Why do women need Iodine when pregnant or when they’re trying to get pregnant?
Iodine supports the production of hormones inside your thyroid gland. These hormones are used by all your cells to control your metabolism and create cellular energy. Think of thyroid hormones like an energy thermostat: they help make sure that your metabolism is not too fast or too slow based on your body’s needs. When you’re pregnant, both your body and your baby’s body need Iodine to fuel rapid cell growth. That’s a double-whammy demand, which is why you need almost 50% more Iodine during pregnancy (from 150 to 220 mcg per day).
What does Iodine do for the baby's development?
Babies need to grow really fast when in utero, which is why they require a lot of cellular energy. Your baby’s body controls its own growth (so as not to interfere with your metabolism), which means it uses its own thyroid hormones--not yours. Because its thyroid needs to make its own hormones, your baby needs its own supply of Iodine from your bloodstream. As the baby grows at a faster rate with each month of pregnancy, its Iodine requirements also increase. Getting enough Iodine helps your baby maintain the thyroid hormone signals that support normal growth and development--especially for the nervous system and brain.
What happens if you don’t get enough Iodine?
When you don’t get enough Iodine, your thyroid hormone production can decrease, leading to an energy shortage throughout the body. This may make you feel tired, sluggish and sleepy. It can also give you a feeling of brain fog and make you lose your appetite.
Why did Ritual choose potassium Iodide over other forms of Iodine?
We prefer potassium iodide over other forms of Iodine because it’s pure, it’s easy for your body to absorb, and it plays nice with other ingredients inside our capsule. Plus, it’s backed by the most use, history, and research of other Iodine forms. It’s vegan-friendly and, because it’s made in a lab, we don’t have to worry about GMO contamination or non-organic cultivation concerns.*