Hey Guys, yesterday we talked about things that can weaken the thyroid, and how it involves iodine deficiency. I want to reiterate how important iodine uptake is to your overall energy production. There is some doctor’s that believe iodine uptake in patients with hashimoto’s is harmful, but others say it is good for autoimmune conditions. I believe it has to do with the patients ability to metabolize iodine and other minerals. We will talk about desensitization in just a bit.

Iodine deficiency – Most individuals are deficient in iodine, and in some cases cannot process or metabolize iodine because of sensitivities to the mineral. Eating salt, seaweed or kelp may not be enough at times if the thyroid has been in severe dysfunction. The absence of iodine in our daily diet can lead to: low levels of iodine in the body, resistance to iodine, low thyroid function, chronic fatigue, inability to properly burn fat and sugars, and goiter’s if extreme.

The average daily allowance in the U.S. for iodine is 150 mcg. That is far below the average of high iodine consumption such as Japan and Korean which averages 2,000-3,000 mcg a day from the seaweed and kelp in their diet. There is evidence of very low cancer rates in Asian cultures where there is high consumption of seaweed.

Some doctors suggest that very high levels of iodine are necessary here in the U.S. due to the low intake in our standard diet. Well known advocates of iodine, Dr. Brownstein and Dr. Guy Abraham suggest levels as high as 12 milligrams on a daily basis are optimal. I suggest that some may need that high but it all depends on each individual patient’s case. Research is showing that the thyroid does not “down regulate or calm down” until the body reaches levels of 14-15 milligrams of iodine and iodide in a day. This level is far below the 150 microgram intake according to the RDA.

Not everyone can readily take iodine right off the bat. Some individuals can be allergic or sensitive to it. Rashes around the throat and down the arms, severe brain fog, and swollen throat are some symptoms of iodine sensitivity. If this occurs, find a practitioner who can help desensitize your body to iodine applying techniques such as Applied Kinesiology, Total Body Modification, NMT or NAET.

Acceptance of iodine in your body is a key step to thyroid health. It has worked well with my patients. If you find yourself sensitive to iodine, locate a practitioner that utilizes these techniques and see how they can help. First get desensitized then see if you can take it.

Iodine also heals the breast tissue. Iodine is a heavy cancer cell inhibitor. Breast tissue readily accepts iodine. Many doctors state that sufficient levels of iodine help prevent cancer cell growth in the breasts of both women and men. The thyroid likes both forms iodine and iodide, but prefers iodide. There is high amounts of research showing that iodine is important in cancer prevention within the thyroid and breasts. A simple mineral can do so much to strengthen the body.

Good sources of Iodine:

  • Seaweed
  • Kelp
  • Bladderwrack
  • Lugol’s iodine
  • Iodine capsules or liquids from organic, clean sources
  • MY FAVORITE!! ALARIA SUPREME-seaweed in a capsule, and it is free from any radiation signals as well!

Iodine is important, not everyone needs it because some have sufficient levels. And if that is the case, you may have other deficiencies or infections involved. Please DM me with any questions!

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