Natural Food Iodine Sources
By Joan McDaniel
What is Iodine?
If you backpack in the mountains, you may have used iodine tablets to purify your drinking water. Or, perhaps you've used an iodine-based disinfectant to clean a minor skin wound. But did you know that iodine is essential to life? I was first introduced to Iodine as a kid. Back in those days when we playing cowboys and Indians a skin scrape meant the sting of Iodine disinfectant as the fix.
Iodine essential to life?
The American Diet is loaded with Sugar and Sodium and void of nutrition. Without Iodine you are listless, weak, can easily develop age related disease. Iodine is essential to life yet it isn’t that readably available in the Standard American Diet.
Iodine in nutrition is an essential trace mineral essential to human life. Iodine is crucial in the functioning of the brain, the organs of your body and especially the thyroid gland, an organ that stores the minerals needed for the synthesis of our thyroid hormones. Iodine isn’t just for those who already have Thyroid Disease.
In the early part of the 20th century, iodine deficiency was quite common in the United States and Canada. Use of Iodized salt has decreased this deficiency. While many types of table salt are iodine-enriched, they are also stripped of all their natural health properties, and are chemically processed.
The Iodine in the salt is ineffective and can cause Hypertension or High Blood Pressure where a limit to salt is recommended. The intake of salt has declined and in some cases restricted to avoid Hypertension, Heart Disease and Stroke, but the intake of Sodium has increased. Sodium does not contain Iodine.
The good news is that there are many popular foods with iodine, all of which are easy to incorporate into your daily diet. There are also Iodine supplements available on the market.
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