I have thyroid issues and am unable to lose weight. I am also suffering from hair fall. What can I change in my food habits to reverse this condition?

You can be on the best diet, but you won’t lose weight if you don’t get the right medication to balance your thyroid hormones. Getting your thyroid levels analysed is one of the first tests you need to do if you are suffering from hair fall. In most cases, hair regrowth occurs once the levels are balanced out with correct medication.

But if you are looking for a holistic approach and want to reverse your thyroid condition, then the one ingredient you must avoid in your diet is wheat. It is not the best for those who have auto immune thyroid (which accounts for almost 90 per cent of the cases). (You can run a blood work and check your thyroglobulin antibodies to see if your thyroid is auto immune or not.)

The problem lies in the molecular structure of gliadin present in any product that contains wheat. The molecular structure of gliadin – which is the protein portion in wheat – resembles the molecular structure of the thyroid gland. So when wheat is getting digested, the gliadin reaches your gut barrier (stomach lining) and enters the blood stream. Your immune system starts to attack it believing it is a foreign body which is your immune system’s primary job. But in the process it also starts to attack your thyroid tissue since they both look similar. This is called an auto immune attack. Once your healthy thyroid tissue gets attacked, more problems occur with your thyroid gland.

To make life easy, stop consuming wheat in the form of bread, rotis, parathas, pasta, pizza, so you have a chance at reversing your thyroid problems and hair fall associated with it.

Rashi Chowdhary is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop