Iodine is essential for humans. Soil and diets are seriously deficient. Supplementation is essential to assure a calm disposition, proper thyroid function, energy production, burning of fat, normal mental functions and healthy skin, hair and nails. People wisely avoiding table salt in their diets are particularly vulnerable to iodine deficiency. Airborne radioactive iodine is a deadly toxin produced by nuclear power plants and was the primary toxin released at Chernobyl. Generous food sources of non-radioactive iodine such as Seafoods, Kelp and Special Nutritional Yeast help prevent uptake of radioactive iodine.
Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid gland, is a common problem associated with weight gain, bad complexion, fatigue, forgetfulness, loss of sex drive, impotence, irritability, unhealthy hair, nails and teeth. Fortunately, you can help normalize an underactive thyroid gland by increasing your intake of iodine. "The healthy functioning of the thyroid is essential to maintaining metabolism and preventing the accumulation of body fat," writes Burton Goldberg in Alternative Medicine. An underactive thyroid gland slows your metabolism; you thus burn dramatically fewer calories and feel sluggish. In addition, in Asian Health Secrets, Letha Hadady explains that an underactive thyroid gland promotes excess weight and cellulite by causing water retention.
Insufficient intake of organic iodine in modern diet has led to a serious and chronic form of low-grade hypothyroidism. Increasing your iodine level will allow your thyroid function and metabolic rate to return to normal. Kelp and other sea weed naturally contain iodine. "Kelp has a normalizing effect on the thyroid gland. In other words, thin people with thyroid trouble can gain weight by using kelp, and obese people can lose weight with it," Earl Mindell writes in his Vitamin Bible for the Twenty-First Century.
Iodine was first discovered in 1812 in kelp. Elemental iodine was extracted from the seaweed and was named iodine because of its color, which means violet in Greek. Iodine occurs naturally as iodide or iodate salts. It is a crucial part of the thyroid hormones, which, in turn, play a vital role in the production of energy. Iodine deficiency is still the major cause of hypothyroidism in the world. Deficiency of thyroid hormones really slows you down. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, apathy, dry skin, intolerance to cold, weight gain and enlargement of the thyroid (goiter).
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Insufficient intake of organic iodine in today's modern diet has led to a serious and chronic form of low-grade hypothyroidism, a major contributing factor to prostate, breast and ovarian cancers. Even a mild low thyroid function can cause an imbalance of other hormones, such as estrogen, progesterone, and androgen, hormones that play a pivotal role in reproductive health as well as in the prevention of cancerous and noncancerous tumors, such as fibroids and fibrocystic breast disease. Low thyroid function frequently coincides with low adrenal function, fatigue, low energy during the day, insomnia, low body temperature, very low blood pressure, low-grade depression, dry skin, dry hair, pear-shaped figure, weight gain, infertility, PMS, sensitivity to cold (particularly the extremities), calcification buildup, hardening of the arteries, cystic breasts and/or ovaries, and cancers of the breast and ovaries.
An underactive thyroid can encourage water retention, leading to excess weight and cellulite. Low thyroid function has recently been linked with lethargy and depression. If you tend to have slow digestion and elimination, excess catarrh, or sinus trouble, and generally feel down in the dumps during humid weather, seaweeds high in potassium, calcium, and iodine are for you. Iodine is a trace mineral. Trace minerals are minerals that occur in tiny amounts or traces. They play a major role in health, since even minute portions of them can powerfully affect health. Iodine is measured in micrograms (mcg). The RDA for iodine is 150 mcg daily for adults. During pregnancy the RDA is increased to 175 mcg and 200 mcg during breastfeeding.
Major Functions of Iodine
- Aids in the development and functioning of the thyroid gland
- Needed for normal growth and development regulates the body's production of energy
Deficiency Symptoms of Iodine
- Goiter, enlarged thyroid gland
- Cretinism, resulting in dwarfism and mental retardation
- Loss of physical and mental vigor
- Dry skin and hair
- Weight gain
- Excessive Intake and Toxicity Symptoms of Iodine
- Enlarged thyroid gland
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