3. Cut Back on Processed Sugars
An excess of processed sugars can elevate your blood sugar levels, which promotes the hormone insulin. High amounts of insulin in the body can trigger thyroid tissue hyperplasia, leading to nodule formation and thyroid gland enlargement.
Insulin is also a fat-storing hormone. It regulates blood sugar levels, promotes fat storage, and helps break down fats and proteins for energy. Over time, too much insulin in the body can cause insulin resistance, or a metabolic condition where the cells stop responding to the insulin. When the body becomes insulin resistant, it starts to store extra calories as fat, instead of burning them off as fuel
Stop eating anything with highly refined sugars, unless you want to spike your insulin levels and trigger unwanted weight gain, mostly around the waist. Instead, try eating organic blueberries or blackberries as a snack or dessert. You can also use healthy sugar substitutes like green leaf stevia extract, raw honey, or maple syrup as a healthy alternative to sugar. †