Iodine and Thyroid Health

Iodine, you’ve probably heard of it. But did you know that it plays a crucial role in thyroid function?

The body needs iodine to produce thyroid hormones, and since our bodies do not produce iodine, it is crucial that we get enough from what we eat!

So, where is iodine naturally found?

  • Seaweed
  • Seafood
  • Iodized salt
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Enriched Bread
  • Liver

Now, if you’re like me, some of those foods are definitely not on your list. *cough” seaweed and liver *cough*

Luckily, most people in the US get enough iodine through iodized salt and enriched bread products and dairy.

But how much iodine do you need in your diet?

The recommended daily intake of iodine is 150 micrograms (mcg). Pregnant and breastfeeding women need more iodine, 220-290 mcg per day.

What happens when you don’t consume enough iodine?

When TSH levels rise, the thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroid hormones. However, when your body does not have enough iodine iodine, the thyroid can’t make enough hormone. To compensate, the thyroid gland works harder to try to make more, which causes the cells to grow and multiply, eventually leading to a goiter.

An iodine deficiency can cause a also cause fatigue, sensitivity to cold and constipation. All classic symptoms of hypothyroidism.

If you believe you may be iodine deficient, make sure to consult with your doctor. There are various iodine supplements on the market, but always check with your healthcare provider before starting any kind of supplements!

*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your health care provider 

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