Traditionally, iodine has been known as an element necessary for thyroid hormone production. Most people think this is the sole purpose of iodine. You may be surprised to find that iodine is found in each of the trillions of cells in your body. Without adequate iodine supply, life itself would not be possible.
Iodine is not only a key player in thyroid hormone production but it is also responsible for production of all of the other hormones in the body. It also exhibits potent antibacterial, antiparasitic, antiviral, and anticancer properties which gives iodine a key role in the immune system. Iodine is an important factor is alleviating fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts. Other disorders that may have an iodine deficient component: ADD/ADHD, atherosclerosis, breast diseases, excess mucous production, fatigue, goiter, hemorrhoids, headaches and migraines, hypertension, infections, keloids, liver diseases, nephritic syndrome, ovarian disease, prostate disorders and vaginal infections.
The World Health Organization estimates approximately 1.5 billion people (about 1/3 of the Earth’s population) live in an area of iodine deficiency. Iodine is primarily found in seawater in very small amounts. It can also be found in sea organisms such as seaweed which is one of the most abundant sources.
Most are concerned about iodine overdose. This can be a problem but is extremely rare. Definitely not worth the iodine phobia as expounded in main stream medicine. Excess iodine in doses greater than 1 gram per day has been associated with hyperthyroid symptoms. Iodized salt is the typical source of iodine for most people. In our salt phobic society, the potential for iodine deficiency weighs more heavily than any possibility for iodine overdose.
How much do you need? We do not recommend anyone supplement iodine on their own. Best results are found when working with a holistic healthcare professional that will test to determine your status. In addition, you are not deficient in just one mineral. Work must be done to balance any other nutrient deficiencies and/or lifestyle habits contributing to those deficiencies.
Think you might be iodine deficient? Incorporate iodized sea salt into your diet. Sea salt contains half the sodium of regular table salt. For further help, set up a nutritional consultation with one of our experts. Testing is the only way to know exactly what you need to supplement and the dose that’s appropriate for you.
Are you taking a lot of supplements already? How do you know you need them or if the dose is right for you? We can help you with that. Set up a consult today to get you on the road to better health!