The Importance of Iodine for Optimal Health

Two days ago my sister-in-law sent me an email about the importance of iodine – and it came with a sales letter about an iodine supplement.  Like most people I do take supplements, I was told I should take supplements by a nutritionist because I have problems absorbing nutrients from the food I eat, due to IBS which I have struggled with for years.  When I read the sales letter my interest was piqued, the sales letter wrote of so many benefits I couldn’t believe what I was reading. Many of the ailments are odd problems that you don’t go for help mainly because you aren’t really ill, just generally low!

After doing a Google search about the importance of Iodine I was amazed to find that the sales letter was correct, that most people do have a deficiency in iodine and that the lack of iodine in the diet can cause quite serious health problems, cancer, especially breast and prostate, mental retardation for infants if they have been deprived of iodine in the womb, but also breast tendencies towards cysts, which can be a forerunner of breast cancer and overweight that is difficult to shed, insomnia, blood sugar problems and a host of other, even Alzeimers.  I never knew that iodine was so important in ones diet, and of course these days you can’t get it in the food you eat other than fish as the soils are iodine depleted.

The Silent Epidemic of Iodine Deficiency 

By Nancy Piccone

In 2008, researchers concerned about the growing threat of iodine deficiency analyzed 88 samples1 of iodized table salt—the main supply of this critical micronutrient for most people.2
Less than half of those tested contained amounts of iodine sufficient for optimal health.
Coupled with the trend of reduced salt consumption, rates of iodine deficiency are now reaching epidemic levels.
In the developed world, iodine deficiency has increased more than fourfold over the past 40 years. Nearly 74% of normal, “healthy” adults may no longer consume enough iodine.3,4
In this article, the latest data on this dangerous trend are presented. You will learn of iodine deficiency’s profound impact on overall health. You will discover iodine’s vital role in thyroid function and its link to obesity, cognitive impairment, heart disease, psychiatric disorders, and various forms of cancer. You will also find out how iodine can help ward off breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. . . . . .
http://www.lef.org/magazine/mag2011/oct2011_The-Silent-Epidemic-of-Iodine-Deficiency_01.htm

A few years ago I was really struggling with insomnia, to the extent I have to use sleeping tablets, and it is still ongoing, although not as bad as it was.  In my research for answers I became aware that if you have low thyroid you can suffer from insomnia, so I had my thyroid checked out – as it happens I am not low enough to treat it, but I realised that I am on a low sodium diet (low salt) because of having had a heart attack 15 years ago.  I tend not to eat bread, so wouldn’t actually get iodine from the flour (or so I thought) so just in case all my problems stemmed from not having enough iodine I started taking Kelp as a supplement – I tablet a day was the recommended dose, but after reading how important iodine is and how depleted most peoples iodine’s levels are, and how there isn’t iodine left in the soil anymore so the only iodine one really gets it through eating fish and using seasalt on ones food – I took the decision yesterday to double the dose and hopefully this should do the trick. If you want to read a book called The Iodine Crisis: What You don’t know about Iodine could wreck your life – than click on the link coloured in black.

 

 

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