Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Do I need an iodine supplement?

Iodine is an important element in the body.  It helps with the function of many of the glands in the body that produce hormone that control our body's metabolism.
The most well known gland that uses iodine is the thyroid gland.  

Hyper and Hypo thyroid symptoms

If the thyroid gland is hyper active, then you may have these symptoms:
  • Hot flushes, sweating
  • Trembling
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Hair loss
  • Nervousness, hyperactivity
  • Emotional instability and irritableness or fatigue
  • Insomnia and restlessness
  • Potency problems
  • Racing heart
If the gland is under active (hypo), then you may have these symptoms:
  • General loss of energy and power
  • Slowed metabolism
  • Overweight
  • Tiredness
  • Difficulties to concentrate or mental slowness
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to cold
  • Slow pulse
  • Waxy skin thickening and swelling (myxedema)
  • Dry skin
  • Deep, hoarse voice
  • Brittle, dry hair
  • Loss of sexual desire or potency problems
  • Sometimes even depression

    Other organs

    Not only does the thyroid require iodine to produce the thyroid hormones, but these other glands and organs also need iodine. 

So where do we get iodine? 

Here are 7 foods rich in iodine:
  1. Sea Vegetables (like seaweed)
  2. Cranberries
  3. Organic Yogurt
  4. Organic Navy Beans
  5. Organic strawberries
  6. Himalayan Crystal Salt
  7. Potatoes

Too little iodine or too many halogens?

People in many countries, including ours, suffer from what appears to be a lack of iodine in our diets.
In the 1920s many people in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes Regions suffered from goiters.  The Morton Salt company started distributing iodized salt nationally.

What doctors are now seeing is an increase in halogens in the body.  

Iodine is a halogen, but so is fluorine, chlorine and bromine.  Too much of these elements will block our body's access to iodine.  So, even though you may have plenty of iodine, you are not able to absorb it correctly.  Your thyroid and other glands absorb these other halogens and you are not able to absorb the iodine that you need. 
Other chemicals that can be blocking absorption of iodine are mercury, amiodarone and lithium and a deficiency in tyrosine, selenium and zinc,

Currently, bromide is found in pesticides (methyl bromide),  some bread products (potassium bromate), brominated vegetable oil that may be added to citrus-flavored drinks, hot tub cleansers, certain asthma inhalers and prescription drugs, plastic products, some personal care products, and some fabric dyes.

So before you start supplements, start with your doctor and get your levels checked.

In the book, The Hypothyroid Diet by Kevin Dobrzynski, DN, it is proposed that we are getting enough iodine in our diets, but the receptors are being blocked by the bromine, chlorine, fluorine and astatine that we are ingesting.  These halides are blocking our absorption of iodine.  So, first we need to reduce the halogens and eat iodine rich foods like fish, seaweed, vegetables and eggs.  There is also iodine in yogurt, condensed milk and cheddar cheese.  We can reduce the halides with good water filtration.

Then after 6 months hormone production is still slow, you may want to look into a natural supplement like Good Herbs Cell Salts.   It is made of Arrow Root, Bladderwrac*, Irish Moss, Kelp (Atlantic)  Purified Water, 27% Whole Grain Alcohol.

1 comment:

Betty Sue said...

Hi Janet. Great article. You are such a professional woman and we are all lucky to have you in our midst.
We will be starting another rosemary gladstar class in May; we would love to have you join us and become an herbalist, too.
I'm worried about our sea weed now! have a great Thanksgiving!

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