Category: General health
Many articles and experts discuss iodine. It’s a mineral your body needs for your thyroid gland, but one that your body doesn’t produce. But what does an iodine deficiency look and feel like? Why should you care whether or not your body has this essential mineral?
The Face of Iodine Deficiency
Healthline shares the following 10 signs and symptoms of an iodine deficiency:
- Swelling in the Neck
- “Swelling in the front of the neck, or a goiter is a common symptom of an iodine deficiency. It occurs when your thyroid gland is forced to make thyroid hormones when there is a low supply of iodine in the body.”
- Unexpected Weight Gain
- “Low iodine levels may slow your metabolism and encourage food to be stored as fat, rather than be burned as energy. This may lead to weight gain.”
- Fatigue and Weakness
- “Low iodine levels may leave you feeling tired, sluggish, and weak. This is because your body needs the mineral to make energy.”
- Hair Loss
- “An iodine deficiency may prevent hair follicles from regenerating.