I posted yesterday about how to find out if you are deficient in iodine. Now, letâ€™s say that you find that your body needs iodine. What do you do?
Dr. Natasha said that you can keep painting iodine on your skin and let your body absorb it as it needs it.
I say, it probably doesnâ€™t hurt to focus on eating foods that are naturally rich in iodine. Note that I said naturally rich, not foods that are supplemented with iodine. The great thing about our body is that if we need iodine rich foods (and weâ€™re not full of â€œbad bacteriaâ€ and yeast), our body will crave just the right foods. We will eat as much as we need and then stop–our body is brilliant (created by an intelligent designer!) and it knows when to stop. Unless weâ€™re feeding the yeast. See, we screwed the whole system up when we started supplementing processed foods with iodine. We started feeding the yeast in our body, as well as the need for iodine. The yeast gets hungry & says â€œfeed me!â€ so it IS possible to over-eat on processed carbs…Therefore, suddenly (thanks to the â€œfoods of modern commerceâ€), some people are consuming too much iodine for their bodies.
Stick to whole, real foods and you wonâ€™t have this problem.
Foods to eat if you are deficient in iodine:
- Unrefined sea salt
- Raw Cowâ€™s Milk Pasteurization destroys 20% of the iodine in milk.
- Navy Beans
- Fish broth
- Mozzarella Cheese Traditionally made with the milk with the highest cream content–low fat â€œstring cheeseâ€ wonâ€™t do!
A person who is deficient in iodine must eat local, organic foods as much as possible. Pesticides deplete iodine in the soil. Without iodine in the soil, all of the above foods will be lacking iodine. Buy your food from farms that treat the soil like a living organism that needs great care.
Vitamin A (found primarily in animal fats) helps the body absorb iodine. Make sure to get plenty of good animal fats in your diet. I cannot emphasize this enough. Our culture is still stuck on the Lipid Hyptothesis of the 1980â€™s, claiming that low fat (over processed and created in laboratories) food is better for us than whole, real, food. Products continue to sell based on this lie. Do not buy into it–real food–real fat (yes, lard, bacon grease, tallow, butter, cream) are necessary for many body functions, including iodine absorption. Your body needs it.
And if youâ€™re deficient in iodine, you must cook or ferment the following foods or they will block your iodine absorption:(if the body isnâ€™t being driven by yeast and bad bacteria, these foods, raw, will taste bitter to a person who is deficient in iodine):
- Brussels Sprouts
- Bok Choy
- Mustard Seeds
- Pine Nuts
Other foods/chemicals that block iodine absorption:
- Refined white sugar. Makes the thyroid work overtime and literally burns out the thyroid gland.
- Bisphenol A Found in plastic.
- Mercury Sits on the iodine receptors in the thyroid, blocking iodine from sitting in its rightful place.
- Gluten Increases thyroid antibody levels.
- Soybeans, soy oil, soy proteins
- Pasteurized milk Grain fed cows fed on feedlots lack iodine. Pasteurization kills iodine. Antibiotics and growth hormones (which come free with pasteurized milk) block iodine. Synthetic and inorganic vitamins are added to pasteurized milk which can cause a whole host of problems.
Avoid refined, processed, bleached iodized salt and every food that contains it. It is inorganic iodine and your body does not respond to it the same as it does to real food that is rich in iodine. Too much inorganic iodine can create symptoms that are similar to low thyroid. In other words, it utterly confuses your body! Avoid it! It is best to get your iodine from real foods that are rich in iodine.
Do you think youâ€™re low in iodine? What changes have you made to keep your thyroid healthy? What changes do you plan to make?
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