Iodine Deficiency

Iodine deficiency has increased more than fourfold, with nearly 74 percent of normal, “healthy” adults thought to no longer consume enough of this important element. Iodine is a fairly rare element in nature. While it’s found in large quantities in the ocean and is present in soil, it’s very low in many places around the world, including the soil in the United States. But iodine is essential to life, and is detected in every organ and tissue. It’s crucial for brain development in children, plays a central role in healthy function of the thyroid gland, and facilitates an efficient metabolism.

Why We Are Deficient In Iodine

Bromine, not be eating enough iodine-rich foods, soil depletion, and fluoride exposure are the leading culprits in this deficiency. Research continues to reveal that fluoride worsens iodine deficiency, which, during infancy and early childhood, for example, can result in brain damage, including mental retardation.

One of the most common signs of iodine deficiency is improper thyroid function. In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine discovered a connection between iodine intake and thyroid disease — a condition which can result in a plethora of symptoms that include: fatigue, exhaustion, puffy eyes, digestive upset, muscle pain, depression, weight gain, swelling in the body, menstrual upset, fuzzy head, memory impairment, allergic skin reactions, dry skin, brittle nails, sensitivity to cold, hair loss, and high cholesterol.

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This is also an interesting story about iodine. A new study has found the mandatory introduction of folic acid and iodine to bread has brought significant health benefits to Australians. The report’s co-author, Ann Hunt, has told the ABC the results prove the once controversial program has successfully addressed an important health issue. Conducted by the government-funded Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the review shows that reduction is in line with predictions. Maybe, we should pay attention!







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