Iodine levels can be assessed by a simple skin absorption test. Iodine is an essential mineral for thyroid function.
It is deficient in our food supply and this is why it is supplemented in salt however this is still generally not enough.
Iodine is the 62nd most abundant element on earth and can rarely be found in its free form.
The human body depends on Iodine for many of its vital functions. In humans, it is the main component of the thyroid hormone produced by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland is situated in the neck and ranks third in size as compared to other organs in humans. The thyroid gland regulates many important functions which include the body’s sensitivity to other hormones. It also regulates the body’s energy consumption level and dictates how proteins are produced. Iodine is an indispensable component of the two hormones Thyroxin and Triiodothyronine produced by the Thyroid gland. These hormones regulate the rate of metabolism of the body and influence how other body systems grow and function.
Many women are now testing iodine deficient due to the abstinence from iodised salt in order to protect cardiac health.