Whether you are overweight or underweight, the nutrient iodine might be helpful.
Iodine is a key nutrient needed for good thyroid function.
One of the common symptoms of low thyroid function, is difficulty losing weight, despite dieting and exercise. If your thyroid is sluggish, your metabolism can slow down leading to weight gain.
In some people being underweight can be an issue. It depends on your individual body type, genetics and metabolism.
The Best Way to Get More Iodine Is….
Seaweed is a great source of iodine. I add powdered kelp to my smoothies for an extra nutrient boost. With the recent nuclear issues in Japan, you might want to look for Atlantic sourced products.
You can get seaweed products from the local health food store and sometimes at Asian markets.
Seaweed makes a great addition to soup. Experiment with adding it to various dishes.
Another way to enhance iodine status is to avoid chlorine and fluoride.
- Drink purified water
- Use a shower filter
- Use non-fluoridated toothpaste
Seafood and eggs are also good sources of iodine.
Remember that iodine is not a cure all for thyroid issues, it is just one piece of the nutrient picture. If you think you have thyroid issues consult with your doctor. I prefer holistic oriented doctors and people schooled in functional medicine. You also want to be careful not to overdo it with iodine. It’s possible to have too little, but also possible to have too much iodine. The lady in this video gives a simple, down and dirty test for testing iodine levels in your body.