Are your healthy food choices making you chronically tired? If you suffer from extreme fatigue and any of the following conditions, it may be from an under active thyroid due to not enough iodine in your body.
Does this sound like you? * Hard to concentrate, poor memory * Body muscle and joint aches * Chills, even in warm weather * Sad, blue moods * Dry skin, brittle nails, hair thinning * Chronic constipation * Weight gain for no known reason * Low sex drive
One in three women is tired, heavy and blue as a result of poorly operating thyroid. "Millions of women don't know their diet is deficient in iodine," says Ann Haiden, D.O., an internist in Kentfield, CA. "This mineral enables thyroid hormones that regulate cellular metabolism."
Healthy choices are contributing to the epidemic. Women are limiting their intake of table salt, consuming more soy and cruciferous veggies (which contain iodine-flushing compounds) and eating more leafy salads (a source of the iodine-blocking toxin perchlorate).
Doctors are increasingly prescribing thyroid medicine, but in many cases their patients could be cured simply by consuming more iodine.
For most women, aiming for the RDA of 150 mcg of iodine will restore energy, says Dr. Haiden. She advises taking a multivitamin (most contain this dose) and eating iodine-rich foods like eggs, unpeeled baked potatoes, shrimp, tuna and cod.
"Vitamin A enhances the absorption of iodine and its ability to synthesize thyroid hormones," says Dr. Haiden. Sources include eggs, pork, and turkey, as well as foods rich in carotenoids (which the body converts to vitamin A), such as oranges, carrots, red peppers, pumpkin, squash and yams.
A note about how switching cooking oils can rev a sluggish thyroid: Polyunsaturated oils such as soybean, corn and safflower are long-chain triglycerides (LCTs, a kind of fat that blocks absorption of iodine by thyroid cells. In addition to cooking oils, LCDs are in processed foods like some low-fat dressings and crackers. To limit LCT intake, check labels for soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, hydrogenated oil or partially hydrogenated oil. Also, switch to cooking oils that don't block iodine absoption, such as coconut, avocado and flaxseed. Bonus: "These oils are powerful weight-loss tools," says Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D. "They enhance satiety and nourish the liver for optimal fat burn."
Notes about taking a multivitamin, don't take ones with synthetic ingredients. Use a whole food multi for obvious reasons, it's giving your body whole food nutrients so the benefit of iodine is in a usable form, like eating the iodine rich food. Find them at natural food stores - ask for them and read the ingredients, or try this one from Whole Food Nation. For help here's a free report Are Your Vitmamins Safe? this report offers help with reading vitamin labels.
Doctors usually say that iodine deficiency is rare...
I had a natural practitioner that made me put iodine (the little bottle at the pharmacy) directly on my throat. Do it before going to bed because you'll have a big brown stain (!) but it absorbs during the night.
I was 17 and wasn't having my period for over 6 months, the next morning after putting the iodine, I had my period...
She never told me ( the practitioner) do that and you'll have your period, she just told me my thyroid gland needs iodine to function properly.