One key component which is responsible for the production of thyroid hormones in the body is iodine. Our body requires food which are good sources of iodine as our body cannot produce this chemical. Foods rich in iodine are eggs, prunes, all dairy products, seaweed, etc. You can experience various symptoms in the case of iodine deficiency. If you don’t treat your condition you can suffer from cancer, heart failure, etc. This article will let you know about the symptoms of a lack of iodine. If your symptoms do match with any of them, you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.
1 Hair and skin problems
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The symptoms of iodine deficiency can include dry itchy skin and extreme hair loss. The moisture levels in your skin is regulated with the help of iodine. It even decreases the speed of formation of wrinkles as well as helps in healing scars and cuts at a faster rate. For maintaining long and shiny hair, iodine can be very beneficial. It even has the ability to protect the hair follicle from regeneration as well as promote its regeneration.
2 Cold sensitivity
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Among the symptoms of lack of iodine, if you feel cold even though it isn’t so cold, this can also be a sign of iodine deficiency. You will notice that everyone around you is in their T-shirts while you’re unnaturally feeling cold. Having a slower metabolic rate can be a sign that you’re iron deficit. This results in less production of energy in our body thus, no providing our body with sufficient heat.
3 Unexpected weight gain
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Having a slow metabolism wouldn’t be such a problem if the only problem is being extra sensitive to cold. But in iodine deficiency you can also suffer from surprising weight gain. The slow metabolism rate would burn lesser calories than usual and if we consume food at our usual quantity, the extra calories would get converted into fat.
4 Fatigue and weakness
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It has been proven by studies that 88% of people suffer from low thyroid hormones if they are have iodine deficiency. If you feel extra tired after doing the activities which you usually do, and also you neither overwork nor sleep deprived, this can be sign that you’re iodine deficit. Slow metabolism can also cause other symptoms like tiredness and constant fatigue. We will feel inactive because of less energy.
5 Learning and memory problems
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In 2014 a study was conducted which proved that people with low levels of thyroid hormones tend to have a small hippocampus. The long term memory of our brain is controlled by this part. This is the reason that people who are iron deficit can struggle in remembering and learning things. The ability of the brain to respond and process information is also affected by slow metabolism.
6 Depression and anxiety
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It is believed that physiological problems usually cause depression and anxiety. But this belief is wrong. Scientists have stated that a long time ago, thyroid disorders can also cause depression. If you usually feel more low than usual, you should consult a doctor and receive the correct treatment.
7 Swollen neck
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One of the most common symptoms of iodine deficiency is having a swollen neck. When the thyroid gland becomes larger causing our necks to swell up, this condition is known as goiter. When sufficient levels of iodine aren’t present in the body, your thyroid won’t be able to produce the required amount of hormones. This causes the thyroid to try utilizing the element from the blood. This can lead to the multiplication and abnormal growth of the cells causing our neck to swell up.
8 Pregnancy-related problems
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Pregnant women should be conscious of their iodine levels in their body because they would require sufficient amount for their own body as well as for the child’s body. Thyroid hormones are one of the essential components required for the baby. The intelligence and development of the baby’s brain can be affected by being iodine deficit. Iodine deficiency increases the chances for miscarriages or stillbirth.
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There are many heart problems linked with iodine deficiency. You can suffer from a condition where your heart rate becomes slower than the usual, this is known as brachycardia. The symptoms of this condition can include fainting as well as nausea and dizziness.
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There is no way to prevent hypothyroidism if you have iodine deficiency and this can harm your digestive system. It has been concluded by scientific literature that the activity in the stomach and colon is reduced when the thyroid doesn’t function properly. This is the reason why people who are deficit of iodine suffer from constipation. If you have less than 3 bowel movements in a week, you should consult a doctor and get yourself checked up properly.