THYROID & IODINE DEFICIENCY QUIZ
Which of these apply to you?
Fibroids or cysts in uterus or ovaries
Severe menstrual cramps
Heavy menstrual bleeding
Hair loss on scalp
Hair loss on legs or arms
Hair loss on eyebrows
Weight gain or unexpected weight loss
Muscle aches and pains or Fibromyalgia
Tachycardia fast heart rate or atrial fibrilllation
Excessive sweatiness or decreased ability to sweat
Lack of stomach acid
High blood pressure
Depression, irritability or nervousness
Feeling of fullness in throat
Neck pain, swelling, or sore throat
Heightened susceptibility to infectious disease, especially bronchitis, pneumonia, ear infections, and/or strep throat
Chronic fatigue or lethargy
Morning fatigue improving as the day proceeds
Chronic skin infections (boils, acne, fungal infections, etc) or itchy skin
Excess mucous and/or thick mucous in the throat
Cold hands and feet or cold intolerance
Muscular fatigue and/or cramps
Low morning body temperature
Do you have overactive or underactive thyroid?
Are you on a low sodium diet?
Do you avoid consuming fish or seafood on a regular basis?
Do you have a low libido (sluggish sex drive)?
Do you have 20 or more pounds overweight and/or do you have a difficult time losing weight?
Are you a night owl?
Are you a total vegetarian?
Do you have a history of infertility and/or low sperm count?
Do you have cellulite?
Do you have high cholesterol?
1 to 6 points Mild Iodine Deficiency: Increase the consumption of iodine-rich foods. Use sea salt in all recipes. Get further tested for Iodine Deficiency.
See Iodine Deficiency Loading Test.
7 to 14 points Moderate Iodine Deficiency: Iodine deficiency impairs thyroid function and weakens immunity. Eat iodine-rich fish and seafood. Take kelp or iodine tablets as a source of iodine. Use sea salt with all meals and recipes. Get further tested for Iodine deficiency. See Iodine Deficiency Loading Test.
15 and above Severe Iodine Deficiency: Crab, lobster, salmon, cod, mackerel, halibut, and shrimp should be regular items in your diet. However, try to purchase seafood from areas with less pollution such as Alaskan and Icelandic waters. Add seaweed and/or kelp to your salads and soups. Purchase iodine tablets or drops from your health food store. Use sea salt with all foods. Additionally, be sure to avoid iodine antagonists. These substances, known as goitrogens, are found in certain foods, notably rapeseed, beans, peanuts, cabbage, spinach, turnips, carrots (and carrot juice), beets, broccoli, cauliflower, peaches, pears, flax, and kale. However, cooking activates these iodine antagonists and, thus only raw forms of these foods must be avoided. Get further tested for Iodine deficiency. See Iodine Deficiency Loading Test.
There is a word of caution.
Certain individuals are highly sensitive to iodine. This occurs very seldom, but important to note. This sensitivity can result in potentially life-threatening allergic reactions such as difficulty breathing or swelling. If you develop any unusual symptoms after increasing your iodine intake, stop consuming the iodine immediately. In any case, if you rarely consume seafood and do not take supplemental iodine, be sure to introduce the iodine slowly. Despite these precautions, iodine is a natural substance and is well tolerated by the majority of individuals.
Also… Seafood and fish may contain heavy metals due to pollution. If you eat these on a regular basis, it is suggested that you have a yearly Heavy Metal Test by doing a Hair Mineral Analysis done to determine if there is an accumulation anywhere in your tissues.
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