Your life depends on it

People often tell me they have or think they have an iodine allergy. Often the assumption is based on an episode after eating shellfish or fish, they developed a skin rash. Sometimes they will talk about tingling lips which become red,  puffy,  hot  and  itchy.  Others  will  remember  finding  it  difficult  to  breathe,  something  like  an  asthma  attack.  In some instances, medical help had to be found to calm the symptoms. Why do these people relate their reaction to iodine? Most people know that all foods from the sea are rich in iodine. Therefore, they come to the conclusion that their reaction is due to this mineral. They are probably reacting to the protein found in fish and shellfish. Very often these foods can also become quite toxic if not eaten absolutely fresh. There is nothing worse than food poisoning from seafood!

Iodine allergy is very rare. Why? Simply put, iodine is an essential nutrient needed daily for good health. The body hardly ever causes reactions to vital nutrients. 80% of all iodine in the body, is found in the thyroid gland. Hence its importance.  The  thyroid  gland  is  in  control  of  many  body  systems  and  it  cannot  function  well  without  adequate quantities  of  iodine.  A  deficiency  in  iodine  can  cause  the  thyroid  gland  to  become  unbalanced  creating  the  well- known swollen look, also known as a Goiter.

As most of the iodine in the body is utilised by the thyroid gland, it stands to reason that excessive intake of iodine will  directly  affect  the  gland.  This  is  only  possible  if  20  times  the  daily  allowance  of  120  micrograms  is  consumed over a period of time. This can happen if people take pure kelp tablets for a long time. Sometimes this  is done to help  control  weight,  as  the  thyroid  gland  is  often  blamed  for  overweight  problems.  Directly,  the  gland  cannot  be held  responsible.  Over-eating  of  carbohydrates,  sugar  and  fat  is  usually  the  culprit  at  work!  Lack  of  exercise contributes to a lower metabolic rate, something which the thyroid gland is also blamed for!

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