I started going off on an Iodine tangent on another post, so I thought I'd move some of the info over here for anyone interested in this most-important element, and the role it plays in maintaining healthy thyroid function, and by virtue of that, a healthy metabolism.
Google "conditions treated with iodine" and you'll find that it's used to treat everything from ADD and headaches to brain fog, "zombification", low IQ, depression, and chronic fatigue.
The reason? Iodine is full for the thyroid gland, and the thyroid gland, along with the adrenal glands, play an important physiological role in the prevention of the aforementioned conditions. Together the thyroid and adrenals are the two biggest energy-producing glands in the human body, and unlocking their potential is a key component to attaining vibrancy and health.
Properties of Iodine include: Production of thyroid hormones*, Antiseptic to bacteria, viruses and fungus, Anti parasitic, Anti fibrotic and cancer, Mucolytic agent, Alkalizing agent, Triggers apoptosis, Chemical and biological detoxifier, Anti allergic
*Functions of Thyroid Hormones include:
Neurological development and function, Increases all hormone receptor sensitivity, Regulates metabolism, Digestion, Oxygen consumption, Heat & energy production, Mobilizes fat –release of fatty acids from adipose tissue
Interesting how Conventional Wisdom eschewed its use back in the day, claiming we could get our daily requirement through the consumption of Iodized salt alone. Sure you can get your 'daily requirement' that way--if all you're interested in is preventing goiter! If you're at all interested in optimum health and vitality, then you're going to need to explore other avenues of Iodine intake in your diet.
Every cell in the body contains and uses Iodine.
The Thyroid contains the most iodine needs 6 mg iodide per day. Breast tissue contains the 2nd most iodine needs 5 mg iodine per day. Other glands and tissue combined need 2 mg iodine/iodide per day. Other tissues requiring iodine include: Ovaries
Salivary glands, Parotid glands (your body's first line of defense against Heavy Metal Toxicity), Pancreas, Cerebral spinal fluids, Brain, Stomach
Epithelial tissue, Lacrimal glands -Tear ducts, WBC
Iodine is required for all of your body's symporter systems to function optimally.
According to Dr. Royal Lee, founder of Standard Process: “We have always held that deficiency of minerals from a metabolic standpoint was more often due to the inability to assimilate because of vitamin
deficiency than because of actual dietary lack. Not
that such dietary shortage does not frequently occur,
but that in the great majority of cases it is the vitamin deficiency that makes the shortage apparent.
A good illustration is the case of iodine deficiency
in goiter, where the primary cause is a vitamin B and
C deficiency, necessitating a higher intake of iodine
to prevent trouble, the use of B and C concentrates
being a far more satisfactory remedy than iodine
after the condition has developed.”
Royal Lee; Vitamin News;Vol. 3, No. 7; June 15, 1935
It takes a severe Iodine deficiency to cause goiter, and usually a contributing factor like Chlorine exposure either in your home water supply or due to chronic exposure to chlorinated swimming pools or cleaning products. Chlorine actually displaces Iodine from cells in the thyroid gland as they compete for the same binding sites. This occurs due to their similar valence electron availablity (see below link for periodic table of elements), with Chlorine displacing Iodine because Chlorine has a lower molecular weight than Iodine, so apparently the body prefers that more.
Those who think they may be being exposed to chlorine in the municipal water supply should not only consider adding a faucet filter, but a showerhead filter as well--especially if you like to take long, hot showers like my wife does. That warm water open your pores right up, and if there's chlorine in your water it will get right into your body and negatively affect the thyroid gland.
Iodine is food for the thyroid gland, and keeps it healthy. Iodine also has extremely powerful antiseptic properties. All of the blood in the body passes through the thyroid gland every 17 minutes where--if Iodine levels are sufficient--it gets exposed to, and sanitized by, Iodine, a most potent bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic killer.