“I”odine

If “G” is for Ginger and “H” is for Hummus then

 

“I” is for Iodine

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What is the place of Iodine in our bodies?  Iodine is essential in the proper functioning of our thyroid glands.  So?  Well, a properly functioning thyroid gland is essential as it secretes thyroid hormones that control the basic metabolic rate of the body.

If you have an Iodine deficiency, then the thyroid gland does not function properly which can and often lead to the some or all of these conditions:  frustration, depression, mental retardation, poor perception levels, goiter, abnormal weight gain, decreased fertility, coarse skin, chances of still birth in expectant mothers, constipation and fatigue. In severe cases mental retardation associated with diseases such as cretinism, characterized by serious physical malformations, could be the result.

How do you know if you are Iodine deficient?  Patch tests are normally the way to tell if you need Iodine supplementation or not.  These are located at your local pharmacy.  Click here for a basic patch test procedure.

Natural sources of Iodine: Iodine is present in large quantities in both marine plant and animals, including shellfish, white deep-water fish, and brown seaweed kelp. Include abundant quantities of canned sardines, canned tuna, lobster, oyster, clams, cod, haddock, halibut, herring perch, salmon, sea bass, and shrimp. Dulse, kelp, and seaweed also contain dietary iodine. Garlic, lima beans, Swiss chard, summer squash, sesame seeds, soybeans, turnip greens and spinach are rich in iodine. Iodized salt is another important source of iodine. Bakers add iodine to bread dough as a stabilizing agent.

Having a healthy level of iodine in your body is beneficial in so many ways.

Metabolic rates: Iodine assists thyroid glands in the production of hormones, responsible for maintaining the basic metabolic rate. Hormones, like thyroxin and triodothyronine, influence heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and temperature. These hormones help maintain the BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate).

Energy level: Iodine helps maintain optimum energy levels using calories, without allowing them to be deposited as excess fats.

Healthy nails, hair and teeth: Iodine assists in the formation of healthy and shiny skin, teeth and hair.

Reproductive system: Iodine helps in the normal growth and maturity of reproductive organs.  Helps prevent still births or neurocognitive conditions like cretinism in the babies.

Fibrocystic disease: Iodine reduces conditions like fibrosis, turgidity and breast tenderness.

Iodine programmed cell death: Iodine ensures programmed cell death which is essential in the formation of new organs as well as in the removal of malignant cells like cancer cells or diseased cells.

Anti-cancer properties: Studies have shown that cancer cells when administered with iodine shrink.

Iodine removes toxic chemicals: Iodine removes chemical toxins like fluoride, lead, mercury etc. It also prevents the growth of harmful bacteria in the stomach.

Thyroid and Goiter disorders: Iodine is a cure for enlarged thyroid gland.

 Can you have too much Iodine and, if so, what are the dangers?

Iodine overdose of more than 2,000 mg could be dangerous especially in people suffering from kidney ailments or tuberculosis. When taken in excess it might result in thyroid papillary cancer. Pregnant women and nursing mothers should be cautious not to take iodine more than the prescribed dosage.

Sources:

http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/minerals/health-benefits-of-iodine.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/29970-benefits-iodine-supplements/

http://www.examiner.com/article/astounding-health-benefits-of-iodine-and-how-to-use-it

Gary

About Gary

I am retired, but not tired. I still want to be valuable to others. I know that others are valuable to me. After looking back on six decades, I have asked myself this question: “What do I believe?” My mind filled up. My heart started beating faster. My spirit soared. I post blogs to share what my mind is working on, what my heart believes would help others and, what my spirit is communicating to me. What do I believe, you ask? Decisions dictate your path In love, not hate In tolerance, not prejudice In health, not sickness In wealth, not poverty In kindness, rudeness In happiness, not sadness In encouragement, not discouragement In faith, not doubt In courage, not fear I have been and will be challenged in each one of these beliefs, but the biggest belief is to stay positive and not turn negative. This belief helps me maintain all of the others.

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