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Iodine and thyroid

Iodine - why do we need?

Iodine is an important nutrient in our daily diet, the daily should itself provide. With it you can avoid many health problems. We need to thyroid function and, consequently, the proper metabolism, intellectual function and emotional balance and a good appearance.



Demand for iodine changes throughout life (eg. most grows when a woman is pregnant or breast-feeding, is also needed during menopause). In the first case, the woman "is divided) of iodine to-be-born child - element protects it from mental retardation and neurological disorders.

In turn, menopausal women iodine ensures less vulnerability to diseases such as hypothyroidism and osteoporosis. It also guards against inflammatory processes and cancer throughout the body.

Signals of iodine deficiency

His absence is less thyroid hormones and symptoms of underactive thyroid. You should consult with your doctor:

  • constant fatigue, drowsiness, freezing (even in very warm weather), a worse performance;
  • problems with concentration, memory, mood, prone to depression;
  • frequent constipation, weight gain (despite a strict diet);
  • pale, dry and flaky skin and brittle hair;
  • problems with menstruation, the impossibility of becoming pregnant.

While iodine deficiency can occur, most of these symptoms or just some (eg. chronic fatigue).

Complications of iodine deficiency

The most serious side hypothyroidism and osteoporosis are:

  • cancer of the thyroid gland, and stomach cancer.

We also know that iodine deficiency may account for the high levels of cholesterol in the blood orz hinder effective treatment of high blood pressure.

In a complementary manner iodine deficiencies?


Before all you have to properly arrange your diet. But not only!

Every day, reach for one of the foods rich in iodine. These are m.in: cod, pollock, mackerel, smoked, cheese, sardines in tomato sauce, tuna in oil, nuts, broccoli, spinach, oatmeal.

Warning! You do not use salt? Start doing, but reach for the iodinated and in an amount not more than 5 grams (a teaspoon salt) per day, including salt, which is added to foods already by the producer.

Avoid this!

Some foods can hinder the absorption of iodine, and this is due to substances contained in them, such as glucosinolates, siarkocyjanki, wicyna. Therefore, when iodine deficiency not eat: bobo, Brussels sprouts, kale, cauliflower, kohlrabi, cabbage (especially raw).

Iodine sea

When you have a few days off, get out of the sea and the most frequently walk along the beach, especially ... in bad weather. Wave crashing against the shore are a source of extremely beneficial to the health of aerosol. Its because a substantial portion of the iodine complex. It can be absorbed not only oral, but also respiratory, along with the inhaled air.

Crossing the sandy shore, try to do it at a rapid pace and do deep breaths. In nice weather to walk to choose especially in the morning (though a calm sea is a smaller quantity of iodine, this time it is quite large).

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