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Because the body can’t store iodine for long periods, we need to add foods rich in it to our diet, for example, fish and seafood, dairy, and eggs.
Iodine is an essential nutrient for the development of the brain and nervous system. If we don’t ingest enough of it, the thyroid gets less active, and, with time, we may present signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism.
Some of the symptoms caused by the deficiency of this mineral are related to:
Development of goiter;
Dry skin and brittle nails;
Constantly cold hands and feet;
There is a simple test to check if your iodine levels are enough to ensure the production of thyroid hormones.
Even people with a diagnosis of hypothyroidism and who take thyroid hormones supplementation can test their iodine levels.
Insufficient levels of this mineral can hinder thyroid hormones from being active and functional.
Watch the video and learn how to do it!
The best way of detecting iodine deficiency is through a urine test. Only turn to supplementation if it is necessary.
Before doing so, try natural sources, like dairy products (milk and cheese), onion, beet, garlic, chard, spinach, string bean, cucumber, watercress, seafood like shrimp and cod, meat, wheat, rye, rice, and eggs.
Have you ever had low levels of iodine? Which symptoms did you have?
Stay healthy and seek medical help to aid your treatment.
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