Low iodine can lead to thyroid disorders, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, cancer (including breast and prostate).
- Our soils are mineral deficient. Crops grown in iodine-deficient soil will be deficient in iodine.
- People on low-sodium diets. Even though iodized salt is poorly absorbed and not an ideal source of iodine, sometimes that is a person’s only source of iodine in the diet.
- Diets high in the consumption of baked goods that contain bromine. Bromine is a halogen that competes with iodine for absorption and receptor binding sites.
- Drinking water with perchlorate. Perchlorate is one atom of chlorine and four atoms of oxygen. Often found in our drinking what. Chlorine is a halogen which can displace iodine in the body. Fluoride is the drinking water or exposure through dentistry also would have similar problems as fluoride is also a halogen.
- Diets low in ocean fish or sea vegetables. Best dietary source of iodine.