A teaspoon of sugar might “help the medicine go down,” but if you have a thyroid disorder, you should probably take the medicine without the sugar.

Sugar can mess with you digestive system and cause your thyroid symptoms to be worse. Here are a few things all those sweets can do to your body:

• Mess up your gut—When you have blood sugar imbalances, they cause your digestive tract to become inflamed. This can cause what is called “leaky gut.” It is actually a perforated gut lining. The leaky gut can cause you to develop AI. When toxins are able to pass through your leaky gut, they go into your blood stream and start an autoimmune reaction because your antibodies rush out to pounce on the attackers. In their battle to protect you, antibodies sometimes become confused and begin to attack your body, especially your thyroid, because it has similar molecular structure to gluten.
• Causes inflammation—Inflammation caused by the leaky gut situation compromises the function of your immune system. Sugar then affects the ability for white cells to destroy toxins. Believe it or not, this effect begins to start only 30 minutes after eating sugar and can last for up to five hours.
• Insulin spikes—These spikes can destroy the thyroid gland. Sugar can make your pancreas secrete insulin to move the surplus sugar from the blood into your cells. This is where glucose is used to create energy. After a period of time, your cells can no longer have the capability to respond to insulin. This causes the pancreas to have to pump out more and more insulin. This will cause insulin resistance. Research has proven that repeated insulin spikes can lead to the destruction of your thyroid.
• Increases cortisol—Your body is designed to think of low blood sugar as a threat. Since it fears its survival, it secretes cortisol which is the “fight or flight” hormone. This informs the liver to make more glucose available, so blood sugar levels. Since cortisol is supposed to be reserved for special occasions, it causes your heart rate to increase as well as your oxygen and blood flow and shuts down digestion, growth, and reproduction so all your energy can go to your muscles and brains. When you eat sugar on a daily basis, cortisol becomes overused. This can suppress your pituitary function which is imperative to optimal thyroid function. The pituitary works with your thyroid and hypothalamus as a team. If one member goes down, they all take a fall.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with thyroid disease of any time has a much harder time with sugar than they would have without.

Don’t think that having a “sugar free” diet means to use artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners are just what they say they are…artificial! Your body doesn’t differentiate them and any other foreign chemical. Your body doesn’t know what to do with these chemicals. It becomes confused and can lead to autoimmune disease.

Artificial sweeteners have been found to cause many medical problems such as:
• Reduce the amount of good bacteria by 50% in your intestines
• Slow down digestion by increasing the pH level
• Cause weight gain…not loss
• Cause lesions in your kidneys and liver because they’re considered hepatoxic and nephronotoxic. Notice that the end of both of those two things is “toxic!”
• Kidney damage—A small percentage, around of the artificial sweetener remains in your body for up to 5 days after you eat it. Because of this, it accumulates. Over time it can do damage to your kidneys.

If you have a major sweet tooth and absolutely have to have something sweet from time to time (not daily) the best sweetener is probably Stevia. It is derived from a plant, like natural sugar, but it doesn’t add calories. It has been used as a sweetener in Japan for hundreds of years and has little or no side effects. It is 200 times sweeter than sugar in the same concentration, so use only very small amounts of it.