What is the easiest way to determine if you have iodine deficiency in your body?
- Buy iodine tincture at the pharmacy. Soak cotton wool on an ear stick. Draw a grid on any part of the body (except the projection of the thyroid gland). Leave overnight In the morning look at the place where you drew the iodine network. The body shows a lack of iodine if the network is not visible at all or is not noticeable at all.
- Using the iodine tincture, draw three lines 10-12 cm long on the upper arm area. One line should be 3 mm thick, the second line should be thicker than 5 mm and the third line should be 8-10 mm thick. Leave overnight. There is no iodine deficiency if only the first line has disappeared (or is not visible) by the next day. Iodine is missing if only the first two lines have disappeared or suddenly become pale. The body feels a strong lack of iodine if all three lines have disappeared overnight.
Seaweed contains the most iodine. There are 500-700 milligrams of iodine in 100 grams of sea cabbage. Iodized salt and other dietary supplements are used to fill the iodine deficiency. It is more useful to supplement iodine with food products and plants that selectively accumulate organic iodine that is easily absorbed by the body. Iodine deficiency is most common in areas far from the sea and oceans. The daily requirement of an adult for iodine is 150-200 mkg. With food and water, the body receives only 40-80mkg of iodine. Iodine is important in the secretion of thyroid hormones (turcosine), which affects the metabolism, the state of the nervous system and the mental health of a person. Iodine has the function of thermoregulation, it regulates the work of the liver and the cardiovascular system. The work of many organs is disrupted if food does not get enough iodine in the body. The doctor’s recommendation is to eat as much sea fish and seafood as possible. Iodine is mostly found in cod liver (370mkg per 100 grams of liver), hake and shrimp. In freshwater fish there is twice less iodine on average (50-100 mkg per 100 grams of fish) than in sea fish (200-250mkg per 100 grams of fish). Fegoja (lat. Acca sellowiana) has the most iodine among plant products. This plant is used fresh or is present in desserts. Plenty of iodine is contained in “khaki” apples, dried apricots, avocados and black chokeberries (lat. Aronia melanocarpa), and beets. Cranberries also contain a lot of iodine (a glass of fresh cranberries contains 600 mkg of iodine). For prevention, it is enough to drink one tablespoon of cranberry juice a day. Large amounts of iodine are contained in the seaweed fucus (lat. Fucus), the plant “white five-fingered” (lat. Potentilla alba) and the common “bottle” (lat. Xanthium strumarium). You can buy Fucus algae at the pharmacy. The common “bottle” is a type of weed that grows at the ends of meadows and in gardens.