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5 Factors Apart From Food That Cause Thyroid Problems

Here are 5 things that are lying around the house that can have adverse effects on your thyroid glands.  

Written by: Charu SharmaPublished at: Nov 19,2021
Updated at: Nov 19,2021

Thyroid gland is a small organ located in front of your neck and wrapped around that windpipe. Shaped like a butterfly, thyroid gland is responsible for stimulating hormones that control various vital functions in the body. One of the most important functions of the thyroid gland is to release hormones that control the body’s metabolism. Where the thyroid gland performs various important functions throughout the body. Thyroid disease is described as the improper functioning of this essential gland. Various types of thyroid problems like goiter, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis, hyperthyroidism and even thyroid cancer. Where thyroid is a disease that can affect a person of any gender or age group, it can also be present at birth and can develop further as you age. As people with a family history of thyroid are most likely to get affected by this disease. Other than this there are various other conditions as well that can cause hyperthyroidism such as postpartum thyroiditis, non functioning thyroid gland, thyroiditis, iodine deficiency and even hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Where thyroid diseases can be caused due to various health issues and can also be affected due to various food habits there are a few common daily use things lying around your house that can also be responsible for your thyroid issues. Here are 5 things that are lying around the house that can have adverse effects on your thyroid glands.

#1. Non Stick Pan

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Well who does not enjoy flipping those pancakes and eating them with chocolate sauce on weekends. Well if you are someone who loves cooking stuff like pancakes, dosas,omelettes and cutlets on your non-stick pan then you need to beware. Although non-stick pans make cooking easier and prevent your food from sticking onto the base, it can be a cause of several health problems as well. Non-stick pans and other such utensils have a teflon coating on them. This harmful chemical coating can lead to elevating the levels of perfluorooctanoic sulfonates and acids in a person’s blood. The rise in the level of these chemicals in the bloodstream results in thyroid issues due to hormonal imbalance

#2. Popcorn Bags

If popping a bag of instant popcorn into the microwave and waiting for them to pop is your favorite part of the movie night then you need to give it a thought. These instant popcorn bags consist of chemical coating inside them. These chemicals break down inside the bag upon heating. When consumed, these chemical substances can lead to problems as severe as thyroid cancer.

#3. Disposable plates

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Remember how your friend’s mom used to serve food in those paper plates on birthdays? Wheel no matter how easy and mess free this option might sound, but it can have adverse effects on your health. Where these paper plates and other disposable utensils are not entirely made up of paper but consists of plastic in them. Consumption of food in these plastic utensils often leads to the decreased functioning of thyroid glands. Not just decreased thyroid functioning but a regular use of plastic containers can lead to other health issues related to the thyroid gland. 

#4. Products with Anti-bacterial agents

How many times have you bought products in the supermarket after looking at that antibacterial label? From toothpastes to dish washing liquids, there are various commercial products available in the market that consist of these anti-bacterial agents. The key ingredient of these antibacterial products is triclosan. Various scientists have established a relation between this antibacterial agent triclosan and dysfunctioning of the thyroid gland.

#5. Mobile Radiations

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If you are someone who starts their day by looking at your phone and ends up by doing the same then you surely need to know that this habit of yours can contribute to the emergence of thyroid disease. Mobile radiation is known to be harmful for the human body and affects its functioning in more than one way. Scientists and researchers around the globe have established a link between these mobile radiations and thyroid dysfunctioning. The electromagnetic radiation emitted by the mobile phone can also result in thyroid cancer. Where it is not just mobile phones but other electronic devices around the house as well that emit electromagnetic radiations can cause these thyroid issues. 


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