Iodine Deficiency May Cause Major Health Issues

Is the battle of the bulge a constant in your life? Iodine deficiency can present unwarranted increases in body fat, as well as neurological, mental, reproductive and immune problems.

Iodine plays a critical role in apoptosis or “cellular death.” With the correct nutritional support, we can stave off early cellular demise. All cells in the body die off at varying rates and release metabolites. Often a burden to the system, clearance of these toxic metabolites may be stunted and decrease immunity. Problems can crop up, such as increased pain and inflammation, sluggish memory and focus, scanty monthly cycles, diminished reproductive capability, tanking energy and blood sugar and blood pressure concerns. Even cancers have greater opportunity to express.

Every single cell in your body needs iodine to function properly. The RDA recommended daily dose is 1,000 mcg, or 1 mg., which may actually be far too low for many. For example, women with large breasts need more iodine than women with smaller breasts or men.

The Great Lakes region in the Midwest is termed “Thyroid Alley” or the “Goiter Belt.” During the ’90s, studies showed iodine could reverse and resolve fibrocystic breast disease, as well as uterine fibroids. They found all reproductive disorders, as well as thyroid cancer and thyroid nodules, were linked to iodine deficiency.

A myriad of studies also indicated a link between iodine deficiency and prostate, breast, uterine, ovarian and testicular cancers. During pregnancy, iodine deficiency could lead to miscarriages and reduced IQ-levels in offspring. The World Health Organization espouses that iodine deficiency is the largest single cause of mental retardation. Without enough iodine, the body cannot rid itself of heavy metals — such as mercury, fluorides, chlorides, and bromides.

With doses ranging from 12.5 mg to 50 mg per day (for diabetics, up to 100 mg a day,) researchers found cystic problems reversed, and diabetics needed less insulin. Patients on thyroid medications required less medication, while migraine sufferers stopped having migraines.

An iodine deficiency increases the risk of developing thyroid, endometrial and prostate cancer. The Japanese consume 100 times the RDA’s recommended dosage, or 13.6 mg a day on an average. They have the lowest incidence of thyroid disease, as well as the aforementioned cancers.

To touch on the vanity aspect in all of us, iodine helps to metabolize excess fat!

If you take too much iodine it can produce a metallic taste, sores in the mouth, swollen glands, or diarrhea and vomiting. Keep in mind that dietary “overdosing” on foods such as cabbage, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, spinach and turnips can block the uptake of iodine.


About Deborah Arneson

Deborah Arneson holds a B.S. in Food Science, a M.S. in Counseling Psychology and is a licensed clinical nutritionist. A veteran in her field, she specializes in solving hormonal imbalances: increasing energy, focus, moods, eliminating anxiety, constipation and sleep problems though one on one nutrition counseling and Ayurvedic practices.