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Does lack of table salts (while consuming other noniodized salts) put me at risk for iodine deficiency?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 02, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I am trying to determine if I should seek supplemental sources of iodine in my diet (and my family's diet). Overall I rely on kosher salt in my cooking, which as I understand it, does not have iodine. However, we all regularly consume salted Kerrygold butter, though I have no idea whether this contains iodine.

Otherwise, our diet often contains organic whole milk yogurt, organic whole cow's milk, organic eggs, fish of various types, strawberries and mozzarella cheese.

I'm not opposed to adding kelp type sources to my diet, but would probably only consciously do so if I had reason to believe I was iodine deficient.

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(19469)

on February 07, 2012
at 03:53 PM

There are lots of different brands, but most of them are standardized for a specific amount of iodine.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 06, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Are kelp tablets consistent in the amount of iodine they supply?

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(19469)

on June 09, 2011
at 12:34 AM

It looks like prices might go up if the demand in Japan continues (http://www.compassnaturalmarketing.com/2011/03/16/kelp-and-the-fallout-zone-natural-foods-stores-in-western-usa-sold-out-of-radiation-fighting-supplements/) but in the meantime, the supplement that is available at my local health food store indicates 400% of ones daily RDA of iodine so your weight shouldn't be an issue.

98dc373408dcbb381b684fc569f3ea05

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on June 09, 2011
at 12:12 AM

So if I fluctuate between 170-175 how many a day would yOu recommend?

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on May 03, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Hooray for seaweed salad! (and soup)

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(5136)

on May 02, 2011
at 05:52 PM

i've been wondering this myself. i have a similar diet (though my salt is pink himalayan mostly). a sheet of konbu seemed to help my dry leg skin significantly pretty much overnight. i also got a mild spot specific headache, which is weird cause i NEVER have headaches, so i was wondering if that couldn't be natural msg. not sure what to do now.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 02, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I believe the sodium load per serving(approx. 1/4) is 500 mg. which I would have immediately PWO with starchy carbs. Perhaps it is too much of a load? Everyday(as workouts are daily for me). I believe it is at certain amount that it is stored in the body causing hardening of the soft tissues and excretion of nutrients especially vitamin c; but I may be wrong as to quantity. It may be a qualitative issue?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 02, 2011
at 04:38 PM

quarter teaspoon? I know its PWO, but how often say in one week is that? three times per week, daily, twice per week? Thanks.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 02, 2011
at 04:37 PM

whoa! just in defense of our shared name, ben, i have to go on and record and say that oysters raw out of the shell are delicious!

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on May 02, 2011
at 03:36 PM

Haha! Gross...oysters tast like snot.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on May 02, 2011
at 03:29 PM

use it as an excuse to consume large quantities of oysters. mmmmmmm

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 02, 2011
at 03:12 PM

Yes, if you stop consuming iodine-containing salt then you can very easily fail to consume healthy amounts of iodine. Consciously add some sea vegetables into your diet. Thats what I do: sprinkly kelp bits on salads, use nori sheets in roll-ups, etc.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

(10778)

on May 03, 2011
at 01:36 PM

Hooray for seaweed salad! (and soup)

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on June 09, 2011
at 01:06 AM

You can get packages of roasted seaweed sheets at Trader Joe's, we put them in our kids' lunches, and they are a delicious snack.

I think it is a good idea to intentionally have some iodine in a form like this every now and then if you're going to intentionally stay off of the beaten nutritional path. It wasn't that long ago (< 100 years) that goiter and thyroid deficiency due to low iodine was a common ailment. Iodine was added to table salt in 1924 which basically fixed that problem, but that only works if you eat conventional table salt regularly. I prefer high mineral salts (Celtic sea salt and Himalayan pink salt) which are not iodized.

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(19469)

on June 09, 2011
at 12:04 AM

Kelp supplements cost about $7 for a month's worth of capsules and have all the iodine you need.

Medium avatar

(19469)

on June 09, 2011
at 12:34 AM

It looks like prices might go up if the demand in Japan continues (http://www.compassnaturalmarketing.com/2011/03/16/kelp-and-the-fallout-zone-natural-foods-stores-in-western-usa-sold-out-of-radiation-fighting-supplements/) but in the meantime, the supplement that is available at my local health food store indicates 400% of ones daily RDA of iodine so your weight shouldn't be an issue.

98dc373408dcbb381b684fc569f3ea05

(0)

on June 09, 2011
at 12:12 AM

So if I fluctuate between 170-175 how many a day would yOu recommend?

Medium avatar

(19469)

on February 07, 2012
at 03:53 PM

There are lots of different brands, but most of them are standardized for a specific amount of iodine.

C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on February 06, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Are kelp tablets consistent in the amount of iodine they supply?

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 02, 2011
at 04:19 PM

Currently I have been adding 1/4 tsp. PWO of iodized salt sourced from France. I can detect physiological shifts(moods, energy, metabolism). I have also heard that sea salt tends to initiate the excretion of nutrients and was wondering if you might know about this? I believe the source was S.Fallon?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on May 02, 2011
at 05:18 PM

I believe the sodium load per serving(approx. 1/4) is 500 mg. which I would have immediately PWO with starchy carbs. Perhaps it is too much of a load? Everyday(as workouts are daily for me). I believe it is at certain amount that it is stored in the body causing hardening of the soft tissues and excretion of nutrients especially vitamin c; but I may be wrong as to quantity. It may be a qualitative issue?

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on May 02, 2011
at 04:38 PM

quarter teaspoon? I know its PWO, but how often say in one week is that? three times per week, daily, twice per week? Thanks.

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98dc373408dcbb381b684fc569f3ea05

on June 08, 2011
at 11:21 PM

So what the consensus? Is it needed or not? I'm starting to think thats the reason I can lose this little bit a fat I have left. My doctor recommended an iodine supplement because my thyroid level was a bit low

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535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

on May 03, 2011
at 04:44 AM

What does cordain suggest? After all he recommended NO salt?

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