Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal is 24.9.
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Needed only in very small amounts, iodine helps to metabolize extra fat and is important for physical and mental development.
It’s also needed for a healthy thyroid gland and for the prevention of goiter, a swollen gland rarely seen these days.
Certain parts of the country have little or no iodine in the soil.
Iodine deficiency in children may result in mental retardation.
In addition, iodine deficiency has been linked to breast cancer and is associated with fatigue, neonatal hypothyroidism, and weight gain.
Too much iodine intake (sometimes as little as 750 micrograms daily) may inhibit the secretion of thyroid hormone and can produce a metallic taste and sores in your mouth, swollen salivary glands, diarrhea, and vomiting.
If you have any problem with your thyroid, talk to your health care professional about iodine.
In most cases, however, the small risk of chronic iodine excess is far outweighed by the dangers of a low-iodine diet.
It’s especially important for women of childbearing age and children to get adequate amounts of iodine.
Foods high in iodine include dairy products (from cattle fed iodine-supplemented feed and salt licks), iodized salt, seafood, saltwater fish, and kelp.
It may also be found in asparagus, dulse, garlic, lima beans, mushrooms, sea salt (which provides nature’s own balance of minerals), sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach, summer squash, Swiss chard, and turnip greens.
Most fruits and vegetables grown near the coasts contain more iodine than those grown inland.
Some foods block the uptake of iodine into your thyroid gland when eaten raw in large amounts.
These include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, peaches, pears, spinach, and turnips.
If you have an underactive thyroid, you should limit how much you eat of these foods.
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