Hey there. Dr. Alan Christianson here. I am really eager to talk to you all about Goiter and Goitrogen and help make some good sense out of this. It’s so important because you know you sure want to do the right things to help your Thyroid and improve your health and you want to know which foods are going to be helpful and which food are going to make things better and which ones are problematic. So it is critical to get it all right and avoid foods that are harmful and get the ones that are helpful.
So lets back up a little bit. So what is a Goiter? So a Goiter is an enlargement of the Thyroid. It is a more diffused enlargement that is causing actual pressure upon the gland and the structures around it. This can affect the breathing and the swallowing. This can also affect circulation within the area and Goiter can be active meaning they make extra amounts of hormone or they can be inactive meaning they are a more dead type thyroid tissue that is not producing hormone tissue. They can be quite large or they can be barely noticeable and a goiter is not the same as a nodule. They are distinct in that they are a different density of tissue and we categorize those based upon size.