Most hypothyroidism is caused by an autoimmune attack on the thyroid, a small powerhouse gland that regulates metabolism and lives deep in your throat. As the thyroid fails to make adequate hormone, the gland works harder to stimulate hormone production. In the process, the gland slowly increases in size, pushing outward to create a visible thickness in the throat called a goiter. When blood tests show that hormone production is down significantly, threatening the healthy function of your body, that’s when a physician will prescribe medication. In many, the daily pill is enough to reverse symptoms. But some continue to suffer, and if you’re one of them, it’s important to understand the goitrogens that may be contributing to your continuing symptoms.
Goitrogens come to us naturally, through certain fruits, vegetables, and grains. They are also found as chemical additives in products we ingest and processed foods we consume. Whatever the source, goitrogens can make it hard for the thyroid gland to produce and activate its hormone. They also contribute to your body’s inability to make full use of your thyroid medication.