“Over 90% of the U.S. population is iodine deficient,” according to recent FDA publications. You may be thinking, “I can’t even pronounce iodine, so why do I care?” But the truth is you should care a great deal.
PSA: The body does not produce iodine, & that’s a problem
The body does not produce iodine, which means iodine must be part of your diet. This essential mineral helps make thyroid hormones, which are hormones that control the body’s metabolism and other vital functions. If iodine is not part of your diet, the thyroid hormones that help growth and development suffer.
Still not convinced that iodine should be as prevalent in your diet as vitamin C? Consider the following facts:
- “Iodine deficiency in pregnancy is a worldwide problem and has become a global public health concern since it is identified as the leading cause of preventable brain damage in newborns and infants due to inadequate intake by mothers and infants.”
- “Hypothyroidism, thyroid gland enlargement (goiter), and weight gain are other conditions that may result from too little iodine in the diet.”
- “Many pregnant women in the U.S.