IO­DINE

MIN­I­MUM DAILY NEED:

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Body and Soul - - B+S/NUTRITION -

150mcg 150mcg

ES­SEN­TIAL FOR: The devel­op­ment of thy­roid hor­mones that reg­u­late your me­tab­o­lism. WHAT THE EX­PERTS SAY: “Io­dine de­fi­ciency has re-emerged in Aus­tralia over the past decade, partly be­cause dairy prod­ucts no longer con­tain it af­ter changes in san­i­ta­tion pro­cesses,” Weaver says. “We’re also con­sum­ing less iodised salt to­day than decades ago.” Though com­mer­cial bread is for­ti­fied with io­dine, fewer peo­ple are eat­ing it, Liene­mann adds. “Or­ganic loaves and make-ath­ome bread mixes don’t have to be for­ti­fied, which could pose an­other con­cern as more and more peo­ple turn to or­ganic foods and home cook­ing,” she says. SIGNS YOU’RE DEFICIENT: Fa­tigue, feel­ing cold, dry skin, weight gain, hair loss, brit­tle nails. BOOST IT: In­clude bread in one of your meals each day. Check that it’s made with iodised salt. OR TAKE: A daily sup­ple­ment of 150mcg, but Weaver says it’s vi­tal that any­one with a thy­roid con­di­tion con­sults a health ex­pert be­fore tak­ing ad­di­tional io­dine.

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