I recently discovered that I had low iodine levels.
I was presenting with puffiness, brain fog, low energy, low thyroid function, interrupted sleep, fluid retention etc. I talk more about it in my second book and online program and how it impacted me overall thyroid function.
Iodine is such a vital nutrient. It is important for breast health, thyroid function, hormonal balance, energy, sleep and immune function.
It seems the soils in Australia are low in iodine (and other minerals) – therefore our food may be lacking in this vital nutrient. It’s hard to tell and confirm this with research but this is what has been said recently.
Further, the brassica veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale) in large amounts could leach iodine as they are ‘goitragenic’ and cause thyroid issues.
Also most people I meet have compromised gut health which means they also may not be absorbing minerals like they should be.
If you feel you are gaining weight/not losing it despite doing all the right things, living in a brain fog or suffering from low energy it may be worthwhile to get a spot iodine test done (via urine) to check your levels if you are presenting with any negative symptoms.
Since I found out about my low iodine, I have been supplementing with iodine under the guidance of my doctor and noticed a huge improvement in my energy, sleep and thyroid function.
I think limiting brassica veggies to 3-4x/week and only eating them when very well cooked. I also will avoid them at lunch and enjoy at dinner instead.
I do prefer supplementing with iodine in the form of kelp – but this must be under the guidance of a practitioner. As self-diagnosing or supplementing could lead you into trouble as too much iodine could also hurt your thyroid. It needs to be just the right balance – and according to how low your levels are.
As a nutritionist I like to see iodine levels above 100 Iu/ml. Your doctor or nutritionist can test for this with ease.
Let me know how you go x Jess