Iodine is an essential nutrient that your body needs to produce Thyroid Hormones. The human body cannot produce iodine, therefore it must be consumed in the food we eat or in supplement form.
Where Is Iodine Found?
Iodine is a relatively rare element. The highest concentration of iodine is found in the ocean, but it can also be found in soil. Iodine is most commonly consumed in iodized table salt. Processed foods are more likely to contain non-iodized salt and if they are processed with iodized salt, the packaging must list it on the ingredients label. Recently, many table salt companies have stopped including the essential nutrient. I noticed this when looking for iodized table salt at the supermarket after noticing that the salt in my pantry did not contain iodine. In fact, none of the different salts available in the aisle contained iodine. I had to go to the Spanish food aisle to find one that did. Check the label on the salt in your pantry to determine if the salt you are consuming is iodized and how much of it you would need to consume in order to meet the recommended daily value.
Individuals who limit salt intake to prevent water retention or for other reasons such existing health problems such as hypertension, are more likely to be iodine deficient. Studies suggest that iodine deficiency can cause symptoms of hypothyroidism even with normal thyroid hormone levels and may also be linked to obesity, ADHD, psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia and cancers.
Symptoms of Iodine Deficiency include:
- Hair that is thinning all over
- Hair that is turning white or gray prematurely
- Bald patches
- Dry hair
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Excessive cold feeling
- Swelling of the wrists and ankles
- Increased cholesterol levels
Determine if your hair loss is due to iodine deficiency. Make an appointment to see your healthcare provider and have your iodine level tested. It is important to note that there are other health conditions that may cause hair loss and your healthcare provider should evaluate you and order other tests as deemed necessary.
At NuReveal, a medical professional can evaluate your hair loss and have your iodine level tested. *Other tests may be necessary to rule out other causes for your hair loss. For patients without insurance, the out of pocket cost for an iodine level is $35.