Artificial Sugar Lowers Thyroid Function

Just prior to my thyroid taking a holiday, I was drinking about 10 cans of diet cola a day (yeah I know, that's not going to help anyone 😔)

But in my defense, I was 20 and living on an island in the Great Barrier Reef where my biggest concern was how I looked. Plus I didn't know any better!

Now, this was not the only thing that contributed to my thyroid downfall but it was a biggy! 

There are two main types of artificial sugar, so let's look at what the experts say about each.

Aspartame: Breaks down into formaldehyde in the body
Side effects include: 
Headaches
Heart Palpitations
Memory Loss
Muscle Spasms
Depression
Dizziness
Nausea
Vertigo
Numbness
Behavioural issues
General Weakness
Can inhibit Tyrosine getting to the thyroid

Sucralose (Splenda): Made from Chloride and sugar
Chloride blocks iodide getting to the thyroid
Side effects include:
Migraines
Dizziness
Acne
Bloating
Chest Pain
Laxative affect
Disturbs gut flora
Lowers absorption of some medication
Can lead to allergies
Blurred Vision
Weight Gain

Yes! That last one is accurate! Studies are now showing that long-term use of artificial sweeteners actually impair weight loss! What's the point then??

So all in all, we really should not be using artificial sweetener of any kind if we have any hope of returning to good thyroid health. But we are all grown ups so if we choose to do so, at least we know what we are doing after this read!

Love & Hugs
Kylie x