Many nutrition experts feel that only a few people can be diagnosed with thyroid problems. However, they do not feel this is a problem. If your diet has been “cleansed” and you don’t feel the effect of the iodine, then your thyroid is healthy.
One of the first things to consider is whether you’re doing the right things. If you’re eating a diet which is loaded with processed foods, then you’re likely to have a thyroid problem.
Another option is to get your thyroid checked out. Thyroid problems can be caused by:
Not eating enough iodine
Taking thyroid supplements
Taking iodine with alcohol
Taking iodine in supplements containing iodine
Drinking too much iodine-containing water
Taking iodine supplements
Drinking iodine-rich water, for example, in a faucet
Other things which can trigger your thyroid to go wrong are: alcohol
Having a very healthy lifestyle (physical exercise, eating well, etc)
Having your thyroid checked out – you don’t need to make a big fuss about having a check-up on a thyroid test
You will need to take thyroid medication to be well enough to have a well-balanced diet and not have to worry about your thyroid problems.
Iodine is a good source of iodine. You can get it through food (fruits and vegetables, eggs, milk, meat and fish) without problems. However, you should talk to your dietitian if you have sensitive thyroid and ask them or a doctor to monitor your iodine intake while you eat.
It’s important that you only get enough to meet your daily needs. If you do have to take more, it’s best to do so as soon as you get it. In general, more iodine is not a problem.
See the chart below for an indication of when you can get enough iodine. It will be listed as 0, 4, 9 and 12 hours after you make a meal.
For example, when you put 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter on a hot grill, you might get a reading of 4. In that instance you might make a big fuss (and spend your own money) about getting more (3 tablespoons is a good estimate) – it seems obvious to many people. But this is an exception that proves the rule. A good rule is to get enough iodine from foods and water, because this is an important thing for a healthful diet.
By Mark B
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