By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC

hair follicle testingIodine is needed for optimal thyroid function which helps support optimal metabolism, weight loss and body temperature. If iodine is low the person may be suffering from being overweight, infertility, dry skin, constipation, fatigue, frustration, depression, feeling cold, and may have hair loss. Iodine also helps prevent calories from turning into fat. It also helps remove certain toxins from the body. Iodine deficiencies are also a top reason for mental retardation. The body needs an equivalent to ¼ tsp of iodized salt each day or 100-200mcg of iodine in supplement form.

Iodine sources: seaweed, kelp, shellfish, garlic, Lima beans, Swiss chard, summer squash, sesame seeds, soybeans, spinach, turnip greens, canned sardines, canned tuna, dulse, other fish including shrimp and iodized salt.

Other health benefits of iodine include healthy energy levels, healthy teeth and gums, healthy pregnancies, strong immune system and cancer prevention.

I remember when my youngest was a baby, he had failure to thrive. My breast milk was not good enough for him plus the regular baby formulas did not settle well in his stomach. I called a few local vitamin shops and a lady originally from the island of Jamaica taught me how to make a baby formula from Irish moss tea. As soon as I started giving this formula to my son he started growing and growing. It was loaded with nutrients from the sea including iodine. I also mixed goat milk in the drink to add protein to it.

Iodine testing with hair follicle testing shows you what the tissue level is on iodine. It is more accurate then blood testing.

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Medical disclaimer: Hair follicle testing and other tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.

“Health Benefits Of Iodine | Organic Facts”. Organic Facts. N.p., 2008. Web. 14 July 2016.