Today is World Iodine Deficiency Day, but what is important to know is that this day is more about creating awareness and learning the preventive measures.
Iodine, one of the essential dietary minerals for our body helps in the normal thyroid functioning & growth. Experts suggest that we must have a proper intake of iodine in our food as its deficiency can sometimes prove fatal. According to the American Thyroid Association, “The body does not make iodine, but it is an essential part of your diet. A certain amount of iodine is always required in the human body in order to create a vital chemical known as thyroid hormone.”
Iodine Intake in Moderation is the Key to Good Health
We Indians are used to consuming iodine, primarily via common salt, also called as namak. Government has done many campaigns for iodine awareness in past and thus, the sale of common salt, not fortified with salt got banned. According to WHO guidelines, a daily iodine intake of 150 microgram is required to prevent iodine deficiency disorders in our body.
The easiest way to meet this need is by eating a healthy and varied diet. This micro-nutrient is essential as it helps improving the metabolism of your body as well. Food like yoghurt, shrimps, cheese have adequate amount of iodine in it.