One of the major concerns today is deficiency in pregnant women that is leading to children with lowered IQ, low attention span (no substantial proof yet that it is connected to Attention Deficit Disorder, but it is being explored) and also a risk to the operation of their Thyroid Glands. In years gone by a child received this naturally from the mother whilst in the womb, from breast feeding and later when drinking milk. Most mothers today are so deficient themselves that they have none to pass on to their child and as we have already pointed out our milk no longer provides it.
What’s the Solution?
So what is the answer? Here I resist the urge to point you to some Iodine supplement and pick up a commission for sending you there because it is far simpler than that. The answer is to throw away the salt that you use to cook and season your food and replace it with Iodinised Salt (it tastes the same and costs just a few cents more). Yes it is truly as simple as that. You don’t need to increase your intake of salt because salt is still a cause of high blood pressure, you just need to continue using salt in the same safe manner that you use it now, just replace normal salt with Iodinised salt. End of problem.
Our bodies require very little Iodine, in fact about 1 teaspoon throughout our entire life is enough. That doesn’t mean you can take it in one hit because that figure is spread over your lifespan.
So how is it possible that intake was sufficient ten years ago but is insufficient today?
The major reason is that most nations have stopped using Iodine solution to sterilize milk containers before bottling; today they use a Chlorine solution. The old system used to leave a beneficial contamination of Iodine that mixed with the milk when it was bottled. This amount was sufficient to fulfill the needs of our bodies.
1. A teaspoon of iodine is all a person requires in a lifetime, but because iodine cannot be stored for long periods by the body, tiny amounts are needed regularly. As iodine is only found in soil, humans receive their iodine by consuming animal products and plants.
2. The solution to IDD is relatively simple and inexpensive. Food fortification has proven to be a highly successful and sustainable intervention. Iodized salt programs and iodized oil supplements are the most common tools in the fight against IDD.
3. Iodized salt is the first choice for intervention because it is universally and regularly consumed, costs very low per person annually and is manufactured with simple technology.
4. A reliable method of assessing the extent of IDD in a population is to determine the urinary iodine excretion levels in a vulnerable group. Pregnant mothers are a susceptible group for assessing iodine deficiency, as the iodine requirements during this physiological state are comparatively high.
5. High TSH levels are an indicator of low iodine levels. TSH helps the thyroid gland capture iodine from the blood, so if little iodine is available, the body increases its production of TSH to try and capture more. In a population with sufficient iodine, fewer than three per cent of newborns should have a TSH concentration over 5mIU/L, says the WHO. Dietary changes are responsible for the lack of iodine.
6. Health education is a effective way to eradicate IDD, where messages related to IDD are disseminated and the schoolteachers can be requested to visit children’s homes to check living conditions and to check if they are consuming iodized salt and if the iodine content of the salt they consume is adequate. A public awareness program before and during pregnancy would be good for iodine.
Training teachers and other workers to conduct home iodine checks is a part of UNICEF’s strategy focusing on grassroots awareness building to increase the consumption of adequately iodized salt. UNICEF also assists the Government of India and the state governments with the production and distribution of information materials.
For example, to mark Global Iodine Deficiency Disorders Day on October 21, 2001, India issued a commemorative stamp on iodized salt.
A salt-testing kit costs are very cheap and can easily be used by local communities to verify whether the salt they buy is adequately iodized. With UNICEF support, thousands of these kits are being distributed in India through the public network of anganwadi, or community health centers, and schools. UNICEF also provides support for the production and distribution of millions of leaflets and other materials promoting consumption of iodized salt.
1. Salt provides 15 to 42 percent of daily requirements.
2. Seafoods, eggs, papayas, mangoes, pineapple, onions, potatoes, oats, leaf lettuce, beans, carrots, and anything grown near the ocean. Depending on the amount consumed, fresh fruits and vegetables provide between 4 and 27 percent of daily iodine requirements.
3. Herbal sources are kelp, dulse (another seaweed), black walnut, spirulina. Kelp lowers the bowel transit time, absorbs toxins from the bowel, and regulates the intestinal flora. This is why many people notice a reduction in body odor and gas while taking the kelp, because it purifies the body, making it a favorite source of iodine supplementation.
4. Cereals contribute 32 to 49 percent of dietary iodine. Milk and other dairy products are another important source.
Best sources are raw because heat and food processing destroys iodine. Insufficient iodine in the diet can lead to the medical condition goiter and other iodine deficiency disorders.
Iodine also protects against cancer, it provides the lymph with extra fighting power to eliminate toxins from the blood. The body makes estrogens from fat, even if the ovaries are removed surgically. High estrogens are related to increased risks of breast and uterine cancer. In fact, estrogen is the ONLY known cause of uterine cancers. Iodine is also protects against both cancers. So, for women on HRT, estrogen only therapies, increased iodine in the diet is needed.
It protects against radiation, and was given to workers at Chernobyl in the cleaning up of the nuclear waste, and government workers who may potentially be at risk for radiation poisoning were rationed iodine supplements. It is known that 90% of the blood going to the brain is filtered by the thyroid and clean blood to the brain reduces nervousness, brain fatigue, and “stinking thinking”.
Manganese and magnesium assimilation is also defective when iodine is missing. The reason is the heart beats with calcium and relaxes with magnesium. When you have a deficiency of magnesium, you will find it difficult to relax, or relax your heart.
In children, the thyroid does not function normally until age 2 or 3, but for some children that function isn’t complete until ages 5-12. Iodine during the growth of children is therefore essential to help protect growing children against toxins in their systems.
Iodine is essential for regulating the thyroid gland, manufacturing the hormone thyroxin to control the metabolism of the body, affecting growth rate, digestion, and the burning up of excess fat. It regulates cholesterol levels, prevents cretinism in newborns when taken by the pregnant women, it’s essential for energy production, prevention of anemia, necessary for lymphatic system (this is where the body destroys a lot of toxins), and protects against toxins in the brain.
Essential for the health of the thyroid gland, Iodine plays a crucial role in regulating body metabolism, including how quickly it burns calories. When supplied with sufficient iodine, the thyroid produces two iodine-containing hormones called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). These iodine-dependent hormones produced by the thyroid also control body temperature, physical growth, reproduction, and the growth of skin and hair.