have great news, my hypothyroid friends!

Goitrogenic compounds are heat sensitive!

So steam, bake, boil and cook away! There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy these goodies; they have too many wonderful nutrients to be avoided entirely. And hey, as long as you do so in moderation, consuming some of these babies raw is all right.

So now that we know more about goitrogenic foods and thyroid health, what exactly are we looking for?

Here’s a list of some of my favourite goitrogenic foods:

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Radishes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Peanuts
  • Maca

Cruciferous veggies dominate this list! And giving these babies up without reason would be heart breaking. These veggies have some of the highest levels of Vitamins A and C, fiber and folic acid and are pretty packed full of other antioxidants, manganese and vitamin K as well (which helps control inflammation, something my autoimmune friends know to strive for).

Want in on some of my favourite goitrogen packed recipes? Check out these smoothies, treat yourself to some Nooch Mac and Cheese, or satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy Sweet Breaded Pears. Health is sweet!

Please remember that these foods are helpers; eating well will do nothing but benefit your health and help your body function as optimally as possible. However, they are in no way a replacement for your medication! Continue to work with your doctor and receive regular checkups and testing while you support your body with awesome self-love and good nutrition.

Here’s to happy, healthy thyroids,

Health and love,


What are your favourite goitrogens? Let me know in the comments below.

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