Feb. 13, 2017; by Briana McDonald (UtopiaSilver.com) Iodine is a trace mineral that plays a crucial role in our overall growth and development. Iodine is best known for its role in proper thyroid hormone production since without it, thyroid hormones could not even be synthesized. Hormones are our body’s master regulators, so if you feel you are experiencing hormonal imbalances, you may want to try hormonal balancing with iodine to get back your health and vitality.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
For women, some symptoms of hormonal imbalance include:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Weight Gain
- Mood Swings
- Foggy Memory
- Low libido
- Polycystic Ovarian Disease
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease
- Autoimmune Diseases
For men, the symptoms are very similar including:
- Heart Palpitations
- Prostate Disorders
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Hair Loss
- Abnormal Blood Sugars/ Diabetes
People often mistake the symptoms of imbalanced hormones with the aging process. The good news is most often hormone losses and imbalances are easily correctable and iodine is an important piece of the puzzle.
Why Iodine is a Vital Nutrient for Hormone Balance
Iodine controls the functioning of the thyroid gland in the body which has a significant influence on the metabolic processes. It aids in the optimal utilization of calories which also helps to prevent the storage of excess fat. Iodine is required to ensure the proper development of a healthy metabolism and sets the base metabolic rate. This metabolic rate sets the body’s absorption of food, sleep cycles and the transformation of food into usable energy.
Hormones like thyroxin and triodothyronine influence heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and temperature. The body maintains the base metabolic rate with the help of these hormones which aids in protein synthesis, ensuring their normal creation and distribution in the body. You can see why having enough iodine in the thyroid gland (and overall cells of the body) is essential for your well being. (1.)
Natural Sources of Iodine
Natural sources of iodine can be found in large quantities of the following:
- Marine plants and animals
- Brown seaweed kelp
- Deep-water whitefish
- Lima beans
- Swiss chard
- Summer squash
- Sesame seeds
- Turnip greens
- Iodized salt
It was once thought that the addition of iodized salt to the food supply would be adequate but it doesn’t appear to be enough for optimal hormone function. Due to the exposure of other chemicals in our environment such as chloride, bromide, and fluoride which is known to block iodine in the body, our ability to absorb this vital nutrient has plummeted. When supplementing iodine keep in mind that at the beginning of taking it you can experience a detoxification reaction with symptoms of nausea or headaches as the chemicals are released.
You may want to have your iodine levels tested as a means of ruling out what could be creating the imbalance. The iodine test is done by giving a large dose of iodine and then testing how much iodine is excreted into the urine. The target therapeutic goal is to the 90% of the iodine pass into the urine indicating that the tissues have enough iodine to perform optimally. (2.)
Hormone balancing with iodine is a simple and effective therapy to help the body get back on track.