Iodine is one of the key minerals for proper physical and mental development. It is especially important for the work of the thyroid gland. The thyroid glands produce thyroid hormones that have an impact on most of the metabolic processes and thus improve the development of the system.
Iodine deficiency can lead to:
Feeling tired – Iodine deficiency is manifested through a slow metabolism and a feeling of weakness.
Thyroid dysfunction – the thyroid gland swells due to an attempt to gather little iodine that is left in the bloodstream. The most common symptom is swelling of the thyroid gland.
Mood disorders – Low levels of thyroid hormones are associated with depression and anxiety. Low levels of thyroid hormones have a bad effect on the level of serotonin and dopamine (happiness hormones), which directly affect mood.
Problems with attention and memory – Iodine is necessary for concentration and memory, so its lack has a very bad effect on focus.
Dry skin – Iodine deficiency leads to less sweating. Sweating is regulated by thyroid hormones.
Feeling cold – because the metabolism slows down, the body does not produce enough heat and therefore there is a feeling of cold.
Weak nails – iodine deficiency can cause weak and brittle nails as well as the separation of the nail base from the nail plate
Hair loss – low levels of iodine have a bad effect on hair follicle regeneration.
Iodine is not produced in our body, but must be taken in through food. An adult should consume 150-200 micrograms of iodine. Foods that contain iodine are as follows: table iodized salt (which we all have in the house), salmon, tuna, sardines, shellfish, bananas, cranberries, raspberries, potatoes, beans, eggs, meat, and dairy products.
Do you feel any of the symptoms? If so, go ahead and buy iodine-rich food to compensate iodine deficiency.