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We all need iodine. We don’t need much – but being low on it can lead to problems, especially in young children. For example if unborn babies and infants don’t get enough iodine, their brains may not develop properly.

Iodine deficiency may also cause thyroid diseases such as goitre, where the thyroid gland in the neck swells up.This condition Was common in the past, until people started using iodised salt. However, now they’re on the rise again and this is why store-bought bread now has iodine added to it.

Because New Zealand’s soil is naturally low in iodine so are many of our foods and our normal diet doesn’t give us all the iodine we need. Symptoms that your thyroid is not performing the way it should may possibly be, changes in the menstrual cycle, constipation, depression, dry hair and hair loss, dry skin, fatigue, greater sensitivity to cold, slow heart rate, swelling of the thyroid gland (goiter) and unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight. 
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