Hypothyroidism is typically defined as an underactive thyroid gland. It occurs when the thyroid gland can’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep the body running normally, thyroid.org explains. “People are hypothyroid if they have too little thyroid hormone in the blood.”
More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime, approximately 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease, and women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems, according to the American Thyroid Association. Research has also concluded that women are three times more likely than men to develop hypothyroidism.
If you are someone who suffers from hypothyroidism it’s important to educate yourself on the foods that may be hazardous to your health. For instance, soy “may block your body’s ability to absorb thyroid medication,” Dr. Lisa Davis, Chief Nutrition Officer at Terra’s Kitchen, says; and “drinking too much alcohol has been shown to have a toxic effect on the thyroid gland and even decrease its size.”