Post 88: A Good find for Afikomen Gifts: Visit the basement of the Bell tower on Rechove King George. Enter from King George and take the escalator to the lower level.; food categories to avoid if you take thyroid hormone (synthroid) or have an under active thyroid

Now that I am in my apartment cleaning for Passover, I can take a break and complete some posts;

I can say  with confidence that past middle age hardly a person is spared from slow metabolism. It happens to women after menopause.

What  didn’t surprise me was the recommendation and caution to limit gluten, fatty, sugary, and processed foods. What surprised me was the limitation of fiber. These all have an influence how your body absorbs synthroid. Older adults should take in take in 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day. Amounts of dietary fiber from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, and legumes that go above that level affect your digestive system and can interfere with absorption of thyroid hormone replacement drugs.

 

 

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Sign outside the PaAmon building On Rechove George advertising toys and books ranging from 5-10  SH .

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One of the puzzles that I purchased for 10 sh.

I don’t know if the store has a name. The sign says books for adults and children and there were many tables full of small gadgets. I just stumbled upon the store because I was taking the escalator to reach the exit and street behind the PaAmon building to Sefer V’Sefer.

That EXIT is now closed because of the huge book inventory, replacing the bakery that was there years ago.

Since this blog gives tips on a healthy lifestyle, the following informations was helpful to me.

I gave up taking thyroid medication, after I learned that some of the drugs can contribute to bone loss. It is already more than 10 years. I take yearly blood tests, monitoring the T3 and T4. I have adjusted to my slow metabolism with daily rigorous exercise.

The following about 9 foods to avoid if one is taking thyroid medication is news to me.

 

Cruciferous Vegetables;

People with hypothyroidism may want to limit their intake of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy.

People with hypothyroidism may want to limit their intake of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy.

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage, can interfere with the production of thyroid hormone, particularly people who have an iodine deficiency. Digesting these vegetables can block the thyroid’s ability to absorb iodine, which is essential for normal thyroid function.People with hypothyroidism may want to limit their intake of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, and bok choy. Cooking the vegetables can reduce the effect that cruciferous vegetables have on the thyroid gland. Limiting your intake to 5 ounces a day appears to have no adverse effect on thyroid function.

 

Gluten

People with hypothyroidism should consider minimizing their intake of gluten, a protein found in foods processed from wheat, barley, rye, and other grains, says Ruth Frechman, RDN, a dietitian and nutritionist in the Los Angeles area and a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Gluten can irritate the small intestine and may hamper absorption of thyroid hormone replacement medication.

Fatty Foods

Fats have been found to disrupt the body’s ability to absorb thyroid hormone replacement medicines, Dr. Lee says. Fats may also interfere with the thyroid’s ability to produce hormone as well. Some health care professionals recommend that you cut out all fried foods and reduce your intake of fats from sources such as butter, mayonnaise, margarine, and fatty cuts of meat.

Sugary Foods

Hypothyroidism can cause the body’s metabolism to slow down, Frechman says. That means it’s easy to put on pounds if you aren’t careful. “You want to avoid the foods with excess amounts of sugar because it’s a lot of calories with no nutrients,” she says. It’s best to reduce the amount of sugar you eat or try to eliminate it completely from your diet.

Processed Foods

“Processed foods tend to have a lot of sodium, and people with hypothyroidism should avoid sodium,” Frechman says. Having an underactive thyroid increases a person’s risk for high blood pressure, and too much sodium further increases this risk. Read the Nutrition Facts label on the packaging of processed foods to find options lowest in sodium. People with an increased risk for high blood pressure should restrict their sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Excess Fiber

Getting enough fiber is good for you, but too much can complicate your hypothyroidism treatment. Guidelines currently recommend that older adults take in 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day. Amounts of dietary fiber from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, and legumes that go above that level affect your digestive system and can interfere with absorption of thyroid hormone replacement drugs. If you’re on a high-fiber diet, ask your doctor if you need a higher dose of thyroid medication. Your maintenance dose may need to be increased if you aren’t absorbing enough medication.

Coffee

Caffeine has been found to block absorption of thyroid hormone replacement, Lee says. “People who were taking their thyroid medication with their morning coffee had uncontrollable thyroid levels, and we couldn’t figure it out,” she says. “I now have to be very careful to tell people, ‘Only take your medication with water.'” You should wait at least 30 minutes after taking your medication before having a cup of joe.

Alcohol

Alcohol consumption can wreak havoc on both thyroid hormone levels in the body and the ability of the thyroid to produce hormone. Alcohol appears to have a toxic effect on the thyroid gland and suppresses the ability of the body to use thyroid hormone. Ideally, people with hypothyroidism should cut out alcohol completely or drink in careful moderation.

From Everyday Health.com By Dennis Thompson Jr.9 Foods to Avoid With Hypothyroidism

What you eat can affect your thyroid gland as well as your body’s ability to use thyroid hormone. Learn which foods to avoid when managing hypothyroidism. The Mayo Clinic Site also cautions about excessive dietary fiber. They suggest:

Avoid taking your thyroid hormone at the same time as:

  • Walnuts

  • Soybean flour

  • Cottonseed meal

  • Iron supplements or multivitamins containing iron

  • Calcium supplements

  • Antacids that contain aluminum or magnesium

  • Some ulcer medications, such as sucralfate (Carafate)

  • Some cholesterol-lowering drugs, such as those containing cholestyramine (Questran) and colestipol (Colestid)

To avoid potential interactions, eat these foods or use these products several hours before or after you take your thyroid medication.

 

 

 

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