Iodine Deficiency Can Put Your Baby’s Brain At Risk
Nearly half of all Australian women are iodine deficient. This can impair brain development and intellectual capacity in their children. Iodine deficiency is a massive problem in most parts of the world and doesn’t receive enough attention.
This finding comes from the Westmead Institute of Medical Research in Australia. It is extremely concerning because iodine deficiency is the single most preventable cause of mental delays. Our modern food supply is very depleted in iodine.
Most people just don’t get enough through their diet. The best sources are seafood, seaweed and iodised salt. Only seafood that comes from the oceans contains iodine. Farmed seafood only contains negligible amounts. Iodised salt does contain iodine, but only tiny amounts, and few people make their meals that salty in order to obtain sufficient iodine. In the past, dairy products contained iodine because cow udders were dipped into it as a form of sanitation.
Adequate iodine is necessary for proper brain development in babies. The baby’s brain will already be forming before most women realise they are pregnant. That’s why it’s so critically important for women considering becoming pregnant to make sure they get enough iodine.
Babies born to mothers who are iodine deficient have a lower IQ and may have hearing problems. They are also more prone to developing a thyroid problem. Any person who doesn’t obtain adequate iodine in their diet is prone to developing a sluggish metabolism. Thyroid hormones are actually made of iodine, and the amino acid tyrosine. If you aren’t getting enough iodine in your diet, your thyroid gland cannot be functioning optimally. Thyroid Health capsules have been designed to contain the nutrients required by your thyroid, for correct hormone production.
There is a urine test any doctor can order to check your iodine status. It is worth it, to check on the health of your metabolism.