Is iodine deficiency really a problem that concerns you?
The short answer is yes, it is!
Why is iodine so important?
Iodine is used by every cell in our body, so really we can’t afford to ignore it.
Iodine is essential in the production of thyroid hormones. These thyroid hormones control your:
• metabolic rate
• heart function
• how quickly you digest food
• your mood,
• bone maintenance
• body weight
• brain function
• muscle control
• and more!
The thyroid gland uses iodine from our food intake to produce 2 main hormones (T3 and T4). The thyroid produces, stores and releases hormones into the bloodstream which then make their way to our cells.
Iodine is concentrated in the thyroid, breasts, salivary glands, brain, stomach, skin, pancreas and so on each using varying amounts of iodine.
Learning how our bodies are affected is essential if we are to stay ahead and stay healthy!
Consider the following facts about iodine deficiency:
• The World Health Organization lists Iodine deficiency as the world’s most prevalent, yet preventable cause of brain damage. (1)
• Iodine deficiency disorders include mental impairment which affects the way we can function in our daily lives.
• Iodine deficiency during pregnancy can cause stills births, abortions and congenital abnormalities.
• During childhood, it can result in reduced growth and learning difficulties.
• Thyroid disorders are common and include Hypothyroidism (too little thyroid hormone) hyperthyroidism (too much thyroid hormone), and goitres.
Are chemicals an issue?
Our world is becoming increasingly complex, with the increased levels of chemicals used in the production of our food, added to our water and used in most areas of our lives. The actual number of chemicals in use appears to be unknown! (2)
We know that some chemicals directly affect how iodine works in the body. Chlorine, fluorine and bromine (halogens) replace iodine because they are more reactive. Chlorine, as we know, is added to many of our water supplies for drinking and swimming. This chemical is very caustic and oxidative to our cells.
As an example of their pervasive use, bromine is found in pesticides, plastics, bakery goods and some flours (in the form of potassium bromate), many soft drinks in the form of brominated vegetable oils), fire retardants, swimming pool chemicals – just to mention a few! Exposure to lots of bromine causes your body to lose iodine. So, a little advice…. If you want to keep a healthy thyroid stay away from bromine!
Iodine is a helpful and necessary halogen; however, it must be at the correct levels in your body to displace the others (chlorine, fluorine and bromine).
Are our foods to blame for iodine deficiency?
Our access to iodine is dependent on our diets and supplementation may be required to ensure we are in balance allowing the thyroid gland to do its job.
Iodine rich foods need to be included regular in our diet, however, the iodine levels in food are dependent on where that food is grown. Plants get their iodine directly from the soil so when soils are depleted of iodine the plants will be low in iodine.
So where to from here?
We are living in a technologically advanced world and yet, unbelievably, the issue of iodine deficiency remains a major health concern.
We are here to help you investigate the problems associated with iodine deficiency, to give you the knowledge to prevent it being part of your life.
Our goal is to help you keep yourself healthy!