If you are following the SCD and using salt that contains no iodine, it is essential that you are getting your daily allowance of iodine from other food sources. Iodine is an essential trace mineral that’s crucial in the functioning of the thyroid gland, an organ that stores the minerals needed for the synthesis of our thyroid hormones which control much of our metabolism, detoxification, growth and development.
Research has shown that a lack of iodine foods in the diet may lead to the enlargement of the thyroid gland, lethargy, fatigue, weakness of the immune system, slow metabolism, autism, weight gain and possibly even mental states such as anxiety and depression.
The good news is that there are many popular SCD legal foods with iodine, all of which are easy to incorporate into your daily diet.
The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for iodine is 150 micrograms daily for everybody over the age of 14. The RDA for children ages 1-8 is 90/mcg every day, ages 9-13 is 120/mcg every day. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended that you get 290/mcg every day.
Be sure to incorporate the following top foods with iodine:
1. Cranberries (organic if possible)
This antioxidant rich fruit is another great source of iodine. About 4 ounces of cranberries contain approximately 400/mcg of iodine. I would recommend enjoying fresh organic berries baked in nut breads and in salads when they are in season. Cranberries can also be frozen and available to you all year long.
2. Yogurt (organic if possible)
The homemade SCD yogurt is an excellent iodine food you should add to your diet. One serving holds more than half of your daily needs. 1 cup contains approximately 90/mcg of iodine. “A cup of SCD yogurt a day keeps the doc away?” J
3. Navy Beans (organic if possible)
Many beans are a great food source of iodine, but navy beans may top the list. Just 1/2 cup of these beans contain about 32/mcg of iodine. Beans aren’t just an iodine food, they are also incredibly high in fiber. Be sure to soak them in water 12 hours, draining the water off about three times, and then cook well to make them more digestible.
4. Strawberries (organic if possible)
This tasty red fruit packs up to 10% of our daily iodine needs in a single serving. 1 cup of fresh strawberries has approximately 13/mcg of iodine. Try buying fresh, organic strawberries from your local farmer’s market and always wash really well.
5. Himalayan Crystal Salt
This form of salt, also known as gray salt, is an excellent source of naturally-occuring iodine. While many types of table salt are iodine-enriched, they are also stripped of all their natural health properties, and are chemically processed. Just one gram of Himalayan salt contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine.
6. Dairy products
Milk and cheese are good sources of iodine, with one cup of milk holding around 55/mcg. To avoid many of the negative effects of dairy products, I personally recommend opting for raw organic cow’s milk for making SCD yogurt, and raw organic cheese. Raw organic goat’s milk and goat’s cheese are an even healthier source of iodine.
SCD adapted from: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/iodine-foods/