Are you getting enough Iodine?

Iodine deficiency is kind of an old epidemic but it is making a comeback.  Iodized salt is not part of the typical American diet  anymore and processed foods don't have iodine anymore; now they use bromine, which can block the absorption of iodine.  Also, flouride, found in tap water and toothepaste can prevent absorption of iodine.  We need iodine for cellular and metabolic functioning, thyroid function, healthy breast tissue, cognitive development, and deficiency has been linked to many cancers.  If you have chronic fatigue, breast cancer or family history, breast tenderness, thyroid disease, or a poor diet overall, you may want to get your iodine level checked.  Iodine is especially important in pregnant and breastfeeding women to help baby's brain to develop. Some foods that have iodine are seafood and seaweed, like kelp, yogurt, cow's milk, eggs, and strawberries.  If you supplement, go for about 150 micrograms per day; don't go over 500 mcg per day.  Check your multivitamin to see if it meets the iodine recommendation.

 
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