The Complete Guide to Iodine Deficiency
While most of us are aware that iodine is a precursor to making thyroid hormones (T4 into T3), the role of iodine only begins with the thyroid.
Iodine receptors exist in each of the many trillions of cells in the body and regulate cellular function, like the movement of nutrition into the cell and the lymph drainage of toxins out of each cell.
Iodine was thought to be an antibiotic in the 1800s. Even today, before surgery, doctors rub the area to be operated on with iodine to support immunity. (8)
The Far-Reaching Benefits of Iodine
- Supports the body’s antioxidant activity
- Supports natural detoxification
- Supports healthy thyroid function
- Supports optimal hormonal function
- Supports memory, energy, mood, and weight
Iodine Protects Against Heavy Metals, Chemicals & Toxins
One of the most important roles of iodine is to protect cells from the chemical and toxic load that has reached unprecedented levels in our environment.
Today, we dump 4 billion pounds of toxic chemicals into the American environment each year and 72 million of them are cancer-causing. (19) Fluoride is in toothpaste and some drinking water, and chlorine is in every flame retardant fabric, your shower, some drinking water, and most hot tubs and pools. Heavy metals, environmental pollutants, pesticides, off-gassing furniture, carpets, pollutants, pesticides and estrogens from plastics may be more aggressive when iodinelevels are low.
Chlorine, bromine, fluorine and iodine are all halogens – this means that they attach to and compete for the same receptors in the body. (9) When iodine levels are low, the empty iodine receptors will pick up these other halogens, as well as their chemical by-products that may be even more toxic.
These toxins further compromise iodine levels, which may inhibit thyroid function, hormonal balance, and many other detox functions.
Iodine deficiency is one of the most important and prevalent global deficiencies of the late 20thand early 21st century.
While great strides have been made in fighting this epidemic, there is still ample work to be done. Here are some statistics:
- From 1971-1994, iodineintake levels in the United States decreased by 50%, according to the National Health Nutritional Examination Survey. (1)
- Since then, iodine intake levels have stabilized, but at levels considered by experts to be on the low end of sufficient. Many groups are still considered to be at-risk, including women of child-bearing age, pregnant women and those on a voluntarily restrictive diets. (2-4)
- According to the World Health Organization, 40% of the world’s population live in areas considered at-risk for iodine deficiency. (5,6)
Join me as I reveal why iodine deficiency is still prevalent these days, why having sufficient levels is crucial to your health, as well as the best ways to lock in your iodine stores.