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Definitely not! ... it is an essential trace mineral that is essential!
The thyroid, a butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of our neck., is the master gland of metabolism. When your thyroid isn't functioning well, it can affect every aspect of your health. The word “thyroid” comes from the Greek word for “shield,” and this powerful little gland is truly one of our great defenders.
The thyroid gland synthesizes thyroid hormones and iodine is crucial for the proper function of the thyroid. A lack of iodine can lead to a swollen thyroid gland, fatigue, weakened immunity, metabolic disorders, weight gain and even anxiety or depression.
It is said that most of us are quite deficient in iodine and there are several reasons for that, including our depleted soil and growing conditions as well as the abundant consumption of refined and processed foods. Our common table salt also plays a part ... Idodine deficiency has been a significant public health problem and in the 1920's was added by the government to our table salt to eliminate the condition known as Goiter - an enlarged thyroid gland. Hence 'iodized salt'. The problem was somewhat alleviated until salt became the culprit named in hypertension and heart disease. Salt became the bad guy and we cut it from our diets ... that was good and bad! Commercial table salt is typically 97.5%-99.9% sodium chloride and full of additives, fluoride, anti-caking agents, excessive amounts of potassium iodide and other poisons. Many versions of commercial salt also contain aluminum derivatives, which are known to be highly toxic. These additives can cause discoloration in salt, so bleaching agents are then used to restore the desirable white color. So it's a good thing to stop using table salt but we need to be replacing the iodine with a healthy source!
Himalayan crystal salt is a much better alternative to table salt. Himalayan salt has matured over millions of years without many of the toxins and pollutants that pervade other forms of ocean salt. And, best of all, this salt has the same 84 natural minerals and elements found inside the human body! (more on salt in my next newsletter)
Fortunately, there is an abundance of iodine on this planet and Sea Vegetables have some of the highest concentrations found in any food. If you have yet to add these tasty morsels into your diet ... you are in for a treat!
There are a variety sea vegetables that are both readily available and easy to add into your diet. Some of the main sea vegetables are chlorella, spirulina, kelp and dulse. Chlorella and spirulina are both great sources of minerals and spirulina is actually one of the most protein dense foods on the planet. Kelp, dulse and arame are great because they are very mineral rich, and both contain iodine which, as we now know, is a crucial trace mineral required for thyroid health!
So there you have it! Get chlorella, spirulina, kelp, arame and dulse in your diet, in your salads and into your life and you will get those sea minerals that your body needs and loves! Hop over here for one of our favorite sea vegetable recipes.
If you're looking for other iodine-rich foods - try: organic cranberries; organic yogurt; organic navy beans; organic strawberries; asparagus, peaches, garlic and grapefruit, Himalayan crystal salt or potatoes - are all good choices.