Many people are concerned about iodine when it comes to hypothyroidism and Hashimoto's thyroiditis . To understand whether iodine is helpful or harmful to a person with an underactive and/or inflamed thyroid gland, we need to think about it in the context of what is the undiscovered cause of the thyroid problem: the Epstein-Barr virus .

Iodine is a disinfectant effective in killing both viruses and bacteria. You've probably used it or heard that it's used as an antiseptic to clean wounds and prevent infection. When high-quality iodine enters a person's body, through diet or nutritional supplements, it applies the same germ-fighting ability. It also means that a person with iodine deficiency is more vulnerable to bacterial and viral infections. So if you have an EBV thyroid infection that causes hypothyroidism and/or Hashimoto's , you don't want to be iodine deficient because that can lead to greater susceptibility to EBV , which in turn leads to susceptibility to thyroid disease. thyroid gland .

Why is there so much confusion about iodine and thyroid? Because when iodine reaches the thyroid gland, it kills viral cells at a very high intensity, which in turn can temporarily increase inflammation. Patients in whom EBV causes only mild hypothyroidism can often do well with iodine, which is beneficial because it can help tame the virus before it progresses to the point where it causes Hashimoto's . On the other hand, too much iodine at once for a person with high thyroiditis (EBV infection of the thyroid gland) can be overwhelming because it starts killing so many viral cells, so quickly, that the inflammatory response can be very strong and unpleasant.

This inflammation is often mistaken for an autoimmune reaction. A popular concern is that iodine causes an overproduction of thyroid hormones that the body perceives as foreign invaders, prompting the immune system to attack the thyroid gland. This theory is wrong. It misses the most important factor of all – that Hashimoto's is the result of a viral infection.

One of the key factors for people with hypothyroidism is to avoid complete iodine deficiency. Avoiding iodine deficiency can help prevent thyroid cancer , breast cancer, brain cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, mouth and jaw cancer, and more. Since most cancers are caused by pathogens, iodine is your ally because it is an antiseptic to these pathogens. Involved in over 5,000 chemical functions in the body, almost all of which have not been discovered by medical science and research, iodine provides important support for both the thyroid gland and the immune system.

If you are a doctor or other medical practitioner, never assume that a person who comes to you for help is not iodine deficient just because we live in modern times. While you, as a health-conscious professional, probably try to eat a nutrient-dense diet that includes some natural sources of iodine and probably use techniques to keep stress from taking over your life, that doesn't mean someone else isn't consuming soda, energy drinks, candy, donuts, and white bread on a daily basis while dealing with excessive amounts of stress. Regular doses of unproductive factors - such as carbonated drinks, caffeine, corn syrup, refined flour and constant excess adrenaline - deprive the body of valuable trace elements such as iodine. Iodine deficiency can be inherited at birth.

The invention of iodized salt did not eliminate iodine deficiency. Iodine, which is added to some types of table salt, is only partially beneficial for the thyroid gland and the immune system. In some cases, it may never even reach the thyroid gland. Just as we don't think eating enriched white bread is a healthy nutritional diet, we can't count on cheap "enriched" salt sprinkled on poor quality food to solve our problems. Using iodized salt as a source of iodine is like taking out auto insurance on the rear left door of the car. If the car is in an accident, insuring one item won't be enough to cover the claim – just like the iodine from iodized salt won't do much for a health problem.

The world has different needs for iodine than years ago. A large part of the population has immune system sensitivities. It is now almost impossible to get out of iodine deficiency. Today we live with microbes like never before. Mutated strains of bacteria and viruses like strep and EBV , as well as superbugs like methicillin-resistant staphylococcus (MRSA), accompanied by a bombardment of toxins and, not infrequently, an extraordinary amount of stress. Along with that, the radiation factor also increases. Even the radiation from an X-ray of the teeth or from mobile phones is enough to deplete some of our iodine reserves. Now that we are facing so many more demanding challenges than ever, our immune systems need to be stronger and as a result, our bodies use up iodine faster than ever. It is not enough that, for the most part, we have a little more iodine in our bodies than we used to have. Because of these increased needs and their physical consequences, today's iodine deficiency has more serious health consequences than iodine deficiency in the 1950s, 1960s, or even 1970s.

Although blood tests can sometimes detect traces of iodine in the blood, it is very elusive, so the tests are not completely reliable. A quick tip is nail coloring. If your nails don't have a healthy color, you may be suffering from an iodine deficiency. Some real signs that iodine deficiency is showing are chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs), chronic sinus infections, acne , Helicobacter pylori infection, ulcers, boils, catching colds and colds easily, bronchitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis and laryngitis. There are also many subtle symptoms of a lowered immune system caused by iodine deficiency, such as colds, canker sores and mouth sores , styes in the eye, itchy eyes, itchy ears, allergies, postnasal drip, sore throats, chronic coughs, hemorrhoids, swelling of ingrown nails, toenail and fingernail fungus, and cuts or scratches that become infected. It is more important than ever to provide the necessary support to our immune system.

This does not necessarily mean taking iodine supplements. The iodine in Atlantic seaweed such as dulse , kelp, and fucus can be very helpful in boosting the immune system and fighting thyroid infections. You can also turn to US-grown spirulina , leafy greens (including thyme, arugula, spinach and romaine lettuce, red and butter lettuce), onions, sprouts, microgreens, parsley and dandelion greens. If you're wondering whether an iodine supplement is right for you and what type is best, talk to your doctor about high-quality, internal-use atomic iodine. Since it's a trace element, you don't need large amounts of it, so you don't want to overdo iodine. Especially if you have advanced thyroiditis, don't rush to introduce iodine into your life so you don't get overwhelmed by symptoms that thyroid specialists don't even know are viral death symptoms yet.

Also keep in mind that no matter how you get your iodine, zinc brings it to life. Zinc synergistically ignites iodine by "activating" it and making it more bioactive and bioavailable so your body can use it better. When you are deficient in zinc, you cannot retain iodine and it leaves your body very quickly, so you lose out on the healing benefits of iodine even when you are getting plenty of iodine. On the other hand, when you get enough zinc, it allows the body to take the iodine you consume, retain it, and put it to work for you.

Other Thyroid Articles:

"The truth about the thyroid gland" ;
"Thyroid diseases - how it all begins" ;
"Thyroid Diseases - Explaining Your Symptoms (Part 1)" ;
"Thyroid Diseases - Explaining Your Symptoms (Part 2)" ;
"Thyroid Diseases - Explaining Your Symptoms (Part 3)" ;
"Thyroid cancer" ;
"[Video] Do you have Hashimoto's thyroiditis? - Anthony William talks" ;
"Anthony William reveals the truth about zinc" ;
"Anthony William on Life Without a Thyroid Gland" ;
"Powerful healing foods for the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal herbs and nutritional supplements for the thyroid gland" ;
"How celery stem juice helps with thyroid diseases" ;
"Tea for the treatment of the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal broth for the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal juice for the thyroid gland" ;
"Medicinal Thyroid Smoothie" .

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