Should I Be Concerned with Goitrogenic Foods?

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In this video, I want to cover goitrogens and thyroid function. We’re going to talk about what goitrogenic foods are and if you should be concerned about them.

What are goitrogenic foods? – It is a food that can cause a goiter (an enlarged thyroid). 

The thyroid is in the base of the neck, and it can swell up if it doesn’t have iodine. If someone consumes food that blocks iodine, it can ultimately:

1. Cause more thyroid hormone to be released
2. Cause the thyroid to get bigger 

Goitrogenic food list:

• Casava 
• Corn 
• Cabbage
• Canola 
• Soybeans 
• Cruciferous Vegetables 
• Almonds
• Cherries 
• Strawberries
• Spinach 
• Sweet Potatoes 

Out of these goitrogenic foods, I don’t recommend consuming:

• Casava
• Corn
• Canola
• Soybeans
• Cherries
• Sweet Potatoes

Out of the foods that are fine to consume, cruciferous vegetables could potentially create thyroid problems if:

• You are sensitive to these foods
• You consume large amounts of cruciferous vegetables too frequently
• You have a hypothyroid problem
• You have an iodine deficiency 

If you’re concerned about goitrogenic foods or if you have one of the problems above, you need to:

• Take sea kelp 
• Don’t consume these foods on a daily basis 

Some of the best sources of iodine to protect you from a deficiency that could damage your thyroid health are:

• Shellfish
• Fish 
• Sea kelp (not large amounts)

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, 53 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of The New Body Type Guide and other books published by KB Publishing. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.


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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The Health & Wellness, Dr. Berg Nutritionals and Dr. Eric Berg, D.C. are not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this video or site.

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