Iodine deficiency is very common in India and the major source of iodine for most of us is iodized salt. Iodine is responsible for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland and iodine deficiency can have a catastrophic effect on the body. Check whether you have any of these conditions that indicate a deficiency.
Constipation-- Thyroid hormones play an important role in body metabolism, and when your body doesn't get enough iodine, it results in obstructed bowel movements or constipation.
Unexplained weight gain-- An impaired metabolism due to lack of iodine in the body can slow down the energy burning process that leads to gaining weight.
Elevated blood cholesterol levels-- According to a study published in the journal Nutrition lack of iodine results in elevated blood cholesterol levels.
Dry skin and puffy face with hair loss-- A swollen face with dry skin and hair can also result due to iodine deficiency and is an effect of alterations in body metabolism.
Increased sensitivity to cold-- The changes in the energy production of the body because of impaired thyroid functioning also result in feeling cold when other people are feeling comfortable.
Depression-- Iodine Deficiency disorders have been linked to depression and other mental disorders as thyroid hormones play an important role in neurological development and wear and tear.
Irregular or heavy menstrual cycle-- Thyroid hormones also affect the production of reproductive hormones like estrogen, fluctuations in which can cause an irregular menstrual cycle.
Fatigue- Thyroid hormones are crucial for metabolising carbohydrates, proteins and fats and lack of iodine can cause a dip in these hormone levels thereby affecting your energy levels and can lead to feeling tired all the time.
Goitre--Iodine deficiency sometimes leads to enlargement of the thyroid gland that causes swelling in the neck and is very obvious.