Iodine: Are You Deficient?

Did you know that iodine deficiency effects more than 30 million people in the world? Iodine deficiency has also be classified by the World Health Organization to be the most common, yet preventable, causes of impaired brain development in children.

This important trace mineral plays an essential role when it comes to your thyroid hormones, tri-iodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones are vital as they help to regulate the metabolic rate of your body and they assist in growth and development of most of your organs. Iodine deficiency is directly linked to low thyroid function. When your thyroid functions sub-optimally, you experience insufficient production of your thyroid hormones, which effects your heart, liver, kidney and brain. Common disorders that are linked to iodine deficiency are hypothyroidism, increased cholesterol, decreased fertility, fibrocystic breast disease, heart disease and even some cancers.

So how do you know if you are deficient in iodine?

Below are the most common iodine deficiency symptoms:

  1. Weight gain
  2. Difficulty losing weight
  3. Depression
  4. Dry skin
  5. Cold hands/feet
  6. Headaches
  7. Extreme fatigue
  8. Poor memory function
  9. Brain fog
  10. Thinning hair
  11. Constipation
  12. Joint pain
  13. Muscle aches
  14. Hypothyroidism

Found in many different food sources, iodine can be consumed through your diet. However, because this mineral is so easily depleted, I also recommend supplementing with an oral form of iodine to ensure you are absorbing adequate amounts.

Iodine is easily found in the following foods:

  • Seaweed (especially kelp)
  • Cod
  • Cranberries
  • Yogurt
  • Potatoes
  • Shrimp
  • Navy Beans
  • Eggs

In addition to incorporating high-iodine foods into your diet, I also highly recommend supplementing with a high-quality, medical-grade iodine supplement on a daily basis. Daily, I recommend at least 150 mcgs of iodine daily for those 14+, and for those pregnant or breastfeeding I recommend a minimum of 300 mcg daily.

Below are the top 8 benefits of iodine supplementation:

  1. Supports your thyroid gland and the production of thyroid hormones
  2. Controls your body’s metabolic rate
  3. Improves energy levels
  4. Removes harmful toxins
  5. Boosts your immune system
  6. Improves skin and hair
  7. May prevent thyroid goiters
  8. Aids in brain development in children

I have specially formulated my Thyroid Support supplement, which includes iodine in its ingredients. If you believe your thyroid is deficient in iodine, I high recommend you get started on a supplement that not only offers iodine, but supports your thyroid gland naturally. Learn more about Thyroid Support today.

Do you feel you may be deficient in iodine? Are you experiencing symptoms of low thyroid function, such as weight gain, fatigue and brain fog? If so, I encourage you to test your symptoms today to see if your thyroid gland is functioning sub-optimally because if so, there are many natural methods to treating low thyroid function. Take my complimentary assessment here and test your thyroid function today.

 

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