Low Iodine Intake: Is It Affecting Your Health?

According to the National Health & Nutrition Survey, human iodine levels are at a 50% decline from 1971 to 2000.

Here is the top contributing factors according to Teresa Dale PhD, CCN.

1. Low to no ocean fish and sea vegetable intake

2. Table salt which is iodine inadequate instead of sea salt

3. Inadequate use of iodized salt, especially in low sodium diets

4. Ingestion of fluoride in municipal water (fluoride is a goitagen)

5. Intake of brominated foods and bakery products, carbonated drinks, pasta, breads & cereals (Bromide is a goitagen)

6. Radioactive iodine used in medicine exacerbates iodine deficiency

7. Decline in overall mineral intake from soils due to soil erosion, monoculture based farming & processed foods

8. Radioactive pollution from X-rays, exposure emanating from nuclear power plants (think Fukushima) & cell phone radiation

Fluoride, chlorine, bromine and astatine can interfere with the formation of normal iodine containing thynoxine; making T4 absolutely useless or making it so the body is unable to properly synthesize Thyroid Hormones.

The Thyroid is the major controlling hormonal gland in the body for metabolism.  All cell function is affected by Thyroid Hormones.

Here is a list of iodine containing foods.

Sea vegetables, yogurt, eggs, strawberries, fish, shellfish and mozzarella cheese to name a few.

The supplement Trace Minerals by Morter Health System is a wonderful source of bio available iodine to help cover all bases.

In Health & Service,

Dr. Roland F. Phillips BA, BS, D.C.