It’s one of the most common micronutrient deficiencies in the women I see in clinic.
Here’s a few cool facts about iodine:
> The breast tissue is the major storage organ of iodine in the body. So if you have recently had a baby AND breastfed them, (high fives) you’re likely to have lower iodine stores than someone who hasn’t had kids/breastfed.
> When you are pregnant, the baby’s growing brain and nervous system utilise your iodine stores for proper development. If you don’t have enough iodine in your diet (or supplement whilst pregnant) then it may affect yours and the baby’s brain and nervous system.
> When we are iodine deficient, our metabolism slows down because the thyroid gland requires sufficient amounts of iodine to make thyroid hormones. Receptors for thyroid hormone are on every cell, so if you are low (hypothyroid) you’ll notice fatigue, weight gain, feeling the cold, dry skin, hair falling out and forgetfulness (more than usual)
FOODS TO INCREASE IODINE STATUS
> Seaweed / Sea Vegetables such as kombu, wakame, dulse, nori and kelp.
> Seafood such as prawns, deep sea fish, oysters (also rich in zinc), mussels (also rich in iron).
> Unrefined sea salt (about 1/2 tsp daily is safe for most people)
> Eggs – must be from Organic, free range chooks. DO NOT BUY CAGED EGGS. They are NOT a rich source of iodine.
So how much of these foods should you eat?
The answer is, it depends…Are you definitely deficient? There are tests available (iodine loading test) that give an accurate result and you can then eat the right amount of iodine rich foods and/or supplement accordingly.
If you’re just wanting to top up your iodine, then eat seaweed/seafood twice a week, and switch your eggs over from caged to Organic free range.
Make these small changes now to create a healthier you tomorrow
P.s Want to find out your iodine levels, I offer testing so please get in touch.