Many elements shape and support our bodies, with minerals being a crucial part of the basic nutritional foundation of our health. They support physical connection and vitality, both within our relationship to the earth and within the inner working harmony of our bodies.
Iodine the Goddess mineral
Iodine has many vital roles in the body and is found in every organ and tissue, in fact every cell in the body has an Iodine receptor. Iodine is most commonly known for its essential support for a healthy and balanced thyroid, but has many more roles ranging from balancing estrogen levels, an antibiotic to detoxification.
The thyroid which is a complex master endocrine gland that governs energy, hormones and affects nearly every organ in the body, lies in the fifth throat chakra. The colour of the chakra is blue and holds the energy of expression and if imbalanced is associated with emotional traumas from childhood. We live in a time where more people then ever have thyroid issues. Thyroid imbalances are more common in women then in men, and can often be linked to a family history of female relatives with various thyroid imbalances. There are many contributing factors that affect the delicate balance of the thyroid; our Iodine intake from diet, our exposure to chlorine (in tap water and swimming pools), bromide (found in bread) and fluoride all block iodine receptors. Estrogen dominance also blocks Iodine absorption along with a number of medications.
Why is Iodine the goddess mineral? It is concentrated in the thyroid, breast tissue and ovaries. Is interconnected with estrogen levels. Dry skin issues and the inability to sweat. Helps metabolism and therefore weight management and is crucial for reproductive health, both with fertility issues and the mental development of the growing fetus. Iodine has been linked to impaired mental development, which is of great concern as we are seeing a growing trend in learning disabilities and challenges among our young.
Another incredibly favorable factor of Iodine is that it detoxes the body. This does not occur lightly as iodine is a halogen and can detox fluoride, Chlorine and bromine. Dr. Gabriel Cousins believes iodine is also able to detox Mercury.
It has been estimated that 40% of the worlds population is Iodine deficient, however Dr. Bronner a leading Iodine expert based in the United States has shared that a staggering 95% of his patients are Iodine deficient. If one is consuming a Japanese diet of sea vegetables and seafood, where the daily average intake is 13.8 mg then getting adequate Iodine through diet alone is possible, however for most of us supplementation is necessary.
Iodine interacts with everything, and is best taken in a glass of water, first thing upon rising in the morning on an empty stomach. 30minutes before consuming food or drink. I like Nascent Iodine and have experienced very positive affects with it. I suggest that everyone starts with a minimal dose and slowly over time increases their dosage. Work with your doctor or holistic practitioner for guidance.
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There are many ways one can check their Iodine levels. Clearly, the ideal way to to have the support of your health care provider and do some testing, however this is not an option for all. In that case, do the skin patch test, you will do this on a area that is soft and at a pulse point, like the inside of the wrist. Use a Nascent Iodine dropper and drop just ONE drop into your skin, gentle rub it around, it will be a mustard yellow colour. Now watch and time how long it takes for the Iodine to absorb, if it takes around 24hours for the Iodine to absorb, your body needs extra Iodine.