IODINE – the ignored but very essential nutrient

Iodine is an essential micronutrient

It is needed by every cell of your body!!

But unfortunately many people are very deficient in this super nutrient,.

According to the World Health Organisation, iodine deficiency affects 72 percent of the world’s population. 

This important mineral is essential for thyroid function and your metabolism.

Its also important for brain health, breast health and helps with calcium absorption.

Other benefits include boosting immunity, helping to prevent certain cancers, healthy skin, maintains energy . 

Signs and symptoms of iodine deficiency can include

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Brain fog
  • Breast issues
  • Thinning hair
  • Constipation
  • Feeling colder than usual
  • Neck swelling or goitre
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint stiffness

Conditions that are helped by iodine include –

  • Thyroid issues
  • Depression
  • Vaginal infections
  • Skin problems
  • Hair thinning /loss
  • Weight gain
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Gum infections
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Allergies
  • Type 2 Diabetes

Why are people iodine deficient?

Chlorine, fluoride and bromide all inhibit the absorption of iodine.

Chlorine and fluoride are found in water and fluoride in toothpaste.

Filter  and alkalise your water.

Check out these filters in Australia

https://earthswater.com.au/
https://www.ecobud.com.au/shop/jugs
https://www.waterscoaustralia.com.au/

Bromide is found in your environment, in fire retardants in clothing and blankets, furniture, personal care products and even food like bread.

Also fluoride and bromide are found in some medications, such as statins. Check this list out to see if your medication contains bromide or fluoride here-  

https://imcwc.com/avoid-these-chemicals-and-save-your-thyroid/embed/#?secret=n4KZJXfFBd#?secret=uTggxfOpho

Foods high in iodine include

  • Seaweed
  • Seafood
  • Potatoes
  • Beans
  • Eggs
  • Prunes
  • Yogurt
  • Cranberries

Its important to have optimal selenium for the correct metabolism of iodine which is especially important if you are going to supplement with iodine.  There is a protocol to supplementing iodine as too much can cause issues. Please contact  me or your health practitioner  for dosing and guidance and to avoid any unwanted effects

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