Getting Iodine While Eating Healthy Nutritious Food
Posted May 15 2008 10:02am
I must apologize for taking so long to post again. Travel kept me away from my computer. A much needed break!
If you're just logging on to my blog at this post, you'll want to read the one prior to it, as this is sort of a continuation.
Last post we talked about the relationship between thyroid problems and consumption of soy. And I noted how soy is an inhibitor in the absorbtion of the nutrient, iodine. That, in turn, causes hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid.
In the early part of the 20th century, iodine deficiency was quite common in the United States and Canada. However, this problem has since been almost completely resolved by the use of iodized salt. In addition, iodine is now added to animal feed, which has increased the iodine content of commonly consumed foods, including cow's milk.
Unfortunately, in countries where iodized salt is not commonly consumed, iodine deficiency remains a signficant problem. Dietary deficiency of this vital mineral results in decreased synthesis of thyroid hormone.
Iodine deficiency may eventually lead to hypothyroidism, which causes a variety of symptoms including fatigue, weight gain, weakness and/or depression. Interestingly, iodine deficiency can also cause hyperthyroidism, a condition characterized by weight loss, rapid heart beat, and appetite fluctations.
The absorption and/or utilization of iodine is inhibited by components of certain foods. These food components, called goitrogenic compounds, are found primarily in cruciferous vegetables (for example, cabbage and broccoli), soybean products, cassava root, peanuts, mustard, and millet.
Over consumption of these foods may lead to thyroid problems by reducing the amount of available iodine for the manufacture of thyroid hormones. It is believed that cooking can inactivate the goitrogenic compounds in these foods, thereby eliminating their negative impact on iodine status.
Iodine may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:
Sea vegetables are an excellent source of iodine. In fact, you'll find that KELP tops the list as the most well known iodine supplement. Yogurt, cow's milk, eggs, and strawberries are very good sources of idone. Good sources include mozzarella cheese.
(End WH Foods info)
I actually found an iodine supplement that is made from a formula that's many decades old. It's called "Atomidine". I got it at my local health food store because the clerk told me that he'd had a customer just that day who takes it regularly for thyroid. You only use 1 drop per day. The bottle will last me a very long time. It costs $16.99, and I've had absolutely wonderful results with this supplement. I am so very happy to have found this help! I feel like a real and normal person again!
I hope this bit of info is as helpful to you as it was to me. Eating healthy nutritious foods that are rich in iodine and limiting soy intake seems to be important in preserving the health of the thyroid.
A NOTE TO MOMS (especially those with 3 or more children)...Symptoms of hypothyroidism seems to be a common thread that I've noticed with moms of multiple children, notably multiple children born less than 2 years apart. We have many large families within our circle of friends and the majority of the mothers complain of the symptoms mentioned here.