Iodine Global Network X Sand & Salt

Sand & Salt has partnered up with the Iodine Global Network (IGN), to tackle the problem of iodine deficiency. As a non-profit, non-government organization working for the sustainable elimination of iodine deficiency worldwide, Sand & Salt is proud to support the IGN in its endeavours.

Through contributions from Sand & Salt to the IGN’s salt program, the purchase of one pair of Sand & Salt’s swim shorts will help protect at least 250 individuals for one year against iodine deficiency through contributions from Sand & Salt to the IGN’s salt iodization support program.

Why is Iodine Deficiency a Problem?

Iodine is a natural chemical element which is an essential component of the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Through the thyroid hormones, iodine is responsible for a child’s brain development during pregnancy. Severe iodine deficiency during pregnancy could reduce a child’s IQ by as much as 10-15 points. Lower IQ leads to poor school performance, lower achievements, and worse economic prospects later in life.

Where does the problem exist?

Iodine occurs in fairly constant amounts in seawater, but its distribution over land is uneven. In many regions across the world, particularly in the mountains or in areas that are frequently flooded, iodine may be lacking in the environment. In these regions, people often don’t consume enough iodine in their diets to meet their daily needs.

How do we stop it?

The Iodine Global Network works to support salt iodization – a safe, scalable, sustainable, and cost-effective way of improving iodine nutrition. According to the World Bank and the Copenhagen Consensus, probably no other technology offers as large an opportunity to improve lives at such low cost and in such a short time. By making sure iodized salt reaches the areas of concern, the lives of a future generation can improve.

As there is no outright cure, iodine deficiency needs our constant attention to ensure that it is kept in check.

Every grain counts.