Iodine for the Thyroid Gland

There are new studies that are showing that up to 90% of Americans suffer from the chronic iodine deficiency that causes thyroid problems. Your thyroid is your body’s thermostat. It’s a small gland in your throat, located beneath the larynx or voice box. The thyroid regulates growth, body temperature, energy usage and calorie burning. It does this by producing hormones that control metabolism on the cellular level.
   
Here’s what very few people realize: These thyroid hormones, absolutely essential to life and health, are made up almost entirely of the relatively rare element, iodine.

Unfortunately, your body produces no iodine of its own. Your diet probably doesn’t provide enough. And, you lose massive amounts of iodine daily through urination.

Without a sufficient amount of the “raw material”, iodine, your thyroid can’t produce enough thyroid hormones – T4 and T3 – for your body to function properly.


Reasons Why There Is An Iodine Deficiency
The reason why you’re probably not getting enough iodine is due to three factors:
  1. There is almost no iodine in most foods.
  2. The recent campaign to limit salt intake to control high blood pressure means that many older patients aren’t getting even the small amount of iodine found in iodinized salt.
  3. The American diet is full of chemical additives and foods that prevent your body from absorbing iodine. The most prominent iodine blockers are chlorine, fluoride, bromine, soy and soy products.

Unfortunately, soy flour is now used as an additive in nearly all commercially baked goods in the U.S., even in those marked as “organic”. That means that, even when iodine is added to products such as bread, the soy flour can neutralize the effect of even that little iodine!

Rather than flood your body with synthetic or animal-based thyroid hormones, it may be more effective to give your thyroid the extra iodine it needs to produce its own thyroid hormones. The Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board recommends between 150 mcg to 1,000 mcg of iodine daily.


Symptoms That Can Decrease
As the thyroid is saturated with sufficient iodine to make thyroid hormones, and as your thyroid resets your body’s thermostat, chronic, painful, and even dangerous health concern can begin to decrease. These can include, but not be limited to:
  1. Unexplained weight gain
  2. Fatigue
  3. Aches and pains
  4. Depression, memory loss and confusion
  5. Dry, flaky skin
  6. Swelling of the lower legs and the ankles
  7. Cold, numb, and painful extremities
  8. Low sexual desire and energy
  9. Menstrual problems

A Simple Home Test To Check Iodine Deficiency
Take some tincture of iodine (you can buy this at a grocery or drug store) and a Q-Tip. Paint a spot the size of a silver dollar on your stomach or thigh. If your iodine level is normal, the patch will still be there 24 hours later. However, if the patch has disappeared in less than 24 hours, it’s likely that you’re iodine deficient and could have an underactive thyroid.


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