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When we are struggling with any thyroid condition, questions like- is chapati good for thyroid- bother us a lot. Here is what I found out...
Is chapati good for the thyroid?
Have you recently been diagnosed with a thyroid problem and have a million thoughts about what you should and shouldn’t eat running through your mind?
When you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, one of the most important things to consider is your diet. Weight gain is one of the most common hypothyroidism symptoms. You might easily gain unhealthy weight if you are not attentive to your nutrition.
However, I understand how perplexing it can be because there is no permanent cure for this disease. There are only preventative measures like drugs and a healthy diet. It might be tough to categorize everyday fundamental foods into to-eat or not-to-eat categories, especially when it comes to the Indian diet.
The roti, or chapati as it is commonly known, is a staple of the Indian diet. However, there is a very typical question that may arise in your mind- Is it okay to eat roti if you have thyroid problems?
If not, then why? And what alternatives can you instead include in your diet?
Worry not, because here are the answer to if not all but some of your concerns.
First, let’s understand hypothyroidism.
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that plays an important role in how well your body functions. Mood, metabolism, growth, cell repair, energy levels, body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure are all regulated by thyroid hormones.
Certain situations, however, can cause the gland to malfunction. Hypothyroidism is a disorder in which the thyroid gland does not produce adequate thyroid hormones. Weight gain, constipation, exhaustion, and other symptoms are common symptoms among hypothyroidism patients.
Even though medications are commonly used to treat thyroid hormone deficiency, many foods in our daily diet can also help our thyroid gland stay balanced. As a result, one of the best ways to promote healthy thyroid gland functioning is through the food we eat or don’t eat.
Take, for instance, our very own roti.
To respond to the question posed before, ‘Is chapati good for thyroid?’
No. You must not do so.
Gluten is found in wheat, which is used to make the traditional Indian roti in many parts of the country.
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as barley, wheat, and oats, as well as their derivatives. It has the potential to disrupt the digestive system and irritate the small intestine. Thyroid hormone absorption is hampered as a result, and your thyroid problems may worsen. Glutens affect the digestive system and can cause inflammation in the body, which is the primary worry for those with a thyroid imbalance.
Instead of using wheat to make roti, try bajra and jowar as a healthier and gluten-free alternative. They’re also easily digestible, which can assist with constipation, which is also a common side effect of thyroid imbalance.
I know it’s frustrating that there are so many restrictions on foods and diets that you must adhere to, but avoiding foods that are bad for you or your thyroid is important not only to keep it balanced but it’s also been suggested that reducing gluten intake aids in better thyroid medication absorption.
And do remember, follow your doctor’s instructions for taking your medications. Eat well & eat what helps your condition, and these few limits and adjustments will prove to be the best decision you’ve ever made, not only for your health but also for your lifestyle.
Disclaimer: This article should not be treated as medical advice. There is no one size that fits all, hence, it is always advisable to consult an expert.
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