Iodine is an essential element for your health.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

Getting enough iodine is important. Without iodine, the thyroid gland is not able to produce thyroid hormone.

Thyroid hormones affect various parts of the body. It is essential to your metabolism. Your metabolism affects your body's temperature, your heartbeat, your motility and how well you burn calories. If you don't have enough thyroid hormone all of your body processes slow down. That means your body makes less energy, and your metabolism becomes sluggish.

When you don't have enough iodine, you develop hypothyroidism. This refers to a deficiency in thyroid hormones. The thyroid is unable to produce enough thyroxine and levothyroxine in this case.

When this happens, weight gain is sure to follow. The weight gain may lead to obesity which opens the door for other health problems to develop.

Fruits and vegetables that have iodine include, Beets, Cranberries, Strawberries. Adding Cranberry Crush, BlueBerry Blast or Strawberry Field Beet Food Nutritional Therapy Blends To Your Daily Diet Can Help Build Your Iodine Which Will Help Your Thyroid Health.