Are you having all these crazy symptoms and suspect your thyroid hormones are unbalanced?
After getting blood work done, I was told my body was lacking Iodine, which is the first time ever being told this, but the results where right there on paper. I knew iodine is an important mineral for important body functions, but I wasn’t exactly sure which ones. So I set out to find out what it’s purpose really is.
The body needs iodine to make thyroid hormones, which these hormones control, the body’s metabolism and other body functions. A deficiency in iodine can cause hypothyroidism, goiters, mental retardation, and certain forms of cancer as well as affecting your child’s brain function and IQ in pregnant women. Iodine is very important for your child’s bone and brain development.
Here are a few other symptoms of a deficiency in iodine;
- Feeling cold and sensitive to cold
- Hair loss
- Swelling in the neck
- Fatigue and weakness
- Weight Gain
- Dry, flaky skin
- Memory loss/ Brain fog
- Muscle weakness and joint stiffness
More people are becoming deficient in Iodine because of the reduction in the use of salt in cooking. That is iodized salt, known as table salt. More people are switching to sea salt or Himalayan pink salt because of the health benefits versus using table salt, but neither sea salt or pink salt have iodine added in them. However, table salt also has harmful ingredients and known to cause many complications causing people to switch to more healthier and fancier salts.
Ok, I hear ya. Now you feel kind of stuck trying to figure out which way to go, table salt or pink salt?
Being that I have to deal with two autoimmune disorders, table salt was the biggest cause of my stomach and body swelling up like a balloon. Then it would take days to get back to normal again. Here are the reasons why I stay away from table salt as much as I can.
Table or iodized salt, is a manufactured form of sodium chloride and is produced from crude oil extract. The taste of processed salt stems from the manufacturing of 97.5% sodium chloride and an assortment of chemicals such as dangerous fluoride, synthetic iodine (not natural iodine), sugar and bleaching agents to name a few. It has no nutritional value.
Iodized salt is unhealthy and can be downright toxic to your body. This salt is noted for causing increased blood pressure to rise rapidly because the blood is attempting to move the toxic elements rapidly away from the heart. This is why doctors will often tell people with high blood pressure to stop consuming table salt. It also causes instant swelling of the body. When salt is manufactured the natural form of iodine is lost. With out the natural iodine, then the thyroid is severely harmed.
My preferred choice of salt to use is Himalayan pink salt and then taking an iodine supplement or drops to balance my iodine levels. As I mentioned before using iodized salt will not give you the benefits of iodine since it’s natural form is lost once it’s manufactured.
You can also get iodine into your system by consuming foods high in iodine; it’s a good way to keep you from having a deficiency only if you consume enough of these foods. Below are a few great foods to eat that are autoimmune friendly.
- Fish, Tuna, Salmon, Shrimp
- Dried Prunes
- Navy beans
Iodine is a trace mineral and an essential component of the thyroid hormones. Over all Iodine is so important for early growth and development of the bone, brain and most organs in the body. In addition it’s good at boosting your immune system, preventing hypothyroidism, optimizing your energy and improving your skin and hair, prevents certain cancers, and removes toxic chemicals.
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, I highly recommend you go in to see your doctor and have him take blood work to see what it is you’re deficient in. It’s better to prevent illnesses by staying on top of your health.