So you feel tired, foggy, and have sore breasts, have cysts, fat tummy, dry mouth, can’t sleep very well, have headaches, eye twitches and the list goes on.
We can all roll our eyeballs and just blame menopause, whether it be in the run up or full blown phase. Can’t we?
Well, I’m going to throw a curveball at you and suggest that perhaps often these symptoms can actually be attributed to an Iodine deficiency… but what is Iodine??
Iodine is an essential element for life and is the heaviest element commonly needed by living organisms. (Lanthanum and the other lanthanides, as well as tungsten, are used by a few microorganisms.) It is required for the synthesis of the growth-regulating thyroid hormones thyroxine and triiodothyronine (T4 and T3 respectively, named after their number of iodine atoms).
Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function, which can often be out of whack after we hit 40…
The thyroid gland secretes thyroid hormones, which primarily influence the metabolic rate and protein synthesis. The hormones also have many other effects including those on development. The thyroid hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) are created from iodine and tyrosine. The thyroid also produces the hormonecalcitonin, which plays a role in calcium homeostasis.
So in basic terms if you are deficient in iodine, your thyroid will not work properly, so you will find your health deteriorates and your weight may be all over the place. Some may not realise their symptoms are relevant and just put them down to tiredness, time of life, work and family demands.
So what are the signs of iodine deficiency?
- Weight gain, especially notable when actively watching what you eat and exercising
- Brain fog, feeling like you are mentally struggling with normal daily tasks
- Depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns
- Fibrocystic breasts (painful lumps)
- Ovarian cysts
- Bulging thyroid or goiter
- Skin problems
- Dry mouth
- Headaches and migraines
How much iodine do we need?
The recommended daily allowance is 15mg per day, however, homeopathic health professionals suggest that some women going through change may need to take up to 50mg per day under the guidance of a health care professional.
Other groups RDA:
- Birth to 6 months: 110 micrograms
- 7–12 months: 130 micrograms
- 1–8 years: 90 micrograms
- 9–13 years: 120 micrograms
- 14 years and older: 150 micrograms
- Pregnant women: 220 micrograms
- Breastfeeding women: 29 micrograms
Iodine deficiency in pregnancy can result in mental retardation of the foetus
How do we get iodine?
Aside from Iodine supplementation in the form of drops or tablets, there are easy food sources of Iodine available, to name a few:
• Sea Vegetables: Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame
• Organic Yogurt
• Organic Navy Beans
• Organic Strawberries
• Raw, Organic Cheese
• Organic Potatoes
And of course, you should also be using pink Himalayan salt on your food!
There is so much to learn that I highly recommend you begin to research your symptoms and speak to your health professional about your suspicions so they can guide you safely to full good health!
Note, Iodine is best taken with Selenium, necessary for cellular function in many organisms, including all animals and humans .
I would love to hear your stories, especially how you feel once you supplement with Iodine and selenium.
In the meantime, look out for my next post relevant to your epic life changing journey of being 40plus!