Ask Mira : Eating Right to Live Happy & Healthy

I am sure a lot of you do not know what exactly iodized salt is, other than that it is supposed to be a healthier version of regular salt.

Personally, I use it at home. It has the same taste as regular salt, but, as said before, it is much healthier.

Iodized salt is simply salt that has been fortified with the trace mineral Iodine. Iodine can actually be found in food, mainly in seafood but the amount we take in from food is not enough. Therefore, iodized salt should be used to help maintain a healthy balance of iodine in the body.

Iodine is essential for the thyroid to produce a couple of essential hormones called thyroxine and triiodothyronine. These hormones help regulate the metabolism, the growth and development of the body.

A lack of Iodine, could lead to slower metabolism and thyroid problems, which result in weight gain

Iodine also has the potential to remove harmful metals such as lead, mercury and other harmful toxins from the body, as well as clean our digestive system.

Iodine helps restore a healthy pH level in the blood that is needed for normal metabolic functions.

Iodized salt can also improve the functions of the brain, such as memory, concentration, performance and the ability to learn, especially for kids.

Unlike normal salt, iodized salt also helps regulate our heart rate and blood pressure. While it cannot lower blood pressure, it is still a better option for hypertensive people.

Basically iodine is good for weight loss, for thyroid problems, for a healthy pregnancy, for healthy brain functions, for heart health and for ridding the body of harmful toxins.

Everyone is advised to use iodized salt, even if you are eating a healthy, balanced, varied diet, simply because you are probably not getting enough of iodine on a daily basis.


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