Elements Necessary For Life

What is Iodine?

"Iodine is important for hormone development. It is found in dairy products, seafood, kelp, eggs, bread, some vegetables and iodised salt. A lack of dietary iodine can cause an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre) or other iodine deficiency disorders including mental retardation in children. Pregnant women need higher levels of iodine." (Better Health Channel)

Iodine and Our Bodies

10 reasons why we need Iodine

1. Iodine helps give us energy

2. Iodine helps to balance our body temperature

3. Iodine helps keep us a healthy body weight

4. Iodine helps us grow and develop

5. Iodine helps us think

6. Iodine helps us maintain appropriate emotional responses with the world around us

7. Iodine is very important to the heart and helps us deal with cholesterol

8. Iodine controls out heart rate

9. Iodine keeps our skin, nails, and hair healthy

10. Iodine helps us manage our blood sugar levels

Too much?

Having too much Iodine in your body can be very harmful for you. One major symptom of getting too much Iodine can be an enlarged thyroid, known as goiter. High Iodine intakes can also cause thyroid gland inflammation and thyroid cancer. Getting a very large dose of Iodine can cause burning of the mouth, throat and stomach; fever; stomach pain; vomiting; diarrhea; weak pulse; and coma.

Too Little?

Fortunately, Iodine deficiency is uncommon in the United States. People who don't get enough iodine cannot make sufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This can cause many problems. In pregnant women, severe iodine deficiency can permanently harm the fetus by causing stunted growth, mental retardation, and delayed sexual development. Less severe iodine deficiency can cause lower-than-average IQ in infants and children and decrease adults' ability to work and think clearly. Goiter, an enlarged thyroid gland, is often the first visible sign of iodine deficiency.

Iodine is a huge part of your diet

Why do you need Iodine in our diets?

"Iodine is an element found mainly in seawater and in soil close to the sea. The human body needs iodine to make thyroid hormone. During fetal development, infancy, and childhood, thyroid hormone is essential for the brain and nervous system to develop normally." (Quick Facts)

Common Sources of Dietary Iodine

Cows milk
Frozen Yogurt
Ice Cream
Iodine-containing multivitamins
Iodized table salt
Saltwater fish
Seaweed (including kelp, dulce, nori)
Soy milk
Soy sauce