Iodine and your Thyroid

The most important nutrients to maintain a healthy thyroid are Iodine, Vitamin A, Zinc, Tyrosine, Antioxidants and Vitamin B.”

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the base of your neck. It releases hormones that control metabolism—the way your body uses energy. The thyroid’s hormones regulate vital body functions, including:

  • Breathing
  • Heart rate
  • Central and peripheral nervous systems
  • Body weight
  • Muscle strength
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Body temperature
  • Cholesterol levels
  • Much more!

The thyroid gland is about 2-inches long and lies in front of your throat below the prominence of thyroid cartilage sometimes called the Adam’s apple. The thyroid has two sides called lobes that lie on either side of your windpipe, and is usually connected by a strip of thyroid tissue known as an isthmus. Some people do not have an isthmus, and instead have two separate thyroid lobes.

Iodine is crucial for healthy thyroid function, it is needed for the thyroid to produce the thyroid hormones.  However, most Americans are iodine deficient.  When a doctor does blood work to test our T3 and T4 levels, they are checking the thyroid for iodine levels and most of the time they are low and diagnose us with under active thyroid or Hypothyroidism and put us on a synthetic hormone .  Millions of people in this country are on these synthetic hormones. Hyperthyroidism, is the opposite. This happens when the thyroid produces too much hormone. Treatment for Hyperthyroidism is either radiation or removal.

Types of thyroid disease:

Thyroid Nodules, a lump in the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck.

Hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormone.

Hyperthyroidism, The overproduction of a hormone by the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck (thyroid)

Goiter, abnormal enlargement of the butterfly-shaped gland below the Adam’s apple (thyroid).

Thyroiditis, Inflammation of the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland in the neck.A cancer of the thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck.

Thyroid Cancer

The body doesn’t produce iodine, so we need to get it from food or supplementation. Foods rich in iodine include:

Sea Vegetables






If any of these foods aren’t your thing then just use a good supplement like Lugol’s or Global Healing

Lugol’s can be found on Amazon.

Important: If you have a Hyperactive Thyroid do not take Iodine.

Causes of thyroid diseases

Stress and Adrenal fatigue

Fluoride , bromine and chlorine attach to receptor sites on the thyroid gland blocking iodine.

Exposure to environmental toxins

Estrogen dominance

Gut damaged by gluten and antibiotics

Foods to eat that help the thyroid function include:

Cruciferous Vegetables

Brazil nuts, selenium rich and great for fighting cancer too. Most people are selenium deficient.

Sea vegetables



Goji Berries


Avoid Gluten and Soy Protein Isolate

Supporting the Thyroid is important and there are lifestyle choices you can make to help support the health of the thyroid.

Support your adrenals by managing your stress

Do Yoga

Eat grass fed butter

Eat slower

Keep your cell phone away from your head by using head phones. Cell phones emit radiation and your thyroid is within range of your cell phone when placed at your ear.

In Conclusion:

The most valuable possession in our lives is our health. You can have all the money in the world but it still may not be enough to bring you health. We are in control for the most part of our personal health. Most diseases which are rampant in our society are caused by poor lifestyle choices, that is a fact. Each of those diseases can be prevented including thyroid disease by avoiding certain toxins like fluoride and chlorine as well as eating the right foods and getting the correct nutrients. Many people want to be told it isn’t their fault, that its their genes etc. But we need to take responsibility for our own health , we cannot fill our bodies with processed junk food and expect not to have health issues. We cannot expect a doctor to reverse the disease by only addressing the symptoms, that isn’t healing. Healing is done by giving the body what it needs to heal and most of the time that is not a drug.

Stay Healthy Everyone!

Namaste’ Bonnie