The Iodine Blog

Iodine has been in the news a lot lately because of the devasting tsunami in Japan. First of all, Iodine is a trace mineral required by the body for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). I'm hypothyroid and I've been supplementing with Thorne Research's Iodine/Tyrosine combo for years. I guess I'm ahead of my time because now everyone wants this supplement to avoid the affects of potential radiation. Click here to listen to what Dr. John Douillard has to say about this situation.

It's been reported that 72% of the worlds population is iodine deficient. Now if you are hyperthyroid (a fast metabolizer) you may want to avoid taking in too much iodine. Symptoms of excessive iodine intake include vomiting, heart palpitations and dizziness or vertigo. I suggest you talk to a doctor or endocrinologist before embarking upon hard core iodine supplementation. Although there's nothing wrong with adding some iodine-rich foods to your diet if you are not hyperthyroid such as the following:

I want to let you know what the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) is doing to help the victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami disaster. IIN will match all donations (up to $10,000) made by members of the Integrative Nutrition community to fund Save the Children's relief efforts in Japan. Click here for more information.

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