Let’s Talk About Iodine
Many chronic illnesses can be traced back to an inadequate amount of iodine in the body.
Salt was iodised in an attempt to combat a dietary deficiency in 1924. In the early 1960’s iodine was added to bread as a dough conditioner. In the 1980’s due to iodophobia, iodine was replaced with bromine in the bread-making process. Bromide is a goitrogen and interferes with iodide utilisation by the thyroid gland. Centuries before the discovery of iodine, seaweed was used in the treatment of thyroid enlargement (goiter). At the Great Exhibiton at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park in May 1851 iodine and iodine compounds were publicly shown for the first time by 10 pharmaceutical firms.
The name “thyroid” (shield) was assigned to the gland because the thryroid cartilage behind the gland was in the shape of a shield. The gland is larger in women than men, it is thought that this contributes much to the beauty of a woman’s neck.
Staying healthy throughout one’s life begins with eating right. There is a growing number of scientific evidence demonstrating the health benefits of specific nutrients.
Common Sources of Dietary Iodine:
Cheese, Cows milk, Eggs, Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream, Iodized table salt, Saltwater fish, Seaweed (including kelp, dulce, nori), Shellfish, Soy milk, Soy sauce, Yogurt.
Will bring you a significant amount of the required vitamins and minerals that will target nine important functions of your body:
1. Iodine contributes to the normal production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function.
2. Zinc and Iodine contribute to normal cognitive function.
3. Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Copper and Zinc contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
4. Vitamin A, Vitamin B2, Zinc contribute to the maintenance of normal vision.
5. Vitamin B3, B5, B6, B12, Vitamin C, Biotin and Magnesium contribute to the normal energy-yielding metabolism.
6. Selenium, Zinc, Copper, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D contribute to the normal function of the immune system.
7. Vitamin B1 contributes to the normal function of the heart.
8. Magnesium, Zinc, Manganese and Calcium contribute to the maintenance of normal bones.
9. Zinc, Iodine, Biotin, Vitamin A, Vitamins B3 and B8 contribute the maintenance of normal skin.
The Thyroid Gland Needs:
Iodine to produce the body hormone thyroxine, which regulates the release of energy in the body. Iodine is mainly found in the thyroid glands and is an indispensable element for the body metabolism. Without it, a person gains weight and is fatigued. On the other hand, with hyperthyroid, a person loses weight and is hyperactive.
Other Functions of Iodine:
•Iodine prevents the development of simple goiter
•Iodine plays a role in the development of hair, fingernails, skin and teeth
•regulates the rate of energy production, body weight & promotes proper growth
•improves mental alacrity and promotes healthy hair, nails, skin, and teeth.
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