Thursday, October 16, 2008

Iodine Deficiency, and what it is worth

FAQs about Iodine Nutrition
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Iodine is an essential part of the chemical structure of thyroid hormones. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in the front part of the neck. It produces two hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), that are released into the bloodstream and carried to target organs, particularly the liver, kidneys, muscles, heart, and developing brain.

We need iodine because thyroid hormones are essential to life. The thyroid hormones act in target organs by influencing many different chemical reactions, usually involving manufacture of key proteins. The body must have proper levels of thyroid hormone to function well.


International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders


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Iodine Deficiency and Its Link to Diseases in the Body

Friday, April 25, 2008
by: Mary Laredo
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"A toxic body is unable to absorb and utilize enough iodine from diet alone, and a deficiency usually requires supplementation. When the deficit is resolved, the body will gradually displace the toxic halides from tissues throughout the body, especially the thyroid and other major storage sites. Iodine's detoxifying effect also strengthens the immune system and helps balance hormones."


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Listed here in strategies to combat breast cancer

Iodine Deficiency Growing Worse

  • Iodine consumption by Americans has dropped 50% since the 1970s as breast
    cancer rates have risen (1). In the US Goiter Belt, where iodine in the soil is
    lower, breast cancer is higher (2).

  • By contrast, the incidence and severity of breast cancer are less in Japan than
    in Europe and the US, attributable to the diet (3). Japanese women consume 25
    times more dietary iodine than North American women and have lower breast
    cancer rates (4).

  • Meanwhile, since the 1970s, in the US and several other countries, iodine-
    blocking bromides have been added to flour, some sodas, and medications,
    exacerbating the iodine deficiency.

  • Flouridated drinking water also depletes iodine absorption. Thus, as women
    consume less iodine and excrete more due to toxic elements, our risk for breast
    cancer grows(5).

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How iodine accelerates weight loss by supporting the thyroid gland

Dani Veracity
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"If adjusting your diet and exercising more hasn't helped you reach a healthy body weight, you may have hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland. In addition to weight gain, other symptoms of hypothyroidism include a bad complexion, fatigue, forgetfulness, loss of sex drive, impotence, irritability and unhealthy hair, nails and teeth. Fortunately, you can help normalize an underactive thyroid gland by increasing your intake of the mineral iodine.

Deficiency of thyroid hormones really slows you down. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, apathy, dry skin, intolerance to cold, weight gain and enlargement of the thyroid (goiter)."

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