Iodine is one of eight essential trace minerals. It's called essential because our body doesn't make it. We have to get it from the foods we eat. Iodine is an essential part of the thyroid horomones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothryonine (T3), which are used by the body to regulate many important biochemical reactions. Think "hormones." Iodine is a must for balance.
Iodine is considered the "anchor" mineral. It is needed by the body for all other minerals to be absorbed.
Proper thyroid function
Physical and mental development
Aids the brain and spinal nerves
Aids blood vessels
Gives proper sexual potency
May help with fibrocystic breasts
Signs of Deficiency
Trouble maintaining proper weight
Lack of endurance
Cold hands and feet
Lowered mental function
Unhealthy hair, nails, skin, and teeth
Mental retardation in children
Linked to breast cancer
Signs of Toxicity
Sores in mouth
Swollen salivary glands
Diarrhea and vomiting
Salt-Celtic or Pink Himalayan
Certain foods can block the absorption of iodine if eaten in large amounts. This includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, peaches, pears, spinach (also a source of iodine), and turnips.