One of the most common nutritional deficiencies is iodine. Every cell in the body needs iodine. And, iodine is necessary for thyroid function and the production of thyroid hormones.
So, it is no surprise that the thyroid is the most common organ that we find that needs support in our office. But should you take iodine for thyroid function?
When we find an organ weak with Nutrition Response Testing we are finding an organ under stress. This is very different from medical doctors find with blood work, ultrasounds, and other diagnostic tools that they use. Medical Doctors are often looking for disease or pathology. We are looking for optimum function. An organ can appear normal to a medical doctor; but, still test weak with Nutrition Response Testing. This is an important difference. We can fix problems before they become a “diagnosis.”
The thyroid is easily affected by toxins in our environment (chlorine, bromine, and fluorine are especially problematic). So, supporting the body with detoxification is frequently part of a nutritional program for the thyroid.
Some common thyroid symptoms we see in our office are:
- headaches (especially in the morning),
- weight gain or loss
- neck and shoulder pain
- hair loss
- low libido
- irritable bowel symptoms
- neck swelling
- heart palpitations or racing
- poor circulation and feeling cold
Some foods that are good sources of iodine are kelp, seafood, seaweed, and pastured egg yolks. Iodine supplementation is often needed to restore good mineral balance in the body. Ask your practitioner to test you for an iodine supplement on your next visit.
If you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms come and see what the difference could be for you. Symptoms often occur before any blood work would show abnormal thyroid function. Let us help you to be your best!
Yours in health, Kerry