Is Eating Salt With Iodine Bad For You
Eating salt with iodine is just one way to get this essential nutrient into your body and support healthy thyroid function. Incidentally, it’s also a source of continued controversy, as specialists and researchers weigh in on either side of the argument.
The Truth about Deficiency
Iodine can be obtained through:
- Iodized salt
The thyroid gland uses iodine to make thyroid hormone. This is an essential and necessary nutrient.
The World Health Organization has stated that nearly 2 billion people are iodine deficient. It is particularly important among pregnant women and school-age children to have and maintain sufficient iodine levels, as they prevent miscarriages, developmental delay, and brain damage. The most important thing to realize is that these results are preventable.
Most of the Western Hemisphere is considered iodine sufficient, but on the whole, there are still varying levels of that sufficiency.
Eating Iodine to Excess
Consuming too much iodine leads to hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It’s unlikely that these results come from eating salt with iodine; most of these results are supplementation-related.
Too much iodine has two adverse effects on your body:
- It initiates and worsens your body’s white blood cell infiltration. This means that is can cause the thyroid gland to attack itself, thinking that it is somehow diseased.
- It impedes healthy hormone production within the gland.
The overall conclusion researchers reached takes a common sense approach to both deficiency and excess.
Iodine supplementation should only be used in cases of pronounced deficiency. That said, it needs to be maintained at a safe level that does not put patients at undue risk.
It is extremely important that if you plan to supplement iodine in order to treat a thyroid condition, you speak to a specialist first. Do not try to do this independently.
Specialists can help in treating your iodine levels properly. You can talk to them about any questions regarding eating salt with iodine. They will have the most current information available on the topic and be able to help you integrate that information into a treatment plan.
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