Many people have an iodine deficiency in the body but do not know about it because at the initial stages, changes in well-being are very small.
Many people believe that the cause of iodine deficiency is an unbalanced diet. Unfortunately, even if you follow a healthy diet, you are not immune to iodine deficiency. Food is not the only source of this trace element for our body. You get iodine with water and air. Therefore, if you live in regions where water and air are low in iodine, you are at risk.
People can live for years without knowing about iodine deficiency in their bodies. Therefore, it is detected already when diagnosing various diseases. As a rule, iodine deficiency affects the functioning of the thyroid gland in the first place.
You can suspect a lack of iodine in your body by noticing changes in the condition of your skin. It becomes dry, loses its elasticity, and acquires a gray tint. Another unpleasant symptom of iron deficiency is being overweight. Iodine affects the production of hormones, and its deficiency leads to disruption of the hormonal system, which can lead to a set of extra pounds.
Also, iodine is an essential component for bowel function. If you suffer from constipation, you should get tested for iodine levels in your body.
Severe iodine deficiency can affect the cardiovascular system and affect blood pressure levels.
Also, iodine deficiency affects the menstrual cycle in women and can lead to infertility. Iodine deficiency can manifest itself as impotence in men.
The most common symptoms of iodine deficiency in your body are:
- low concentration of attention,
- memory impairment,
If you have several symptoms that may be due to iodine deficiency, you need to visit your doctor. Only a doctor can determine the level of iodine in your body and prescribe the required dose of a preparation containing one.
To prevent iodine deficiency in your body, you should include iodine-rich foods in your diet, such as cranberries, strawberries, oily fish, algae, cod liver, tuna, and so on.