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Iodine

An Overlooked and Under-Appreciated Extraordinary Nutrient

There is a great inequality in the world and this inequality takes the form of a nutrient deficiency that if gone unchecked can lead your neighbor to be healthier, thinner and even smarter.

We can learn a lot from cultures around the world and in the case of iodine we must look to Japan. Unlike the North American that is lucky to consumer 200 mcg per day of iodine, the traditional Japanese diet, rich in seafood and seaweed consumes upwards of 13,800 mcg per day!

That is a huge difference between cultures and the spread between North American and Japan became even bigger from 1974 to the early 1990’s as iodine levels in US have dropped by 50 percent.

So how did this huge health risk happen and what does it mean to you and your family?
Warning people to stop salting their food, without considering the iodine issue has been shortsighted to say the least!

In the US in the 1920’s, iodine deficiency was rampant, so iodizing salt, with the infamous Morton’s Girl on the dark blue container, became a mainstay to help keep people healthy and indeed smart. In recent years when people were advised not to add salt to their foods and as a result iodine levels dropped, the risk of numerous health conditions increased. So, in the pursuit of lowering blood pressure, other risks were created. Iodine is a must for those serious about healthy living, let alone healthy aging.

So, here we are, low in iodine levels in one of the most advanced countries in the world. What is the bottom line? And why should you add iodine to your list of to do?
Well how about staying competitive with your seafood eating co-workers for one, let alone helping to control the risk of cancer!

Low iodine levels are associated with:

  • Goiters
  • Lower metabolism (get fat faster phenomena)
  • Decreased mental IQ
  • Increased anxiety
  • Higher risk of depression
  • Increased breast disease
  • Possible link to increased ADD/ADHD
  • Autism like symptoms

Clinically I find a strong correlation between low iodine and foggy thinking in at least 70 percent of my patients. And the thyroid hormone produced in your body that determines your metabolism is 100% dependent upon having sufficient iodine.

Summary:
Using salt that has been iodized and seeking out foods rich in iodine such as seaweed and a daily supplement of iodine is a must for those serious about not waiting for a potentially life threatening deficiency symptom to show up. I encourage you to join me and embrace the dietary wisdom of the Japanese and increase your iodine intake today. Since the vast majority of people will find it hard to incorporate kelp in their diet daily, supplementation with kelp in pill form makes good sense.

Take charge of your health and the health of your loved ones today!

Note: If you have iodine sensitivity or thyroid disease, make sure to visit with your doctor about this first.

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