Could you be Iodine deficient?
Iodine is a micronutrient; this means it is required in trace amounts by the body. Don’t be deceived! Micronutrients are just as vital to our health as other substances.
Iodine is important because it is involved in
A lack of iodine can cause
I was diagnosed with an under active thyroid – hypothyroidism. This is not an enjoyable experience. My symptoms included
Stress can deplete the body of many nutrients as can having a baby. Women need to be careful during pregnancy because the body demands much more iodine. If a Mum is iodine deficient she may become hypothyroid and or she may risk her baby suffering with developmental issues.
Typically we need 280 mcg a day and we can be 100mcg short.
We can be short of iodine if we choose to eat a low salt diet or lots of processed and fast foods. We have become wary of consuming too much salt and we tend not to eat iodine rich foods. Seafood and sea vegetables are great sources of iodine but many of us just don’t eat them.
There is also:
Seafood, asparagus, sesame seeds, garlic, spinach, tinned sardines or tuna, Swiss chard and lima beans
Worried about missing out on flavour?
Here are just a few options for you:
I hear you thinking how is sea salt different to normal salt…
Sea salt just like pink Himalayan salt we mentioned in our earlier blog on Salt awareness week offers you a pure product full of lots of trace minerals and all in the right proportion to maintain your electrolyte balance correctly
Vogel’s Herbamere is a tasty herb flavoured alternative to salt
You could try Porcini mushrooms – you need to hydrate them but they are a delicious addition – especially to a mushroom soup, they take it to another level.
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme are all excellent herbs to complement and enhance your food
Turmeric, cumin, ginger and cardamom along with curry powder and chilli really lift your South Asian dishes
Basil is a personal favourite either in pesto or fresh in salads or sandwiches
Puddings and cakes can taste fabulous and be healthier as well as tasty if you add cinnamon or nutmeg.
Hopefully, this has opened your eyes to the world beyond salt whilst reminding you that you do need iodine in your diet.
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