How To Kick Your Thyroid’s Ass: More Thyroid Hormone, Please!: How To Get More Iodine Into Your Diet
Depending on your disease and condition — whether hypo or hyper; autoimmune, cancer, nodules, goiter; active or in remission — you may be interested in getting more iodine in your diet. Iodine is especially hard for us modern peoples to come by, mainly because our soil has been demineralized and is often void of the nutrient. Also, if we’re eating processed foods that have been manipulated and denatured of their natural vitamins and minerals, we could be iodine deficient. Although, if you eat wild-caught seafood on a weekly basis, you may be able to acquire adequate iodine for your body.
Iodine is essential in healthy thyroid function because our bodies utilize iodine to create the thyroid hormone. Without iodine, this hormone cannot be made. Also, the “Bromide Dominance Theory” goes that many people are iodine-deficient (and therefore have thyroid hormone problems) because of all the bromides in our environment. Bromides are a class of halides (the same as iodine), and therefore are an endocrine disruptor because they displace iodine in our bodies.
I’ve mentioned before that although our table salt is iodized (in order to get more iodine into the population) table salt is truly a processed food, just like white sugar and white flour; it is nothing as occurs in nature and has been manipulated and had chemicals and heavy metals added. On the other hand, sea salt is natural, from-the-earth, able to be utilized by our bodies, and does contain natural iodine. If you’re looking to increase your iodine intake, start by making the simple switch to natural sea salt (I like the Real Salt company).
Recently I’ve started incorporating other sources of iodine into my diet. Along with weekly seafood and fish (those lowest in mercury!), I have also come across Sea Chips, by the Maine Coast Sea Vegetables company, at my local health food store. They’re organic corn chips coated in a light dusting of seaweeds and onion powder, which, yes, happens to be very delicious and healthy all-at-once (though not low-glycemic). According to the site, the chips are, “100% Organic ingredients in a low sodium, ’salty-tasting’ chip with no salt added. Our secret is the sea veggies’ rich amount of mineral salts and trace elements – a serving contains twice as much potassium as sodium, along with magnesium, calcium, iron, etc. Certified organic dulse, kelp, garlic, and onion powders flavor organic stone ground whole corn. Our Sea Chips™ are first baked to minimize frying time and oil content, then lightly fried using certified organic high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oils that are high in monounsaturates and low in cholesterol. Our suppliers assure us their corn is GMO free…”.
In my new studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (yes, I’m officially a student, on my way to becoming a [holistic] health counselor, yay!) it was suggested to try a seaweed shaker. This is basically a salt shaker you can find at the health food store that is full of micro seaweed flakes that you can shake onto your food, in place of salt, or simply to add a new dimension of flavor to soups, salads, grains, sauces, and dressings (Maine Coast Sea Vegetables, the same company as aforementioned, also happens to sell these). I’ve been sprinkling a few shakes (you really don’t need alot) onto my food at one or two meals each day and know that I’m affording my body minerals, vitamins, and of course, iodine. This is an easy way to add iodine to your diet because it requires nothing more than a shake of your wrist and even if you can’t stand the flavor, chances are, you won’t be able to detect the taste as you would if the dish contained big strips of seaweed.
As always, discern what is best for your health and your unique condition and situation… and, enjoy!
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