You likely don’t think about how much iodine is in your diet on a regular basis. However, the essential chemical element is responsible for energy regulation as well as for triggering the production of thyroid hormones. Because iodine is a common addition to table salt (since the 1920s) iodine deficiency hasn’t been that common. However, researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine find that certain population groups are prone to iodine deficiency—including vegans and vegetarians and those who don’t eat animal milk, seafood, bread, or eggs, as well as expectant moms.
Here are six indicators of iodine deficiency and potential thyroid issues…
1. Restricted Diets
Those who restrict their diets due to a food allergy (i.e., celiac or casein allergy) or due to a life-choice, (i.e., vegans or vegetarians) may be at heightened risk of iodine deficiency due to low levels iodized salt intake, or lack of animal milk, seafood, eggs, or bread in the diet.
If you adhere to a restrictive diet, taking an iodine supplement may help keep iodine levels balanced. However, we recommend speaking to your doctor first to make sure supplementation doesn’t negatively interact with other medications (i.e., water pills, blood pressure medications) that you may be taking.