The necessity for iodine

One of the preconditions of a healthy organism is a harmonious hormone system, including iodine. As a result of iodine deficiency, the thyroid diseases occur more frequently than average. The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate the body’s metabolic rate.

The hormone causes the body to produce more protein and also increases the amount of oxygen used by the cells. For the production of the hormone the thyroid needs iodine. The thyroid gland processes iodine that is consumed in the diet and converts it into hormones. The diseases caused by iodine deficiency vary and may include: thyroid dysfunction, headaches, liver-kidney problems, fatigue, metabolism problems, developmental problems in children, malformations of the fetus in pregnant women etc. Iodine plays a role in burning the fatty acids and in reducing serum cholesterol level. Therefore, it is essential to supplement iodine, preferably by a natural source (iodide). The maximum intake can be as high as 1mg/day, that is 5-20 times the recommended daily intake by the WHO. It is worth noting that the Japanese- so well -known for being healthy- consume 1.0-1.2 mg/day of iodine. (due to their high intake of marine fish and other marine organisms).

There are a few types of food that enhance the absorption of iodine such as egg yolk, parsley leaves, apricots, dates, plums, cheese, and chicken.

On the other hand, some may inhibit iodine absorption, including Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, peaches, pears, mustard, soybeans, quinoa and peanuts.

It has also been shown that chlorination of drinking water causes a significant loss in iodine content.

Therefore, this is a good reason why we should be consuming water with naturally occurring iodine.