Many people struggle to get enough iodine in their diet. This mineral is naturally occurring in sea vegetables like dulse, kelp and nori, plus fish, shellfish, dairy, eggs and iodized salt. Unfortunately conventional medical wisdom tells us to minimize egg consumption due to the cholesterol they contain, to minimize sodium consumption, and for most of us, fish and sea vegetable consumption is saved for the occasional sushi. Not to mention that the mineral depletion of our soils makes it hard for iodine to find its way into our food chain.
Why do you need iodine?
Iodine plays an important role in the healthy functioning of your thyroid gland. The thyroid produces the hormone thyroxine (T4), which later converts to the active form triiodothyronine (T3). The body builds these hormones out of the amino acid tyrosine and the mineral iodine. Tyrosine is easy to get from your diet, but without that elusive iodine, your thyroid will struggle to make thyroid hormone, resulting in hypothyroid symptoms.
The thyroid and it’s hormones T4 and T3 control your metabolism. We think of metabolism as influencing our weight, but it is also involved in all the processes that keep us alive!