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The Wonders of Iodine

Iodine is nothing new but I only recently discovered it myself. Since then I have been busy scouring the Internet for articles and videos constantly because it continues to intrigue me day-in and day-out. If you only read this far…please start supplementing with iodine! Message me for how much because there is a somewhat meticulous loading phase that must take place to prevent what is known as an ‘unhappy cleanse’.   Furthermore…I am not a Dr., nor do I play one on television! So, do some research and talk to your physician about iodine. When you find out that they know nothing about iodine, fire them and find one that DOES! Moving on…

First off, iodine is extremely important to the human body, and plays a massive role in growth and development. All cells in the human body need and use iodine. Iodine is supremely important to our well-being. Iodine is found in high quantities in the ocean. Seaweed has one of the highest concentrations where we find it. Anyone have any seaweed today? Blue-green, red and brown algae (seaweed) have high amounts of iodine naturally. I haven’t had any seaweed since I last ate sushi (red algae). There is no doubt that we need iodine supplementation to make sure we get enough of this life-giving essential element unless we live in Japan. The Japanese eat enough seaweed daily to acquire 50-200mg of iodine!  It is said that 60% (or more) of us Americans are probably deficient.

Iodine can be used to detoxify our bodies of harmful metals like mercury, nickel and aluminum. It is also useful in cleansing toxic halides like chlorine, fluoride and bromine. These toxins are all over the place and come from unavoidable sources like shower and bath water, drinking water, toothpaste, bread and even float in the air. Bromine is in soda, pasta, vegetable oils, bread, and flour. “The thyroid gland becomes toxic from bromine and/or fluoride. When you couple that with iodine deficiency you can start an oxidative problem on the thyroid gland. The body starts putting out antibodies to put out that fire. The antibodies are a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s Disease,” says Dr. David Brownstein, MD, and author of 20 books including Overcoming Thyroid Disorders.  He is a Board-Certified family physician and is one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine.

Our thyroid glands keep our hormones regulated (to say the absolute least). The thyroid depends on iodine to do so (more about this @ bottom of page). It is used in the process for the production of the thyroid hormone which in-turn regulates hormone output. Our thyroid can hold as much as 50mg of iodine. The allowance being around 150 mcg’s per day (micro grams)! I think it is more than safe to say that we could start supplementing at 1000mcg doses and be pretty safe. I’m surprised we don’t have a lot more thyroid issues across America. But then again we’ve got plenty of problems.

Iodine plays such an important role in our thyroid health. When a lack of it occurs it is unreal the broad range of problems that can occur. Here are a few:

  1. Hypothyroidism (underactive)
  2. Ovulation stoppage
  3. Infertility
  4. Thyroid cancer
  5. Graves Disease
  6. Cretinism
  7. Adrenal fatigue & failure

Other interesting iodine facts and uses include:

  • Iodine deficiency is the number 1 factor that leads to baby retardation worldwide. It is extremely important that a pregnant woman get at least triple the recommended allowance (4-500mcg’s). I would personally recommend about 500x the amount!
  • Iodine is used in treating fibrocystic breast disease. I have read reports of women becoming non-fibrocystic within as little as three weeks after starting iodine supplementation.
  • It’s been used in preventing and treating breast, prostate, ovarian, uterine and thyroid cancer.
  • Iodine can stop migraines!
  • It is also used to cure eye disease, diabetes, stroke, and even heart disease.

Iodine is in the halogen family with bromine, chlorine, and fluorine.

Zinc has a few cofactors that you need to make sure you are up on. The main one is Selenium. Selenium is another strong antioxidant for the thyroid gland that can help make the detox less of a reaction. When we first use iodine it is such a detoxifier that you can get sick if you take too much too quickly. Especially if you have been exposed to a lot of heavy metals. So secondly and thirdly, you need to take a good bio available source of Vitamin C and a quality Vitamin B Complex as well. Get going friends!

From Wikipedia:

The thyroid hormones (TH) act on nearly every cell in the body. They act to increase the basal metabolic rate (BMR), affect protein synthesis, help regulate bone growth (synergy with growth hormone) and neural maturation, and increase the body’s sensitivity to catecholamine’s (such as adrenaline) by permissiveness. The thyroid hormones are essential to proper development and differentiation of all cells of the human body. These hormones also regulate proteinfat, and carbohydrate metabolism, affecting how human cells use energetic compounds. They also stimulate vitamin metabolism. Numerous physiological and pathological stimuli influence thyroid hormone synthesis.

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