Got a shock when I looked at the updated iodized salt container. It seems that 1/4 tsp of salt provides all the sodium we need to function, but we need twice that much salt to get the iodine (150mcg) if we don't eat sea food or another source of iodine.
A lot of us have greatly reduced our intake of salt or cut it out altogether. Commercial foods do not use iodized salt so while we may be getting enough sodium from the salt they do use & from other foods, we fall short on the iodine.
My son found that info when he researched iodine & the body.
Why is iodine important? Our thyroid gland can't function without it. Plain & simple!!! It may enlarge & raise our b/p by making us hypothyroid (not enough thyroid hormone). BTW too much hormone can increase our b/p as well.
My daughter was recently diagnosised with thyroid cancer. While researching T. cancer, I found out that not enough iodine is listed as one of the possible causes.
In case you don't know, you need to have some salt in your diet when you are on a diuretic to prevent your blood from getting too low in sodium.
I don't know about you but I am getting weighed down with all the do's & don'ts. On the other hand, my meds are working so I don't want to end up in the ER because of something I did or didn't do.