by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
It is not an understatement to say our existence, and the quality of our lives depends on having adequate iodine levels. In
spite of this, mainstream medicine generally ignores the importance of this element. The following fifteen facts will reveal not only how important iodine is, but how much better your life can be with balanced levels of this life-giving element.
Without iodine, the thyroid under-produces these hormones leading to hypothyroidism and other metabolic disorders
2. Iodized Salt Is Not a Good Source of Iodine
Most table salt has been iodized to eliminate iodine deficiency. Unfortunately, the process of manufacturing this salt can
include adding artificial versions of iodine and other chemicals, making it anything but healthy. Plus, to make it white, most
table salt is bleached. Dietary iodine can be found in better sources. As far as salt goes, I recommend going with Himalayan
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3. Iodine Deficiency Remains a Concern
Much of the world continues to suffer from iodine deficiency. While many developing countries lack adequate dietary
iodine, many western countries suffer iodine deficiency from
diets based on processed foods. These foods introduce toxins
which disrupt absorption of dietary iodine. This issue afflicts
women more often than men.
4. Iodine Deficiency and Breast Cancer Have Been Linked
Although breast cancer has a number of causes and taking an
iodine supplement is not a cancer-preventative, studies have
shown a correlation between breast cancer and thyroid disorders. Both the thyroid and breast require iodine to function properly. It is noted in countries with a documented
consumption of iodine-rich foods that both issues occur less
frequently in women.
6. ‘Iodine Allergies’ Are Not Caused by Iodine
While many doctors mistakenly refer to iodine allergies, rest
assured no one has exhibited an allergy to this vital nutrient.
Most allergies attributed to iodine result from an allergic
response to iodine-based radio-contrast media used to sharpen
images from x-rays or CT scans. Studies have found the
reactions resulted from molecules in the contrast media, not
iodine. It is worth noting that while mild symptoms may be the usual response, anaphylactic response and death have occurred. Those ‘iodine allergies’ associated with seafood occur as
reactions to proteins in the seafood, not as a reaction to iodine.
7. Iodine Helps Fight Harmful Organisms
Iodine has been used for centuries as a means to address
harmful organisms. To this day, it is believed to support the
body’s response against most varieties. Many hospitals use
gallons of iodine daily to maintain a sterile environment.
8. Iodine Protects the Thyroid from Radiation
During a nuclear event, radiation in the form of Iodine-131 can be released into the air. Exposure to this radioactive iodine can result in thyroid damage and hypothyroidism. The only way
to protect the thyroid is to take iodine (atomic iodine is best) to flood the thyroid with a healthy, stable iodine. This prevents
absorption of the radioactive iodine by the thyroid.
9. Pregnancy Exacerbates Iodine Deficiency
Women during pregnancy require higher amounts of iodine to meet their need and the need of the developing fetus. Pregnant women suffering from mild iodine deficiency have been shown to develop more severe deficiencies. If not properly addressed, the thyroid imbalance and hypothyroidism can become a
chronic concern even post-partum.
10. Adequate Iodine Prevents Goitrogenic Effects
Goitrogens inhibit hormone creation by the thyroid. These compounds can lead to goiter and hypothyroidism. Iodine therapy has been recommended and used to address the complications created by these compounds and help the body speed their removal.[10, 11]
11. Inadequate Iodine Leads to Slowed Development
Health authorities discovered years ago that iodine deficiency,
especially during fetal growth, led to mental retardation and
cretinism. Dietary supplementation with iodine after birth and
during childhood has been shown not to counteract the result
of iodine deficiency while in utero.Maintaining appropriate
iodine levels during pregnancy (and supplementing when
appropriate) is one of the best ways to support proper neural
13. Iodine Encourages Detoxification
Healthy levels of iodine prevent toxic chemicals such as
fluorine, chlorine, and bromine from interfering with thyroid function. Exposure to these chemicals occurs daily as they can be found in food, water, and household chemicals. According to renowned iodine expert Dr. Brownstein, iodine
supplementation does not allow these chemical toxins to
accumulate in the body. This allows the body to pass these
toxins out of the system.
14. Rejuvenates Skin From the Inside Out!
Iodine promotes healthy skin, nails, and hair. It stimulates
cellular function resulting in the regeneration of the lower layers of these cells. By rejuvenating the skin from the inside out—so to speak—iodine encourages smooth skin, hair color, and strong nails.
to break it down into its components (which requires energy
and by-products) before it can be used. Atomic iodine delivers
the body a serving of iodine in the atomic form – the same form the thyroid uses for hormone creation. This highly bioavailable form of iodine allows the body to maximize the iodine
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