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7 Foods That Slump the Thyroid
7 Foods That Slump the Thyroid

Could some of your healthy meal
choices actually be hurting you?

What if your . . . fatigue . . . brain fog . . . weight gain . . . or all-around “blah” feeling is not a result of getting older or stress, but from the food you put in your mouth every single day?

No, not fast food, I’m talking about superstar foods that get endless praise such as:

  • Kale . . .
  • Cabbage . . .
  • Brussels Sprouts . . .
  • Soy Milk . . .
  • Whole Wheat Bread . . .

Unfortunately, sometimes the drive to do right can be in the wrong direction, especially if you’re one of the millions of Americans living with the condition I’ll be discussing with you today.

It’s like the devoted runner who jogs three miles a day — rain or shine — to maintain his heart health, only to discover he’s destroyed his knees beyond repair . . .

Or the dedicated yoga student, looking for flexibility and mental peace, who damages her spine, taking all types of exercise off the menu for a year . . .

And maybe you, yourself, have worked hard to do what’s right for your body only to read in the news that what you’re doing is now considered wrong. What’s up is now down?

Look: It’s exhausting to keep up with the latest medical “dos” and “don’ts,” and believe me, I know it feels like a losing battle sometimes.

That’s why I’m going to lay some things on the line for you today, while bringing to light a common, yet under-diagnosed, problem I’m seeing just about everywhere.

I’m Dr. David Brownstein, M.D., and I’m a board-certified family physician and medical director at the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

I have written 11 health books so far and I’m also the medical editor of the popular Newsmax report Dr. Brownstein's Natural Way to Health.

I shifted my practice from traditional medicine years ago when I saw scores of physicians failing to address true underlying causes of health issues by using a “Big Pharma Band-Aid” (a.k.a., countless prescription pills) for treatment.

I witnessed time and again mainstream doctors relying too heavily on drugs that serve only to cover up the issues — and fatten some wallets — by sweeping symptoms under the rug.

I had had enough, so I made a change — a big one.

My personal quest to find a more effective way to treat problems (instead of masking them) started close to home with one patient who searched for relief from persistent symptoms for years — my father, Ellis.

He had been through the wringer daily with unexplained issues that severely downgraded his quality of life.

Giving my father respite after he felt ignored by countless specialists was one of the most rewarding milestones in my career of almost 30 years, and I aim to give others the same relief that I gave him.

De, Brownstein

About Dr. Brownstein

David Brownstein, M.D. believes holistic medicine will be THE medicine of the 21st century. He is Chief of the Center for Holistic Medicine in Bloomfield, Michigan. A board-certified family physician and one of the foremost holistic practitioners in America. He has had great success in resolving numerous medical disorders, including arthritis, thyroid disease, chronic fatigue, hormone imbalance, diabetes, and many others. Dr. Brownstein is the author of 11 health books, and editor of the popular monthly newsletter Natural Way to Health.


He too was suffering from this prevalent problem that seems to be increasing by the minute.

So let me ask . . . Do YOU . . .

Stumble through the days . . . dealing with extreme exhaustion and moodiness because you’ve been told it’s a normal part of aging or that it’s “all in your head?”

Do you . . .

Feel like somewhere along the way you’ve lost something in the fiber of who you are? Or feel less desirable to the opposite sex due to rapid weight gain?

Have you . . .

Struggled in your relationships with friends or family members because of mood changes, crabbiness, and a lack of enthusiasm?

Well, I believe you deserve better than that! And today, I’ll tell you how.

So please keep reading, because I’m going to share with you vital information about the little-known condition that’s plaguing literally millions of people.

I’m also going to give you some crucial diet tips — while squashing popular myths on diet “essentials.”

I’ll tell you how to, once again . . .

  • Wake up bright-eyed . . .
  • Get emotionally in-tune . . .
  • Feel energetic and ready to take on life’s challenges

So what is this mystery epidemic anyway?

thyroid gland

I’m talking about one of the most important glands in your body.

Weighing in at less than one ounce, your thyroid is a little bow-tie-shaped gland near the Adam’s apple in your neck.

Although the thyroid is tiny in size, it has the power to wreak havoc on you anywhere from head to toe.

That’s because the human body has about 37 trillion cells in total, and most of them have thyroid hormone receptors.

Because of this, poor thyroid performance can trigger a wide range of issues throughout the mind and the body.

While one person with thyroid problems might feel extremely tired (physical), another might feel extremely depressed (mental).

What does the thyroid do?

Your thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland — a small peanut-sized gland at the base of the brain. The thyroid’s function is to take iodine and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

thyroid hormones

If the levels of T3 and T4 drop too low, the pituitary gland produces thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which basically orders the thyroid to increase production of hormones.

This multifaceted machine regulates your metabolism and controls every bit of the energy you use, from scratching your head to running a marathon.

It’s truly a fascinating system of the body, but a severely problematic one if the levels are off by even the tiniest amount.

What’s more, due to the abundance of processed foods and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, the majority of Americans are dealing with thyroid malfunctions in some way, yet they don’t even know it.

And why is this hidden epidemic so common in Americans? Well, for one because standard testing has yet to catch up to the problem.

The tests that most doctors use don’t offer a complete assessment because they focus on the TSH levels and not the more crucial T3 and T4.

This is why I run a full thyroid panel when patients are showing symptoms of thyroid trouble.

If you suspect you’re thyroid is underperforming, I recommend asking for a full thyroid assessment from a doctor who truly understands the complexities of the gland.

“Let food be thy medicine”

So how could the foods you eat for vitality be silently zapping your stamina or draining your mental cognition?

Let’s move back to the sometimes misleading super foods that I spoke about earlier and then talk about some thyroid-supporting foods to add to your diet.

7 Foods That Slump Energy

#1 Kale (And other cruciferous vegetables)

This hearty green superstar can do no wrong . . . unless your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. Kale is a “goitrogen”, meaning it can actually prevent your thyroid from getting the iodine it needs to run properly.

Remember how I said the thyroid’s function is to take iodine and convert it into hormones? Iodine is irreplaceable for healthy thyroid function.

If you have low iodine, which many people unknowingly do, kale may be a contributor to your thyroid problems.

cruciferous vegetables

The same is true for other cruciferous vegetables like:

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Bok choy
  • Radishes
  • Mustard greens
  • Chard

As you know, these vegetables do have other benefits so a solution could be to up your iodine with a supplement in order to keep these vegetables in your diet.


#2 Strawberries (And other fruits containing thiourea)

fruits containing thiourea

It’d be nice to think all things growing from the ground are automatically good for you, but a malfunctioning thyroid shifts that notion.

Some fruits have a compound called thiourea, which poses the same problem as the cruciferous vegetables mentioned above.

Functioning as a goitrogen, the compound can hinder the iodine needed to produce thyroid hormones and worsen thyroid problems in the process.

If you can’t imagine meals without your favorite fruits, consider a daily iodine supplement.

Other fruits that contain thiourea are:

  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Rutabaga

#3 Soy


Although marketing campaigns would have you believe otherwise, soy products are not health foods.

Soy milk has long been the answer to people who are dairy intolerant, but it comes with its own laundry list of problems.

For starters, some chemicals such as isoflavones, found in soy products like soy milk or edamame, can intercept your thyroid’s ability to make hormones if you’re not getting enough iodine.

(Not to mention it’s No. 1 on the list of genetically modified foods — GMOs.)

If you must drink soy milk due to a dairy intolerance, consider a daily supplement with iodine to give your thyroid some help if the gland is already taxed.


#4 Fatty Foods

fatty foods

You know the ones. The highly addictive foods that taste heavenly but can literally take years off your life.

Foods like burgers, french fries, bacon, nachos, pizza — you can’t miss them thanks to the trail of grease.

These foods contribute to low energy and fatigue when they’re a regular part of your diet and greatly hinder the duties of a weary thyroid.


#5 Sugary Foods

sugary foods

Americans love their sugar fixes, especially foods containing refined sugar, which is the worst of them all — candy, ice cream, sodas, cookies.

When you have a compromised thyroid, the last thing you want to do is amp your system with sugar because the higher you go, the further you’ll fall.

This is a tricky boomerang situation that I see with many of my fatigued patients. They get a surge of energy with sugary foods and crash hard soon after.

If you have a sweet tooth that won’t quit, opt for natural, non-processed sugars found in foods like dates or figs.


#6 Caffeine


Much like sugar, caffeine gives you a false boost in energy before the steady dip into fatigue.

The thyroid is incredibly sensitive to stimulants, which serve to confuse an already overworked system.

Limiting yourself to one cup of coffee a day is generally a fair compromise.

As for caffeinated soda, this beverage is a double-whammy with the sugar content on top of the caffeine, so taking it out of your beverage rotation is the best way to go.

If it’s bubbles you crave, buy soda water without sodium and squeeze a lemon or lime into it.

Although it sounds less appealing at first, your taste buds will soon adjust — and your thyroid will thank you.


#7 Processed Foods

processed food

Plain and simple, packaged foods have added preservatives and few nutrients. Chips, cookies, cereals, crackers — foods that come in a bag or box that have been pre-made at a facility.

Cook at home using whole ingredients as nature intended them. I understand this isn’t always possible but it’s an excellent goal to aim for.

The less you eat packaged foods made of who knows what, the more they begin to taste too salty or become unappetizing in general.

So what’s good for thyroid health?

OK, so we’ve talked about foods that hinder thyroid function — what about those that promote this vital gland?

In order for the thyroid to function properly, you need healthy levels of vitamins and minerals, which you can get from the following foods.

8 Foods That Promote Healthy Thyroid Function

  1. Ocean fish and sea vegetables are both an excellent source of iodine. Iodine is key in producing adequate amounts of thyroid hormone. It helps in balancing the metabolism — the process of converting food to energy.
  2. Nuts are loaded with nutrients and protein. Since many of them also contain the antioxidant selenium, I often recommend them for my thyroid patients. Selenium protects your immune system and thyroid, while aiding in the process of converting iodine from food into a usable nutrient. Brazil nuts have the highest concentration of selenium.
  3. Carrots and sweet potatoes are packed with vitamin A, which boosts the immune system. Since many thyroid disorders result in autoimmune disorders such as Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease, vitamin A is a must-have.
  4. Organic dairy is an easy way to consume your body’s much-needed amount of vitamin D. This vitamin is crucial in maintaining healthy cells that allow for stable thyroid function. Organic dairy also contains optimal amounts of calcium, protein, and iodine.
  5. Beans are chock-full of nutrients that your body craves. In addition to iodine, they are rich in fiber, which helps to stop constipation, a common problem with thyroid malfunction.
  6. Organic beef is loaded with zinc. Like iodine, zinc aids in the process of producing thyroid hormones. Zinc deficiencies can, in turn, prevent the body from making the proper amount of hormones needed for energy.
  7. Bananas contain magnesium, which almost all of my patients need more of. Low levels of magnesium spell trouble for a previously functional thyroid and since so many people are low on this nutrient, upping their daily intake is often an easy fix for regaining energy.
  8. Tomatoes are an excellent source of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) and vitamins. MSM contains a specific bioavailable sulfur, which is a compound that promotes thyroid function.

For the thyroid to function at its best, you must balance all of these nutrients on a daily basis.

Although doing this is possible, it’s not easy to remember a list of meal “must-haves” all of the time.

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Symptoms like chronic fatigue or brain fog are your system’s way of telling you that something is wrong, and quick fixes like coffee only function in the cycle of feeling tired but wired.

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The Importance of Thyroid Supplementation

Everything that you do is dependent on the action of thyroid hormones regulating your metabolism and producing energy.

It’s powerful to consider that without the stabilizing influence of this complicated system of hormones, the very essence of who you are would change.

And while it’s possible for you to absorb many of these needed nutrients in foods, the typical American diet misses many core essentials for thyroid function, especially with processed foods.

Diet is a major reason why thyroid issues are reaching into epidemic territory.

Boosting thyroid function with a supplement in addition to a balanced diet ensures a daily dose of ingredients necessary to promote your thyroid and give you back the energy of earlier days.

Seeing my father change from a watered-down version of himself back to the man I knew and loved has given me the motivation to see that transition in all of my thyroid patients.

As I was able to give relief to my father, Ellis, I hope to do the same for you.

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Guggul gum is a resin from a tree native to India, which has been used by Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years to support thyroid function. Emerging research suggests that the guggulsterones in guggul gum may play a beneficial role in helping maintain normal cholesterol and other blood lipid levels.


L-tyrosine is an amino acid and protein-building block your body requires in order to produce not only thyroid hormones, but also other hormones such as noradrenaline. In fact, without tyrosine, you would have no thyroid hormone function. That’s because tyrosine is the central molecule of thyroid hormones, with four iodine molecules attached to tyrosine to make thyroxine or T4, and three iodine molecules attached to make thyronine or T3.


Selenium is a vital component of the enzymes necessary to remove iodine molecules from T4 when converting it into the more active form, T3. Plus, selenium acts as an antioxidant to protect your thyroid gland and immune system.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

MSM or methylsulfonylmethane is an organic source of bioavailable sulfur. This sulfur compound provides support to the thyroid.


Zinc is needed to support the conversion of T4 to the more active T3 hormone. Insufficient amounts of zinc can prevent your thyroid from making enough active thyroid hormones.

Vitamin D

Sufficient quantities of vitamin D within body cells are required for the thyroid hormones to function properly. Plus, vitamin D helps convert T4 to T3 and is needed for thyroid-stimulating hormone production in the pituitary gland.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps to balance the correct amount of thyroid hormones.


Magnesium is another mineral that helps regulate thyroid function, and is required for conversion of T4 to T3. Those with low thyroid function often have low magnesium levels.

Niacin and Riboflavin

Niacin and riboflavin are B-complex vitamins that regulate thyroid activity and contribute to the prevention of either an overactive or underactive thyroid. Niacin is also an antioxidant.

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