Iodine is a component that you must’ve heard or studied about back in the day. But, unlike vitamins and minerals, iodine is always ignored and forgotten about. We never consciously think that “Oh, I need to get my daily dose of iodine”, like we do for vitamins. But guess what? You should! Iodine is an essential compound that controls the functioning of the thyroid gland. It is responsible for our metabolic processes and the smooth functioning of our immune system. Even when it comes to skin, iodine is essential.
Iodine and skin…
 

Iodine and skin…

Iodine encourages detoxification in our bodies, thus preventing chemicals like chlorine etc. from harming the thyroid functionality. Iodine deficiency can have adverse effects on our bodies and skin.

Apart from regulating skin’s moisture levels, iodine also aids healing of scars, cuts etc. Basically, it helps in skin repair. It helps in regeneration of the lower layers of your skin by triggering cellular function. This results into complete rejuvenation of your skin and hair and nails! Iodine also helps regulate the hormones that are responsible for acne breakouts.

Now that you know the numerous benefits of iodine for healthy skin, here are a few ways you can get your daily intake…

Consuming foods rich in iodine will prevent iodine deficiency, which is extremely common and often ignored. We recommend eating foods that have iodine as a naturally occurring substance as opposed to taking supplements; you can do so only when an expert asks you to. Consult with your physician / skin expert as to how much of iodine is essential for your daily intake and incorporate foods rich in iodine in your diet. Here are some foods that contain iodine…

Cranberries
 

Cranberries

Apart from being power packed with antioxidants, cranberries are a great source of iodine. Opt for organic, fresh cranberries! And no, don’t opt for packaged juice that is full of sugar!

Dairy/ yogurt/ eggs
 

Dairy/ yogurt/ eggs

There’s been a lot of conjecture recently about whether or not dairy is ideal for consumption. But one thing that’s certain is that dairy, yogurt and eggs are rich sources of iodine and anyone with a deficiency should incorporate at least one of them into their routines.

Seaweed
 

Seaweed

Rejoice, sushi lovers! The delicious maki roll that you’re probably snacking on right now is giving you some serious dose of iodine. No wonder Japanese women have such great skin! All thanks to the seaweed they’re eating.

Baked potatoes
 

Baked potatoes

If you’re a potato lover (who isn’t), then make a little switch in your diet and go from eating fried potatoes to baked potatoes (with skin) as they’re rich sources of iodine!

Iodized salt
 

Iodized salt

Opt for iodized salt over regular salt if your diet doesn’t contain foods that are rich in iodine. If you’re already eating iodine-rich foods, this can be skipped. You can also try sea salt, which contains small amounts of iodine!

Iodine is not just a boon to your skin but supports your entire body’s well-being by regulating the thyroid and your body’s metabolism. So, we suggest you get checked for its deficiency ASAP!