7 Ways to Get More Iodine in Your Diet with Hypothyroidism


Denise Mann, MS

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Your doctor suggested that you include more iodine in your diet, only you don't know where or how to start.

Iodine is a mineral that helps us convert food into energy. It also supports thyroid health. One of the reasons your doctor may have suggested that you up your iodine intake is to boost your thyroid gland's ability to produce thyroid hormone. Severe iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, a condition that occurs when the thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormones. It is marked by weight gain, fatigue, constipation, dry skin, and hair loss. Iodine deficiency is very, very rare in the U.S. since table salt became iodized.

So how much iodine do you need? The Institute of Medicine recommends that adult men and women get 150 micrograms of iodine per day. The requirement is higher for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Maggie describes what it's like to have hypothyroidism, how it's affected her athleticism, and how she handles living with the condition.

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