As it is not produced by the body, iodine is an essential micronutrient that must be obtained from the diet. Iodine-rich foods include cranberries, seaweed, turkey, yogurt and baked potatoes. Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormone, and any deficiency can lead to health problems that range from enlargement of the thyroid gland, known as goiter, to everyday fatigue to hypothyroidism.
Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can cause a range of symptoms in infants such as decline in cognitive functioning. While iodine supplements can help to stave off deficiency, ingesting natural sources each day as part of a healthy diet provides the best way to maintain optimal iodine levels.
Included in Dr. Brownstein's comprehensive study of iodine and its effects on health are:
A family physician by training, Dr. Brownstein's wealth of experience led him to incorporate holistic methods of healing and maintaining health in his everyday medical practice. He is the director of the Center for Holistic Medicine located in West Bloomfield, Michigan. A graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine and a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Brownstein is the author of a number books on nutritional health.