Did you know that it is currently estimated that nearly 3/4 of the modern world is not getting enough daily iodine in their diet? Iodine deficiency is a prevalent problem in developing countries that can lead to epidemics of goiter and infant retardation, but few people think that a more subtle and insidious deficiency problem can exist in the developed world. There are two reasons for this.
1. Doctors are realizing that the daily recommended amount is currently too low, much like vitamin D was for a long time
2. The most available form of iodine – iodized salt – is being consumed far less now than it was before due to is decreased production and the anti-salt movement.
Iodine deficiency is getting more recognition due to the increased hypothyroidism awareness of the recent past, which includes some nasty symptoms. Luckily iodine deficiency is very easy to avoid. All you have to do is eat some foods with lots of iodine in them, or you could alternatively take a supplement.
Iodine is most prevalent in, by far, seafood. The reason being that the mineral concentration in the ocean is obviously far more dense than in the air. Seaweed is the #1 source of iodine on the planet, and a single ounce of seaweed salad twice a week will give you more than enough iodine. You can also take one of many seaweed supplements if getting regular seaweed in your diet is too impractical or inconvenient.
iodine is also present in red berries, such as cranberries and strawberries. A single serving of each a day will satisfy your daily iodine requirement. If you eat fish, most popular fish has a daily dose of iodine in it. Just be mindful of contaminants that can become dangerous if consumed in excess, such as mercury.