Are You Eating Enough of This Type of Salt?
Iodine deficiency is a common problem among women, but how to spot if you are iodine deficient can be difficult to assess, according to Prevention.
WHY IT MATTERS:
Low iodine intake can contribute to hypothyroidism and your system can't produce enough hormones. It could also lead to potential pregnancy complications and is linked to higher levels of ADHD among children, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Goiter, an enlarged thyroid gland caused by when your body has less than 100 micograms of iodine per day, and your body begins to proudce more of the thyroid hormone TSH. This can cause swelling around the neck area, and might feel like you have difficulty breathing, swallowing, similar to a choking feeling. Sometimes there isn't a visible lump, and it can only be detected through ultrasound or scan.
WHAT TO DO:
You can ask your general doctor or endocrinologist to test if you have an iodine deficiency with a urine test and find out what health steps you might need to take next. First, start out with making sure you have iodized table salt, which can be tricky sometimes with trendy salts that might not be iodized. You can also add-in more foods that are iodine-rich, that means things that grow in salt water naturally, including sardines, clams, lobsters, oysters. You can also get some iodized salt from eggs, milk, vegetables but the amount varies.