Did you know there are certain nutrients that can “work their magic” by gently helping your body to detoxify on a daily basis? Most of us have heard of or tried some kind of body system “cleanse” or “detox.” Iodine is fascinating in the way that it works to both cleanse & heal the human body.
Iodine actually detoxes endocrine disruptors, called Halides & Xenoestrogens, out of the body (these hormone disruptors especially effect the Thyroid). They can come from our air, water, soil, food supply and BPA found in food/water packaging. We now know from research that Iodine can help effectively detox the body from heavy metals like mercury, cadmium and lead…and at a slower rate, even aluminum. (See specifics about the Thyroid below)
One of the best ways to get rid of toxins and help your own natural detoxification pathways is to add iodine to your diet every day. Try adding these iodine-rich foods to your plate: seaweed, strawberries, cranberries, seafood and fish, dark leafy green vegetables, eggs and cheese. You always have the option to supplement Iodine as well.
More about how the THYROID can be helped by iodine supplementation:
Iodine is one of 5 elements in what’s known as the halogen family of elements. The other four are fluorine, chlorine, bromine, and astatine. Halogens are all similar in structure to each other. They can attach to the iodine receptors in your thyroid and take the place of iodine. Unfortunately, these other halogens are poisonous to your thyroid. And you’re constantly exposed to them.
- For instance, you probably know there’s fluoride in your toothpaste and in the water supply.
- Perchlorate(made from chlorine) is a chemical commonly used in batteries, fertilizers, and bleaches. Industrial pollution has leached it into groundwater, which ends up in the food supply.
- And bromine is everywhere! It’s an additive that is used in many products that we use every day, including:
Bread products (yes, bread…white/wheat…anything made with flour of any kind)
Flame retardant materials found in couches and mattresses
Asthma inhalers and prescription drugs
Personal care products
Some fabric dyes
Overexposure to bromine can cause a condition called bromism—causing irritability, restlessness, confusion, depression, headache, fatigue, brain fog, and muscle weakness.
When your thyroid is full of bromine, instead of iodine, it cannot function properly and your metabolism and endocrine function may become imbalanced.
That’s why you feel sick, tired, foggy, and bloated. You’re being overtaken by bromine dominance.
Unfortunately, long-term exposure to bromine can take a while to detoxify and clear from your body.
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