Galena Sentinel Times

The Natural Alternative: Are You Iodine Deficient?

There are two reasons why many people are deficient in iodine. First, iodine is a rare element on Planet Earth. Among the elements, it is 62nd in abundance in the earth. Iodine is most prevalent in sea water, so plants from the sea (seaweed), fish and other seafoods are the most abundant sources of iodine. People who consume seaweed and other ocean-based foods on a regular basis are less likely to be iodine deficient, but people who don’t will likely have very little iodine in their diet. Also, seafoods harvested from waters polluted with mercury will not be good sources of iodine, because mercury displaces iodine.

The second reason people are iodine deficient is because there are many chemicals we are exposed to in modern society that rob the body of iodine. These include halogens, (chlorine, fluoride, bromide, mercury, aspirin)and other salicylates and unfermented soy products.

Kelp is a seaweed and a good source of iodine and can be added to the regular diet. Kelp is also a good source of sodium and potassium which helps support the fluid balance in the body.

Dulse is another seaweed that contains iodine. Dulse also contains silica, a mineral which supports the body’s need when supporting hair, skin, and nails.

Bladderwrack is another seaweed containing diiodotyrosine, a chemical configuration containing iodine and the amino acid tyrosine.

Plants and seaweed have an ongoing interesting value, as we learn more about the body and the way to get the minerals needed by the body.

Herbally Yours,
Dale Scott Master Herbalist

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