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Are You Iodine Deficient?

In the United States alone, nearly 13 million people suffer from some type of thyroid imbalance, and are totally unaware of it. Iodine is a necessary nutrient, not only for proper thyroid functioning but, it is also essential for the normal functioning of your body cells, nervous system, muscles, brain development, oxygen utilization, metabolism, a strong immune system, and a whole lot more.

I would like to help you become more aware, in understanding how important being deficient in a critical trace mineral is to your overall health. The trace mineral I am referring to is iodine.

In the United States alone, nearly 13 million people suffer from some type of thyroid imbalance, and are totally unaware of it. Iodine is a necessary nutrient, not only for proper thyroid functioning but, it is also essential for the normal functioning of your body cells, nervous system, muscles, brain development, oxygen utilization, metabolism, a strong immune system, and a whole lot more.

Some common symptoms of thyroid imbalances are:

1. Unexplained weight loss or gain

2. Fatigue

3. Muscle weakness

4. Hair loss

5. Difficulty concentrating

6. Increased allergies

7. constipation

8. Fluid retention and irritability

Many people who were deficient in this trace mineral have witnessed some amazingly positive results from iodine supplementation.

While it is commonly recognized in the traditional medical community, in how iodine plays an important role in helping hormone production in the thyroid gland but, the limits of sufficient iodine levels in the human body go far beyond this.

According to Dr. Guy Abraham, M.D., a former professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and endocrinology at the U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, and a leading authority on iodine says, other possible body healing functions of iodine include:

1. Regulates moods

2. Prevents cancer (especially in breasts, ovaries, uterus, prostate, and thyroid gland)

3. Prevents and treats fibrocystic breasts in women

4. Regulates blood pressure

5. Helps regulate blood sugar, and prevents and treats diabetes

6. Helps to prevent abnormal cardiac rhythms

Dr. Abraham also noticed that Japanese women have one of the lowest incidences of having breast cancer in the world. They typically eat more than 13 mg of iodine daily, in the form of seaweed, without suffering any ill side effects. It is also important to mention here, that most physicians consider doses above 2 mg a day to be potentially toxic.

When Dr. Abraham began his iodine research work, back in 1998, he discovered many other positive benefits of treating iodine deficiencies in patients with doses far above the standard recommended daily dose of 2 mg.

He noted that that in 1820 a French physician named Jean Lugol also used higher doses of 2 mg to treat a wide variety of health conditions. Dr. Lugol successfully treated many different infectious conditions with his own specifically designed solution, which is still available today by prescription, known as 'Lugols's solution'.

Iodine tends to have antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antifungal qualities, it also enhances immune function. Does anyone want to take an expensive antibiotic to rid themselves of a minor infection now?

Suboptimal iodine intake levels may very well contribute to various thyroid abnormalities, besides the obvious thyroid goiter condition (swelling of the throat), that can still be commonly seen today such as hypothyroidism (underactive), hyperthyroidism (overactive), and autoimmune inflammation of the thyroid (Hashimoto's disease).

Most people get enough iodine in their diet from seafood and iodized salt. But, only about 50 percent of Americans use iodized salt. Due to health concerns in battling high blood pressure, they have been blitzed by standard medical hype, and media attention, that reducing their salt intake is a smart move. However, high blood pressure is more directly caused by the body's adaption to severe dehydration (when not enough water is being consumed). Learn more about salt and water's many health giving benefits by visiting Dr. F. Batmanghelidj's, author of "Your Body's Many Cries For Water", website called watercure.

One gram of refined iodized table salt, which has a higher chloride content than unrefined salt, contains 77 mcg of iodine. Some experts estimate that only about 10 percent of this can be absorbed by the body. Therefore, a superior form of salt is needed by your body. A better source of iodine and several other trace minerals, which is naturally present in unrefined sea salt, is a wiser choice. It will cost considerably more but, the health benefits are worth it. You can find this type of salt in most health food stores. A brand I use and trust is called 'Real Salt'.

Other sources of iodine in our diets comes from dairy products, meat, and eggs. The level of iodine can have varying amounts, though, depending on contents of animal feed.

About 40 years ago, iodate was used as a bread stabilizer in commercially produced baked goods, further increasing our iodine intake. Recently this practice has declined, in the last 30 years, with iodate being replaced with bromide because it was considered to be safer. Other dietary sources are certain multivitamins, a common food coloring called 'erythosine', and ingesting so-called health foods such as kelp. They are, however, largely unregulated and unrecognized.

Iodine utilization problems can be further restricted by our use of goitrogens (substances that may cause enlargement of the thyroid gland) such as fluoride, bromine and bromides, and chlorine. They are also known as halogens, the same class of chemical substances that iodine belongs to.

If you suspect you might be deficient in this necessary trace mineral you can perform an easy test, although it is not completely accurate. Paint a two inch area on your soft skin tissue area, such as your inner upper arm or thigh area, with tincture of iodine. If it takes 18 to 24 hours, or longer, for the stain to disappear, it is a good indicator you are iodine sufficient. If it absorbs more quickly, say 2 to 3 hours, you may possibly be deficient. You may, then, want to have a more accurate, in depth, simple saliva or urine test performed.

The neat thing about being sufficient in this mineral, is that Dr. Abraham's work showed that sufficient iodine levels help promote the excretion of toxic minerals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium out of the body, and the halogens fluoride and bromide as well.

Water is the main fluid choice that will help flush these harmful substances out of you, more quickly and efficiently than any other beverage. Water has so many other wonderful side effects too, as it keeps all of your body cells properly hydrated in the process. That is something you will be able to see and feel, as water is the basis for all sound nutritional diet success stories.

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