You may have heard extreme claims about iodine—that we’re all deficient, causing us to be flooded with fluoride, or that it will poison you and destroy your thyroid gland. I’m here to bring some sober statistics to the table about this important trace element and a plan to moderately and safely introduce it into your routine.
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It would be quite a skill to avoid fluoride these days. Most water supplies have it, as do most toothpastes, non-stick pans, and many medications such as Prozac (flouxetine). It is estimated that the average American gets somewhere between 1.6 and 6.6mg of fluoride each day. The World Health Organization considers safe levels of fluoride
In the first study of its kind, researchers at the University at Surrey are suggesting that those who drink milk alternatives (such as almond, hemp, soy, rice, oat, hazelnut or coconut) instead of cow’s milk (a good source of iodine) may be iodine deficient as a result. (1,2) According to this study, published in October
Iodine deficiency is one of the most important and prevalent global deficiencies of the late 20th and 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, iodine intake levels in the United States decreased by 50%, according
Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 38 seconds Iodine is an essential trace element, recognized for its cornucopia of important health benefits, including the traditional role it plays in the production of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4. Thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and energy production throughout the body and, in turn, affect core body temperature,
Iodine is found in each of the trillions of cells in the human body. It is responsible for the production of all the hormones, proper immune system function, cellular protection, brain function, detoxification, thyroid function and much more. (1) Join me as I explore some very compelling reasons to consider an iodine supplement! Reason #1:
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
Ayurveda + Modern Science for Healthy Pregnancy According to Ayurveda, preparing for pregnancy is as important as getting pregnant, being pregnant, staying pregnant, and delivering a healthy child. Today, understanding these ancient principles is more important than ever. But it is important to understand modern pregnancy risks as well. In this article, I discuss some
Is Iodine Enough? Iodine may be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of healthy thyroid function, but sometimes taking iodine alone isn’t enough. Ayurveda suggests some herbs to support healthy iodine absorption into the thyroid. Guggul for Thyroid In one study, guggul (Commiphora mukul) was shown to increase uptake of iodine into
If you’re not familiar with John McDougall, MD, he is perhaps the most well-known leader in the vegan community. He is the author of 13 best-selling books (including The Starch Solution and The Healthiest Diet on the Planet) and has been preaching a high-starch no-oil vegan diet for 40 years.
The pineal gland is a pea-sized gland that sits in the deep center of the skull. It may be most well-known for its production of melatonin. It has been credited with having a hand in promoting sleep, boosting mood, enhancing sex, and even increasing longevity by as much as 10-25%. (1,2) The pineal gland is