Ideally, we should get all the nutrition that our bodies need from the foods that we eat. But in this day and age, sometimes that is nearly impossible to achieve. There are a handful of nutrients that are so vital to good health, we must supplement on a regular basis in order to be fully healthy. Just like with organic sulfur and vitamin K2 (more on this coming soon), Iodine is at the top of that list. The benefits of Iodine supplementation are so broad, and the prevalence of Iodine deficiency is so widespread, that it’s safe to say the vast majority of the population will benefit from supplementing with Iodine.
What are some of the benefits of Iodine supplementation?
- Supercharges energy production and fires up metabolism
- Easier weight management
- Healthy hormone balance
- Promotes cardiovascular health
- Strong immune system support
- Mental focus, sharp thinking & better recall
- Normal fetal development
- Pregnancy & reproductive health
- Conversion of carcinogenic estrogen and progesterone hormone metabolites
- Reduces migraine headaches
- Reduces effects of radiation exposure
- Healthy nails, hair and teeth
What are some of the signs of an Iodine deficiency?
- Weight gain
- Difficulty losing weight
- Sluggishness, fatigue, or exhaustion
- Brain fog, confusion, and lack of mental clarity
- Memory loss
- Lower than normal (98.6 F) Body temperature
- Intolerant to cold
- Hair loss
- Dry skin
- Cracked heels
- Brittle nails
- Sparse eyebrow hair on the outer third of the eyebrow
- Coarse, dry hair
- Frequent muscle aches or cramps
- Decreased libido
- Difficulty managing stress
- Poor digestive function
- Inadequate stomach acid production
- Fibrocystic breast lumps
- Breast cancer
- Abnormal or heavy menstruation
- Thyroid problems
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Low immunity – easily catching colds or flu viruses
How do you know if you are Iodine deficient and need to supplement?
GET TESTED! There is no way to know for sure unless you get tested. Do an internet search for labs or doctors in your area that that test for Iodine. Read the book The Iodine Crisis by Lynne Farrow for essential information about Iodine and your health. You can read a great interview with Lynne on this blog. But if you are like over 95% of the US population, you can bet that you are either Iodine deficient or, even worse, Iodine depleted. Unless you eat A LOT of seaweed and seafood every day (which may not be safe anymore due to pollutants in the oceans), your body is not getting sufficient Iodine. The RDA for Iodine is a ridiculously low 150 micrograms, while the average Japanese person consumes around 14.2 milligrams per day, nearly 100 times more! Read all about this in The Iodine Crisis. Since it’s also possible to take too much Iodine, it’s a good idea to not only get tested at the beginning of supplementing, but again after 2-3 months to gauge where your levels are.
What are some of the benefits of Iodine that I’ve noticed personally?
Since I began supplementing with Lugol’s Iodine last summer, after testing extremely low for Iodine, I’ve noticed several positive effects that I’m thrilled to report. First of all, the dry, cracking skin that I’m accustomed to having during dry winter months, has become non-existent this past winter. Even though I continue to heat my home with only wood, which is a very dry heat, my skin has not been the slightest bit dry this winter. It did not crack open once or even come close. It seemed to take a few months for my chronic dry skin to change for the better, but that happened just in time for the winter months, which is proof to me that iodine has made a huge improvement in my skin. In addition, I’m loosing much less hair when I take a shower, and I experience much less brain fog than I did before. Lastly, it also seems that my immune system is now stronger than ever.
The Lugol’s Iodine Plus Advantage
The Lugol’s Iodine Plus that we sell is different from any other Iodine product on the market and superior in many ways. Whether you choose liquid or capsule, both forms contain both Iodine and Iodide (our bodies need both types) and deliver them directly to all cells of the body in an organic form – the way Nature does it. Other Lugol’s preparations are NOT organic and may not work as well. Lugol’s Iodine Plus contains additional nutrients that are necessary for iodine to be used by the body such as Selenium, Zinc, Vitamin C, B, and other trace minerals. It also contain Fulvic Acid which significantly helps to transport Iodine into the cells of the body along with all 74+ Macro, Micro, and Trace Minerals and Elements naturally carried by Fulvic. This is without questions the best Iodine supplement on the market.
Please share your Iodine success stories! You’re bound to notice positive changes once your Iodine levels are restored.