NHS31: Could You Be Iodine Deficient?27.02.2013
by Life Enthusiast Staff
Iodine Deficiency is Common and Terribly Harmful!
Extended iodine deficiency contributes heavily to our recent epidemic cancers of breasts, ovaries, and prostates.
The main function of iodine in your body is to balance you endocrine system (especially the thyroid gland), resulting in greater ability to manage your emotional states. This is more obvious in women because of different hormonal dynamics.
Iodine's secondary function is to regulate reproductive organs: ovaries and breasts in women... prostate in men.
Adequate iodine intake will also result in much-improved muscular coordination, flexibility and strength, plus improved vision as the eye muscles loose their unwanted calcium that causes hardening and stiffness.
Iodine supplementation can also induce long term remission of Multiple Sclerosis (MS), especially when used in the EssenceSea ReMineralization Program.
Your Body Produces NO Iodine - You Must Supplement
No organ other than your thyroid can store significant quantities of iodine.
In some areas of the US, including mountain regions, the Mississippi River Valley, the Ohio River Valley, and the Great Lakes regions, the soil has always had a very low iodine content. But even in other areas of once iodine-rich soil, industrial farming has depleted this iodine.
We cannot get adequate iodine from the food we consume. To compensate for this, iodine used to be added to salt, bread, and milk. Bread and milk were dropped from the list, and the amount of iodine added to salt has been lowered over the years.
Iodine deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in the United States.
Many Parts of Your Body Need Iodine
Really low iodine levels in the thyroid end up as a thyroid goiter (enlargement of the thyroid). Areas of the world where iodine deficiency is high, such as in Switzerland and parts of Asia and Africa, have high incidence of thyroid cancer.
Iodine is also needed by breast tissue, and a lack of iodine in the breasts manifests as fibrocystic breast disease (painful breasts with nodules and cysts and often more symptomatic prior to menstrual periods - PMS). 93% of American women have fibrocystic breast disease and the longer the deficiency persists, the higher the risk of breast cancer.
Iodine is needed in the ovaries, and Russian studies done some years ago showed a relationship between iodine deficiency and the presence of cysts in the ovaries. The greater the iodine deficiency, the more ovarian cysts a woman produces. In its extreme form, this condition is known as polycystic ovarian disease.
Worth mentioning is also lower incidence of miscarriages and low birth weight or immature babies.
In men, long term deficiency of iodine will manifest as prostate problems, either enlargement, or cancer, or both.
20% of all iodine in the human body is stored in the skin, specifically in the sweat glands. Lack of iodine in the sweat glands manifests as dry skin with a decreased ability to sweat.
Iodine can also be concentrated in the stomach tissue, and the lack of iodine in the stomach manifests as achlorhydria (lack of digestive acid production). Iodine is used by the stomach cells, also known as parietal cells, to concentrate chloride which is necessary to produce hydrochloric acid (digestive acid). With prolonged presence of achlorhydria, there is a much higher incidence of stomach cancer.
Iodine is concentrated in the lacrymal glands of the eye, and a lack of iodine can cause dry eyes.
Iodine can also be concentrated in the parotid and submandibular glands of the mouth, and iodine deficiency here can result in dry mouth.
To your health!