Every cell in the body contains and utilizes iodine. Essential for life, iodine has many effects on the body: hormone production, nerve and muscle function, metabolism, tissue growth and repair, and cell respiration.
It has been estimated that approximately one third of the world's population is iodine deficient, and studies in the United States have suggested that the number may be even higher, with some estimates as high as 95%. Iodine deficiencies can occur not only because of inadequate intake, but also due to the damaging toxins we are exposed to every day. An especially interesting area of study in iodine deficiency is the field of hormone balancing. Iodine is a crucial ingredient in the delicate balance of the endocrine system, and deficiencies have been implicated in conditions such as diabetes, polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS), fibrocystic breast disease, increased breast cancer risk and most commonly goiter.
Symptoms of too little iodine in the body are:
- Low energy
- Slow metabolism
- Heart palpitations
- Polycystic ovaries
- Increased breast cancer risk
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Uterine Fibroids
People need Iodine balancing for proper thyroid and cardiovascular function. For women it helps with overall breast health and encourages regulation of estrogens. In men, this same mechanism will allow for preventative prostate care.