I O D I N E⁣
Thyroid hormone production is determined by our nutrient levels and digestive health. If you are deficient in vital nutrients which are needed to make these hormones the body will struggle and low thyroid function will likely follow.⁣

Thyroid function relies on the presence of iodine to make thyroid hormone. Iodine (in the form of iodide) is drawn from the blood into thyroid cells where it is changed into a reactive form of iodine by an enzyme called thyroid peroxidase (TPO). TPO is dependent on selenium and iron (more on that in later posts). The reactive iodine then requires thyroglobulin (dependent on the amino acid tyrosine) to start the process of hormone production.⁣

Both deficiency and excess iodine can cause thyroid dysfunction. ⁣

If you know or suspect low thyroid function firstly establish whether this is being caused by thyroid antibodies (TPO Antibodies or TG Antibodies) by having a full thyroid panel completed. This should include not only TSH and free T4 but also free T3, TPO and TG antibodies. Reverse T3 can also be helpful but will cost more. If you do have thyroid antibodies be cautious with iodine-rich foods and iodine supplementation. Have your iodine levels tested. Excess iodine can increase your chances of an autoimmune attack if selenium deficiency is also present.⁣

Always check you are not doubling up on your dosage of iodine within your food and supplements. You are aiming for approximately 150mcg of iodine per day while ensuring that selenium is sufficient.⁣

Iodine sources:⁣
Seaweed such as dulse, nori, wakame and kelp. ⁣
Wild white fish, such as haddock and cod. ⁣
Chlorella and spirulina.⁣

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Nutritional Therapy with Karen Alexander

Based in Farnham, Surrey, I practice nutritional therapy to support your journey towards better health, vitality and performance. I am passionate about educating and empowering people to make the changes needed for true health. I have a MSc with distinction in Personalised Nutrition and a special interest in


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