At a first glance it may seem that iodine does not play any special role for human health. But it is not true. Food rich in iodine gives the thyroid the ability to control metabolism, detoxification as well as cellular growth and development. Lack of iodine can lead to undesirable consequences: chronic fatigue, decreased immunity, weight gain, slow metabolism and depression.
If there is lack of this mineral in your body, you will not have healthy teeth, clean skin, shiny hair and strong nails. Fortunately, it can be replenished with simple food products. Of course, we are not talking about the situation when its level has fallen to a critical minimum, when pharmacy products can not be avoided. In order to maintain its level within the necessary limits, you should include in your diet several products that will not only brighten up your daily menu, but will also give you the desired health.
Everyone knows that most of the iodine is found in marine products. Especially high content is found in algae. One serving of algae can provide a daily rate of this mineral. Brown algae contain the greatest amount of iodine. Only one tablespoon contains about two thousand micrograms of this mineral. The second place goes to algae kombu, about one thousand four hundred and fifty micrograms in one tablespoon. Algae wakame contain the least amount of iodine, only about eighty micrograms in a tablespoon.
Сranberries are another source of iodine, a hundred grams of berries contain about four hundred micrograms of this mineral. If you want to get more from cranberries, you should eat them fresh, add them to tea or make juice. However, store analogues of cranberry juice will not give you any benefit, as they have been processed and contain a huge amount of sugar.
You can replenish the reserves of iodine with the help of cheese and potatoes as well. Thirty grams of natural cheese contain 10-15 mcg of iodine, as well as calcium, a high-grade protein and vitamins of group B. Cheese from goat's milk is even more useful despite high fat content. Do not neglect other dairy products, they all can provide the body with this useful substance.
If you want to get useful iodine from potatoes you should cook it properly. The fried product will bring you only extra pounds. And baked potatoes are absolutely another matter. One medium-sized potato contains about sixty micrograms of iodine, as well as potassium and magnesium.
Seafood, asparagus, spinach, beans, mushrooms, fresh cabbage, pears and peaches - all these products will provide you with useful minerals and vitamins, and they will make your diet more colorful and tasty. But the easiest way to replenish the reserves of iodine in the body, is to replace the ordinary salt with the iodized one. However, you should remember that you can not add it to canned food, since you'll just spoil the products.
As already mentioned, pharmacy products will also do an excellent job, but you should not run to the pharmacy. Before you start using pharmacy products, you need to consult a doctor.
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