Why Is Iodine Important for the Thyroid?

Q:

Is iodine important for the thyroid?

A:

Iodine is a critical element that enables your thyroid gland to secrete thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which control the metabolism. They regulate your energy, temperature, weight and more.

Iodine is a very important element to make your body work well, but the body does not produce it. When you do not get adequate iodine, thyroid problems develop. So you must take in enough iodine in case of hypothyroidism. Sea vegetables, seafood and iodized sea salt are good sources of iodine.

Health issues can also appear when you get too much iodine. A person may have hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism at the same time if he is already iodine-deficient and is given too much iodine too quickly. You’d better consult with your healthcare practitioner about iodine supplements. The best way is to bring levels up slowly rather than overload right up front.

 

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