Iodine isn’t something most of us think about making sure we get enough of. It is important for healthy, normal metabolism and a healthy thyroid (which is important because the thyroid controls metabolism, growth, body temperature, muscle strength, appetite, and the health of your heart, brain, kidneys, and reproductive system). Our bodies don’t need much iodine, 150 mcg (micrograms) is recommended. Twice that if you are pregnant or nursing.
Iodine isn’t made in the body so we have to make sure we are getting it in the food we consume. Sea vegetables like sea weed and kelp are excellent sources of iodine. But if seaweed isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there are plenty of other options.
Iodine is found in baked potatoes (40% of your daily needs), milk, cod, fortified iodized salt, shrimp, baked turkey breast, dried prunes, navy beans, lobster, and cranberries (just one serving of 4 ounces contains 267% of your daily iodine needs).
As a whole we are getting enough iodine, but it is important to be aware and make sure you are taking in enough. Those eating a vegan diet are more at risk of not getting enough. Studies have shown too much can also cause thyroid problems, but not much is known about consuming too much iodine. You would have to try really hard to get too much iodine though.
It is all about being aware of what you are putting into your body and making sure you are making well informed healthy choices when it comes to the food you eat!!