It’s nearly impossible to throw a rock and not hit someone that has dealt with or knows someone dealing with cancer, thyroid problems, chronic fatigue, and weight problems. With the way the current food system is set up and the lack of education and motivation on the part of the consumer, these types of health issues are inevitably going to pop up.
But what if a lot of these issues were simply a symptom of a major mineral deficiency? And what if it could be easy to test yourself, and even remedy? Have I got your attention now? If so, read on.
The many roles of iodine
Iodine is a crucial mineral that is absolutely imperative to have appropriate levels of in the body. It is mostly known for its role in thyroid hormones, but is also important for regulating blood pressure, moods, blood sugar, cardiac rhythms, and preventing cancer in the breasts, ovaries, uterus, prostate, and thyroid gland.
Not only that but iodine is incredibly antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic, which makes it an excellent preventative and remedy to a multitude of conditions caused by rogue bacteria, viruses, fungus, and parasites.
Even though the thyroid gland does contain the body’s highest concentration of iodine, the salivary glands, brain, cerebrospinal fluid, gastric mucosa, breasts, ovaries, and part of the eye also concentrate iodine. So if you are to be become deficient, any one of these areas could become diseased and generate all types of symptoms.
The signs of iodine deficiency
According to Dr. Brownstein, revered expert and author of the book Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It, 94.7% of 500 patients he tested were deficient in inorganic iodine. This number alone should put iodine deficiency on the map for you, but if that wasn’t enough, consider the following signs of iodine deficiency and see if any of them resonate with you:
- Thyroid disorders (hypothyroid and hyperthyroid)
- Breast disease
- Chronic fatigue
- Excess mucous production
- Lowered metabolism (difficulty losing weight)
- Cancers of the breast, ovaries, thyroid, and prostate
- Anxiety, depression, or irritability
- Headaches and migraines
- Fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts, and sebaceous cysts
- Cognitive impairments
- Stunted growth
- Hair loss
If you have had a moderate to serious issues with any of these signs, you may want to consider eating iodine rich foods, such as:
- Seaweed (kelp)
- Cranberries (or pure cranberry juice)
- Navy beans
- Fish (sardines, salmon, cod, tuna)
- Turkey breast
- Baked potato
- Salt (pink salt, not iodized salt)
Of course, clean versions of all these foods is very important. Keep in mind that in some hyperthyroid patient cases, a sensitivity to iodine may preclude you from consuming iodine rich foods. Consult a qualified health professional if this is you.
If you want to do an easy at home test and discover supplemental dosages of inorganic iodine so you can potentially rectify an iodine deficiency, read Dealing With Anxiety, Infertility, Hair Loss, Fatigue, and Stubborn Weight? You May Be Iodine Deficient!
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Derek Henry took a deadly health challenge that conventional medicine couldn’t solve and self-directed a one-in-a-million health journey that found him happier and healthier than he had been in his entire life. As a result of this rewarding journey, he created Healing the Body and became a well revered holistic health coach who now spends his time writing, coaching, and educating thousands of people each month who want to enjoy similar results.