Iodine Deficiency is on the Rise - Are You Deficient?
by John Robbins
What is Iodine and why do you Need it?
Iodine is an important trace mineral and is naturally found in saltwater fish, seafood, kelp, seaweed, diary and grain products.
However, according to the The World Health Organization (WHO) iodine is the number one nutrient deficiency in the world with over 2 billion people being iodine deficient, and up to 50 million of them suffering from serious symptoms of iodine deficiency, such as brain damage.
Due to environmental pollutants which have robbed the soil of natural mineral levels, iodine deficiency is on the rise in the Western world. And this in turn, translates into poor iodine content in foods.
A severe deficiency can manifest in the development of goiter, which is the thyroid gland swelling up in an attempt to keep up the pace of iodine uptake from the blood and thyroid hormone production.
10 Common Signs you might be Iodine Deficient:
- Persistent swelling or soreness in the neck and throat
- Thyroid enlargement – sometimes called “goiter”
- Unexplained weight gain
- Autoimmune conditions
- “Brain fog” or Memory loss
- Mood disorders, such as anxiety or depression
- Cyst formations in the ovaries
- Uterine fibroids
- Complications in the prostate
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
3 quick tips you can start today to ensure you’re not iodine deficient:
1. Test Your Iodine Levels
You can do this on your own through a skin test or through an iodine loading test. The patch test should not be used to make a diagnosis, but it’s a quick way to check if you are deficient. Tincture of iodine is available at most drugstores. Buy one that has a yellowish color to it. Brush a small patch of iodine on your chest or forearm. Check how low it takes the body to absorb iodine. If it disappears within 6 hours, you are most likely you are deficient
2. Flush Out Toxins
Help your liver and kidney by detoxing and ridding yourself of heavy metals such as aluminum, fluoride, and chlorine in the body. Milk Thistle is a gentle yet powerful detoxifying herb that strengthens both the liver and the immune system. Or do a colon flush.
3. Increase Intake of Quality Iodine
Instead of table salt choose iodized salts. Eat foods high in iodine including quality fish, seafood, seaweed, kelp, cranberries, strawberries, and green, leafy vegetables. Take a highly biologically active supplement.
Benefits of Iodine:
- Prevents both hypo- and hyperthyroidism
- A major function is to program cell death of unhealthy cells, to protect against cancer and facilitate anti-aging.
- Activates hormone receptors and helps prevent certain forms of cancer.
- Iodine prevents fibrocystic breast disease.
- In both women and laboratory animal studies, there is a relationship between low iodine and increased fibrocystic breast disease
- Supports pregnancy when the fetus undergoes apoptosis
- Decreases insulin needs in diabetics.
Brownstein’s work found that iodine helps decrease insulin needs in diabetics
- Helps support protein synthesis.
- Destroys pathogens, molds, fungi, parasites, and malaria.
- Eliminates toxic halogens from the body, including radioactive I-131.
- Regulates estrogen production in the ovaries, especially important during and after menopause
- Helps prevent heart disease
- Some protection against microwave radiation from cell phones and smart meters
Choosing the right iodine for supplementation becomes very important to assure yourself of getting the optimal results. Eat nutrient-dense foods as well as take a good supplement.
We highly recommend taking 5 drops per day in 4oz of water or other liquid. Increase one drop every two weeks until reaching 10 drops per day.
As a result of having many health challenges as a child, going from doctor to doctor with limited resolution to the problems, he spent years tying to find any way to get healthy. It was only the pursuit of nutrition did he get satisfactory resolution.
Today he is a Nutrition Scientist, a certified nutritional therapist (CNT) with a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry . He also is an expert on Electromagnetic Frequency testing and remediation. John is dedicated to bringing you the best nutrition formulas based on science.
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