Iodine is a trace mineral that is vital to the function of the thyroid gland. The human body does not make iodine, so all iodine intake must come from either our diet or from supplements. Thankfully good iodine levels are easy to achieve with proper nutrition.  Despite how easy it is to have a healthy intake of iodine, deficiency is common. According to the World Health Organization, 2.2 billion people in 130 countries are at risk for iodine deficiency.


1. The Importance of Iodine

This mineral is crucial to help maintain healthy body weight, as well as to promote energy levels. Your muscles, liver and your pituitary gland require iodine to function properly. Small children require iodine for healthy brain development. Iodine is also essential for proper bone development in a healthy fetus and infants.

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