It seems every nutrient has its moment in the spotlight. Antioxidants had their place in the limelight years ago, probiotics are just recently getting much deserved attention on a bigger scale, and magnesium has become the poster mineral for alleviating many different health concerns.
But what about iodine?
Due to the increasing prevalence of thyroid related concerns, iodine is starting to share the spotlight with it’s more popular counterparts due to it’s importance for rejuvenating thyroid health, and much more. What’s even more important to realize is that according to Dr. Brownstein, author of the book Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 94.7 percent of 500 patients he tested were deficient in inorganic iodine! That’s an astonishingly high number, that will come with dire health consequences.
So with thyroid concerns becoming commonplace, and so many people showing a deficiency, it becomes prudent to consider iodine rich foods and supplementation. However, there are caveats to these considerations, which I will go into further below.
Iodine has received a bad rap with respect to safety, even though it is generally one of the safest minerals to ingest supplementally. Of course, this doesn’t mean you recklessly take it without understanding your personal health situation through your own research and a health professional’s guidance.
Iodine is heavily concentrated in the thyroid, salivary glands, brain, cerebrospinal fluid, gastric mucosa, breasts, ovaries, eyes, and skin.Knowing this, any iodine deficiency could fail to properly support hormonal, brain, eye, skin, and metabolic health.
Iodine deficiency can occur for a number of reasons, including poor soil conditions and unfavorable food and beverage choices that deplete iodine stores, like fluoridated water.
How does this happen? NaturalNews.com explains:
“Fluoride and iodine are both halogens. Fluoride, the negative ion of the element fluorine, easily displaces iodine in the body because it is much lighter and therefore more reactive. In fact, the activity of any one of the halogens (Iodine 126.70, Bromine 79.90, Chlorine 35.45, Fluorine 18.99 are the most common) is inversely proportional to its atomic weight. In other words, one halogen can displace another one of a higher atomic weight but cannot displace one of lower weight.”
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