Ladies, it’s not normal to get sore boobs every month! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For some women, this can be for 3 weeks out of 4! There can be a few causes for this, and we want to highlight one specifically… ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s… IODINE DEFICIENCY! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Iodine deficiency is associated with fibrocystic breast disease, which affects at least 50% of women of child-bearing age. Here’s the good news! This can be effectively prevented (and treated!) with iodine supplementation. Iodine is a mineral essential for thyroid function (and therefore mental health), healthy development and maintenance of breast tissue, as well as breastfeeding and pregnancy. Iodine can help with painful breasts and PMS related mood changes as well as preventing ovarian cysts and fibroids. It has been shown to have a protective role in breast cancer too! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How come New Zealanders are so deficient? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is because New Zealand soils are low in iodine which means our foods produced have low levels. Iodine levels in food are also affected by irrigation, fertilisers and cooking. Before the 1970s, Iodophores were the main source of iodine in milk but due to dairy industry practice changes, this has reduced. It’s also less common to use iodised salt which may be due in part to our heart healthy messages of salt reduction. Studies show that across most age groups in New Zealand, mild to moderate deficiencies in iodine are persisting! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Seaweed, seafood, fish, dairy products, commercially made breads, eggs and iodised salt contain iodine. That means vegans, vegetarians and people avoiding eating bread (we’re looking at you, keto diet ) are at a higher risk for a deficiency. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you experience this too? Have you been recommended iodine before for this? Let us know below ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P.S. make sure a health professional has recommended iodine supplementation as too much can harm your thyroid!
I'm the clinic director at Flourish Health Emporium. I empower women to discover the root causes of their period problems and take control of their hormones, connect with their cycles and optimise their health.