Iodine Deficiency: Seven Reasons Why You Might Be Deficient in Iodine

August 4, 2022

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0:00 Introduction: Iodine deficiency explained
1:18 7 surprising reasons why you’re deficient in iodine
8:38 Learn more about the symptoms of an iodine deficiency!

In this video, we’re going to talk about the reasons why you’re deficient in iodine. A lot of people think they may be deficient in iodine because they’re not eating enough seafood or because of poor growing soil. While this may be true, there are several other reasons for iodine deficiency.

Here are the 7 surprising potential causes of an iodine deficiency:
1. Selenium deficiency
2. Radiation
3. Goitrogen foods
4. Bromine/fluoride
5. Perchlorate
6. Oral contraceptives
7. Smoking

If you’re exposed to radiation, you’re exposed to iodine 131. Iodine 131 is radioactive and lodges into your thyroid receptors. You can take potassium iodide if you’re exposed to radiation or know you will be exposed to radiation. But, you would only take potassium iodide when you really need it.

Goitrogen foods are foods that deplete iodine and can cause a goiter. Goitrogen foods include:
• Cassava
• Soy
• Corn
• Canola
• Cruciferous vegetables
• Peanuts
• Pine nuts
• Millet
• Rice

Although cruciferous vegetables are goitrogenic, steaming or cooking them lessens the effects. Cassava can be especially problematic because it contains hydrocyanic acid and thiocyanate which bind to and block iodine.

Fruit and vegetables are low in iodine. Eggs are a good source of iodine, and meats and nuts are decent sources. The best sources of iodine are shellfish, fish, and sea kelp.

Chemicals like bromine, fluoride, and perchlorate are found in bread and drinking water, and all have the potential to block iodine. It's important to filter your water to avoid these chemicals.

The body does not store iodine and uses it up pretty quickly, so it is easy to become deficient.

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Thanks for watching. I hope this helps you understand what could be causing your iodine deficiency. I’ll see you in the next video.