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Health Importance of Iodized Salt

Health Importance of Iodized Salt

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On this Gandhi Jayanti, we are going to discuss the health benefits of Iodized salts. The journey of India’s freedom is full of inspiring and significant freedom movements. However, Dandi March is one of the most historic movements led by Bapu.

Mahatma Gandhi, the leader who guided the country towards Independence from the British rule which was over 250 years. Bapu’s contribution in the India’s freedom can’t be expressed in words. The Salt March was to indicate the protest against the high Salt Tax imposed by the British.

The Salt March became a significant movement which accelerated the path towards the Swaraj. The primary reason behind the effectiveness of the Salt March was:

  • Salt is a simple commodity which is easy to prepare. Thereupon, Indians from distinctive parts of the country can break the law easily.

  • Heavy taxes were levied on the salt, misusing the colonial power.

  • As the British administration wasn’t aware of the importance of salt which provided an initial advantage.

  • In the Indian Culture, salt is highly used for preparing foods. Uniting a big population for the movement was easy.

We Indians know the value of salt, but we don’t realize the importance of Iodized salt. Iodized salt is a special salt which has been laced with crucial mineral called iodine. Sodium, as well as iodine, can easily be found in most of the fruits and vegetables. However, the amount of iodine from the plants might not be enough as per the required amount. Therefore, iodized salt helps to accomplish a healthy iodine balance in the body.

More than 60% of iodine is stored in the thyroid gland of a human body. It plays a major role in the functioning of the thyroid gland as it secretes thyroid hormones which are responsible for the body metabolic rate. It helps in the best utilization of calories which prevents their storage as excess fat.

There are numerous of health benefits of iodized salt as the human body completely depends on this mineral to function properly.

  • Prevents Deficiency of Iodine: Iodine deficiency the insufficiency of iodine mineral in the human body. The thyroid gland enlarges in a bid to complete the body’s demand for thyroid hormone. This might result in severe health conditions such as hypothyroidism or development of goiter. The body also needs thyroid hormones for the proper development of bone and brain structure during the early development years of kids and pregnancy. If the lactating mother or expectant are iodine deficient, the child can be affected from mental retardation. An ample amount of iodized salt can rule out such deficiencies and fatal results.

  • Improved Thyroid Function: Our body requires iodine for the thyroid to generate important hormones such as triiodothyronine and thyroxine. These hormones regulate the development, growth, and metabolism of the body.

  • Healthy Pregnancies: Iodized salt in an adequate amount can help to prevent stillbirths and miscarriages. It also helps to avert cretinism which affects the mental and physical growth of a baby in the womb. Cretinism might affect the hearing, speech and other body movements.

  • Fights Depression: Depression and feelings of frustration, anxiety might be because of the iodine deficiency in the body. Iodized salt helps to make sure that your body is getting the required amount of iodine to prevent the occurring of the emotional feelings.

  • Weight Control: Iodine regulates the body metabolism. If your body has high iodine, then your body might not be able to gain healthy weight. If the iodine present in the body is low, you might gain weight and incompetent to lose weight.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): Iodized salt prohibits the harmful bacteria from multiplying in the intestines. It helps to put an end on numerous symptoms of IBS, such as fatigue, headache, and constipation.

  • Improved Appearance: Iodized salt helps to cure flaky and dry skin, improves the growth of your nails and hair. It also plays a major role in developing healthy teeth.

  • Removes Toxins: Iodized salt helps to discard harmful metals such as mercury, lead and other dangerous toxins from the human body. It also improves the PH level in the human body.

  • Heart Health: Iodized salt helps to generate the hormones which regulate the blood pressure and heart rate. It also burns the extra fat deposits which cause heart disease.

All the processed foods contain salt but remember this salt is not iodized. Therefore, it is your duty to take the required steps to make sure you and your family members are getting the correct amount of iodized salt.

Caution☠: Consumption of Iodine more than 2,000 mg (Which Is 1 Tsp)

can be fatal,

Particularly people suffering from tuberculosis or kidney disorders.

If taken in excess amount,

# it can lead to papillary thyroid cancer.


Nursing mothers and pregnant women should be careful about the iodine intake, and they should take it in a prescribed dose. Every individual body is distinctive and reacts differently to the dose.

If you are looking to lead a healthy life, without any disease than feel free to visit *North India’s No.1 Dietitian; Dt. SHREYA. Immediately contact 7307303835 to get a personalized diet or to book an appointment.

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