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.
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
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.
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:
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.