We only need trace amounts of Iodine, but it’s not uncommon for people to have mild iodine deficiency, and the number of people with an iodine deficiency is rising.
One of the most common symptoms of iodine deficiency is weight gain, caused by hypothyroidism. Other symptoms include hair loss, dry skin, lethargy, impaired fertility, elevated LDL-C, cognitive impairment, an enlarged thyroid gland, and a number of other conditions that affect the heart, liver, muscles, kidneys and developing fetuses,
The most iodine-rich plant-based food sources:
- Fortified bread
- Green beans
- Iodized Salt
- Sea vegetables (nori, wakame, dulse, kelp etc)
- Leafy greens