Importance of Iodine in Our Bodies

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Here at The Balance You Need we have written articles regarding the importance of Iodine in our bodies. To read our article that covers the complete history of Iodine, after you read this one, please click here. But recently, we stumbled onto a video that discusses exactly what the lack of Iodine can do to our bodies when left untreated.

This video is of Dr. Jorge D. Flechas, M.D. speaking to an audience of medical professionals about how the medical community has overlooked how important the Iodine is to the human body.


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First, let’s start by discussing exactly how Iodine plays an important role for our daily bodily functions from infants to adults;

Hormone Receptors and Iodine-All hormone receptors are dependent on Iodine, which increases the sensitivity of the receptor to the hormone it is designed for.  For example, it can increase the sensitivity of insulin receptors and thus help with diabetes.  Similarly, it can increase the sensitivity of the receptors for neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin, dopamine, etc) in the brain.  Thus, depression may lift after taking Iodine and become a natural anti-depressant.

Histidine and Histamine-Histidine is the precursor for histamine.  Anti-histamines are used to control runny noses, hives, and itching.  Iodine inhibits the conversion of histidine to histamine, thus reducing itching, hives, etc. In essence; a holistic allergy remedy.

Iodine and Heavy Metals-When taking Iodine, there is an increased excretion in the urine of arsenic, mercury, lead, aluminum, and other toxic metals.  Iodine is selective in that it leaves the essential metals (e.g., iron) and removes the toxic ones. Bottom line is that Iodine is a huge anti-oxidant!

Bromide-Bromide builds up in the Central Nervous System and results in many problems.  In the 1920s Bromo-Seltzer was a bromide-based medicine that used to be used for hangovers, calming the stomach, and headaches.  It often resulted in acute paranoid psychosis with large doses.  Today, beverages (Mountain Dew, Fresca, and citric Gatorade) contain bromide in the form of “brominated vegetable oil”.  It is used as an emulsifier in citrus-flavored soft drinks.  The bromide functions as a Central Nervous System depressant and triggers a number of symptoms like paranoia.

When Iodine gets into the cells, it kicks the bromide out. Bromide then increases in the blood stream and goes to the kidneys.  Chloride pushes bromide into the urine, thus getting rid of it.

Iodine in the Skin-20% of the body’s Iodine is in the skin.  Iodine in the skin helps your body be able to sweat. Since sweating is a way for the body to rid toxins, Iodine is indirectly become a detoxifier in this instant also. If you are not able to sweat, the more toxic you will become.

Iodine and Pregnancy-The IQ of a child is mostly set by the age of two.  Adequate Iodine during pregnancy and the first two years of life can increase IQ by 15 points of the child.  If there is low Iodine but high fluoride, it can result in cretinism (severe mental retardation).

Iodine and the Breast-Iodine is very important to the breast.  Iodine deficiency results in fibrocystic breasts, which can be cured with adequate Iodine.  If left without Iodine, the fibrocystic breasts can develop breast cancer.

Iodine and the developing fetusThe first place that you will see the fetus develop Iodine is in the stomach, long before the thyroid even begins to develop. Therefore, the source of Iodine must come from the mother.

How Does an Iodine Deficiency Affect the Body?  

Research work has shown that Iodine deficiency in the thyroid presents as a Thyroid Goiter (enlargement of the thyroid). In those areas of the world where Iodine deficiency is very high, such as in Switzerland and in certain areas of Asia and Africa, there are also higher incidents of thyroid cancer.

Iodine is also concentrated by breast tissue, and a lack of Iodine in the breasts manifests as fibrocystic breast disease (painful breasts with nodules and cysts and often more symptomatic prior to menstrual periods). 93% of American women have fibrocystic breast disease and the longer this disease exists, the higher the potential risk for development of breast cancer.

20% of all Iodine in the human body is stored in the skin, specifically in the sweat glands. Lack of Iodine in the sweat glands manifests as dry skin with a decreased ability to sweat.

Iodine can also be concentrated in the stomach tissue, and the lack of Iodine in the stomach manifests as achlorhydria (lack of digestive acid production). Iodine is used by the stomach cells, also known as parietal cells, to concentrate chloride which is necessary to produce hydrochloric acid (digestive acid). With the prolonged presence of achlorhydria, there is a much higher incidence of stomach cancer.

Iodine is concentrated in the lacrymal glands of the eye, and a lack of Iodine can cause dry eyes.

Iodine can also be concentrated in the parotid and submandibular glands of the mouth, and Iodine deficiency here can result in dry mouth.

Iodine can be concentrated in the ovaries and the greater the Iodine deficiency, the more ovarian cysts a woman produces. In its extreme form, this condition is known as polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, which can later turn into ovarian cancer.

Is Iodine Necessary for Women’s Health?

So why do women mostly suffer from thyroid diseases and men do not? It is the Estrogen!

Estrogen inhibits the body’s ability to absorb Iodine. It has been established that the U.S. is one of the most Iodine deficient countries in the world, so it is really no wonder that for every 1 male here in the U.S. that suffers from a thyroid disease, there are 15 women who also suffer from a thyroid disease or complication thereof.

If you give the human body Iodine, you give the thyroid the ability to make thyroid hormone. Studies are showing the medical community that the absence of Iodine in the human body is a promoter of cancer as previously stated in this article. So it is absolutely vital that women (and everyone else!) begin supplementing their diets with a pure source of Iodine as soon as possible.

Where Do I Get Iodine?

Fortunately, there is a natural whole food supplement that contains Iodine. One such is Body Balance, which is a select blend of nine sea vegetables, and Aloe Vera. Body Balance is a liquid, therefore the absorption rate is at an astounding 98%. This is a perfect way to get the amount of seaweed that the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission suggests without having to actually CHEW seaweed (if you are wondering, Body Balance tastes great with a bit of Black Cherry added for flavor).

Furthermore, for people that have Thyroid issues, Body Balance, as a natural whole food supplement, can provide the Iodine that is needed to have a healthful Thyroid.

You can read more about the total benefits of Sea Vegetables and Aloe Vera on the “Benefits of Sea Vegetables” and “Benefits of Aloe Vera” pages. To get details on Body Balance, visit our “Body Balance Detailed Information” page.

Finally, if you would like to order Body Balance, go to our Body Balance page.

Here’s to your Thyroid Health!

The Balance You Need Team

Health Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The statements and products are not intended to diagnose, cure, prevent or treat any diseases.

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