Iodine – the crucial mineral we often overlook
Iodine is a mineral you don’t usually hear about, yet it’s crucial for your body to function normally. So, what does it do, and why should you care?
It’s particularly important for your thyroid; the small but powerful gland that produces hormones that help regulate your body’s metabolism (the process of turning food into energy).
Aside from your thyroid, it also affects your nervous system, thinking abilities and even skin!
First off – where is iodine found?
It may surprise you, but not many foods are rich in it. It can be found in seaweed, fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs, beef and chicken. Aside from seaweed, it sounds like it should be easy enough to get enough of it from your diet, right?
Wrong. To get around 200 µg of iodine, you’d have to eat approximately 8 eggs, or 1 kilo of tuna, or drink half a litre of milk. Every day. This is why a lot of countries have been adding iodine to table salt. It shows just how important iodine is and what devastating effects iodine deficiency used to have on the general population.
But there are still a few problems.
Salt is the new enemy
There have been calls to reduce salt in our diets due to its effects on blood pressure, kidneys and heart. While it’s true that cutting back on salt has its benefits, it might also mean you’re not getting enough iodine from your diet. In addition to that, people have been switching from sea salt to rock (Himalayan) salt that is not iodised – further cutting back on precious iodine.
Well, since iodine is so crucial for our bodies, not getting enough of it can have consequences for us, ranging from mild to severe. Some signs that your iodine intake may be low are:
- Dry and flaky skin
- Hair falling out
- Gaining weight
- Troubles learning and remembering things
- Feeling tired and weak
- Being sensitive to cold
- Swelling in the neck
Most of the above can be contributed to thyroid problems that may arise if there isn’t enough iodine in our diets.
OK, so what should I do?
Taking a high-quality iodine supplement is a bullet-proof way of ensuring you get all the iodine you need. Sensilab’s Essentials Iodine 200 mcg is a clean and powerful supplement that contains iodine in the form of potassium iodide.
- Help keep your skin radiant
- Support your thinking, problem-solving and memory abilities
- Support your thyroid gland
- Maintain normal production of thyroid hormones
- Contribute to the normal process of turning food into energy
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