Looking things up on the internet is convenient, but not all information you get
online is accurate. Indeed, it can be very harmful to your health at times. Let me
give you one common example.
Our body can accumulate an excess level of estrogen when our body fat increases and/or
liver is not functioning at an optimal level. An excess estrogen level raises the
risks for obesity, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, and many other conditions.
One way to improve our liver function is to eat cruciferous vegetables, but if you
look up online, you may see that it can inhibit your thyroid function and cause hypothyroidism.
I’ve heard this from numerous patients, so let’s settle this with information from
a nutrition text book used at a graduate level:
“Numerous edible plants contain goitrin, including cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli,
rutabaga, turnips, Brussels sprouts, and mustard greens. However, these foods are
unlikely to be consumed in sufficient quantity to implicate them in the etiology
of endemic goiter. Perhaps the only food to be identified directly with goiter etiology
is cassava, which is consumes in large quantities in the third world countries.”
Excess estrogen actually inhibits your body from absorbing iodine, a critical nutrient
for thyroid health. So if you want to keep your thyroid healthy, I recommend you
eat cruciferous vegetables, except cassava (tapioca), to keep your estrogen level
low. Isn’t it ironic?
This is just one of many examples. Don’t fall for phony advices, and I hope you’ll
start using me as a reference for nutrition recommendations