5 Ways to Prevent an Iodine Deficiency

Iodine is an element that the human body doesn’t produce on its own, but is dependent upon it for its existence. There was a time in the United States that iodine deficiency was a major concern. Thankfully now, iodine deficiency in the United States is almost non-existent. In fact, people living in the United States are at risk of consuming too much iodine. 

Here are 5 ways to prevent an iodine deficiency, but also make sure you don’t consume too much:

1. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the best meal of the day, as it provides the fuel to get you going at the start of the day. Consider eating an iodine breakfast that includes rye toast, almond butter and a cup of plain yogurt and strawberries, all of which contain iodine and help to control weight gain. 

Breakfast option #2 consists of eating a boiled egg, rye toast and one serving size of oatmeal. Don’t forget to add a piece of fruit to make it a well balanced breakfast.

2. Eat Kelp at Lunch

A large green leafy vegetable salad is always a wise choice as it helps (health-wise) on so many levels. Sprinkle salad with kelp, and you have just ensured your iodine intake. If kelp isn’t handy, add a little iodine and taste to your lunch salad by including a little cheese.

3. Eat Seafood a Few Times a Week

Sea food is rich in iodine. Enjoy salmon or tuna steak with a large salad and wild rice. Seaweed wraps, used in making sushi, provides an excellent source of iodine. 

4. Take a Supplement

Vegans choose not to eat dairy, seafood or any animal products and can take iodine supplements, or simply a multivitamin that contains iodine, to ensure iodine deficiency doesn’t exist. Another option is to eat vegetables and fruits grown in soil with a high content of iodine.

5. Consume Iodized Salt in Small Amounts

Regular table salt is one of the best ways to get iodine in the body system. Unfortunately, too much salt is not good, as it is linked to heart disease, hypertension and stroke. Therefore, salt should be consumed in small amounts. 

Caution

Without iodine, important hormones cannot be produced. The good news is a tablespoon of iodine is all that is needed over the course of a life time. Unfortunately, the body does not store iodine and thus small amounts are needed to replenish the body. In Americans, it is easy to see how one can get too much iodine, which can be just as bad as not getting enough. Excess iodine levels can cause problems with the thyroid, ultimately reversing the benefits. When iodine levels are low, the thyroid kicks into overdrive to compensate. The same holds true if there is too much iodine. This taxing experience on the thyroid can eventually cause an abundance of health concerns throughout the body. 

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