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Iodine: The Critical Nutrient Nobody Talks About

Do you remember iodized salt?

You may not have even noticed that your salt had changed, but it did.

Some of the Benefits of Iodine

Iodine is one of the most overlooked important nutrients in the world. Consider just a few of the critical benefits it provides:

  • As far back as the 1920s, iodine was used for fighting bacterial infections, healing stomach disorders, boosting energy, and treating joint pain and stiffness.
  • Later research demonstrated the importance of iodine for the glands of your endocrine system, especially the adrenal, thyroid, pituitary, and the reproductive glands. Iodine is critical for the production of hormones.
  • It is a key part of the production and maintenance of healthy cells and triggers the death of cancer cells.
  • It enables the thyroid gland to balance your metabolism. If you are overweight, constantly fatigued and constantly craving sweets, the problem may be iodine deficiency.
  • Losing your hair? Dry skin? Low sex drive? Check your iodine.
  • Iodine deficiency is a root cause of cysts of the ovaries, breasts, and prostate, and may be a cause of birth defects of the brain and pituitary gland, which regulates growth.
  • Iodine has been found to be helpful in the treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and menopause.
  • There are also reports that iodine provides a level of cellular defense against electromagnetic radiation (your cell phone, wifi, microwave, and other devices that are quietly cooking you, etc.).

NOTE: If you’re still using a microwave oven to do anything, slap yourself as hard as you can on the back of the head, and then carry your microwave out to the trash, where it belongs. You will be amazed at how much healthier you feel.

As time goes on, we keep finding new benefits of iodine, but no-one talks about it. Why do you suppose that is?

Why Don’t We Talk About It?

Sometime back in the 1960s, the medical community decided that iodine was harmful for you, although it’s hard to find any research that actually backs up that claim. They advised salt and bread manufacturers to eliminate iodine from their products. In bread, it was replaced with bromide, which is highly toxic. In many developed nations, bromide is outlawed from the food supply.

You can draw your own conclusions about the financial motivations for removing such an important mineral from our food supply. My point here is to show you where to get it.

Where To Get It

At one time, you could get a small percentage of your daily iodine requirement from milk, but poor land management has washed most of the nutrients out of our soil, along with magnesium, phosphate, iron, and other key nutrients. The same is true for soybeans. The Japanese have a process of fermentation which keeps the iodine intact in their soy products, but soy products in America are almost 100% genetically modified – to the point of being toxic.

The one place where trace iodine is still in pretty good supply is in the ocean. Seaweed, freshwater algae, and kelp are excellent sources of iodine, although they are not always easy to come by (I see them at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s from time to time). Spirulina and chlorella supplements are a little more accessible, as are iodine capsules.

I cannot overstate the importance of getting iodine into your system, and I’m sorry I haven’t addressed it before.

Dr. Joseph Mercola has some excellent research on increasing your iodine levels naturally:

  1. Eat organic as often as possible. Wash all produce thoroughly to minimize your pesticide exposure.

  2. Avoid eating or drinking from (or storing food and water in) plastic containers. Use glass and safe ceramic vessels.

  3. Look for organic whole-grain breads and flour. Grind you own grain, if possible. Look for the “no bromine” or “bromine-free” label on commercial baked goods.

  4. Avoid sodas. Drink natural, filtered water instead.

  5. If you own a hot tub, look into an ozone purification system. Such systems make it possible to keep the water clean with minimal chemical treatments.

  6. Look for personal care products that aren’t laced with toxic chemicals. Remember — anything going on you, goes in you.

  7. When in a car or a building, open windows as often as possible, preferably on opposing sides of the space for cross ventilation. Utilize fans to circulate the air. Chemical pollutants are in much higher concentrations inside buildings (and cars) than outside.

It doesn’t take much iodine to get your body on track – 1.5 mg is 1,000% of the daily recommended intake (DRI). This is one mineral you don’t want to overdo (overcharging your thyroid can create a chain of other issues), but 99% of us can safely take a 1mg or 1.5mg tablet daily. You probably won’t feel a difference in your overall wellness from taking it, but this is one of those nutrients that helps to keep you feeling young, energetic, and flexible while your neighbors feel and look old. Consistency and longevity are the keys to benefitting from iodine.

Iodine is not a hot topic on most nutrition blogs, and your doctor probably learned in medical school not to talk about it, so most people don’t know anything about it. Take a few seconds to help us get the word out by sharing this article online. It might be the answer to someone’s question.

If you live in the Naples area, I invite you to visit my office behind the YMCA on Pine Ridge Road near Airport-Pulling Road. It would be an honor to meet you. We have some pretty exciting things planned for this fall. I can’t wait to tell you about them.

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