Use Iodine to Boost Your Thyroid
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I am the weird guy do you always see walking around munching on seaweed now here’s the thing I’m not crazy and I’m not a mermaid I just like seaweed because it’s good for my thyroid and here’s the thing a lot of guys come to me and they don’t really know about thyroid issues and the fact of the matter is is that the thyroid is a huge huge component of not just your metabolism but your sense of well-being and how you function in the office and how you function mentally and a lot of times I root issues kind of get swept under the bus with men because it’s generally women that we see with thyroid issues it’s very very prevalent it’s very commonly diagnosed with women but it’s not nearly as diagnosed with men and the thyroid really shouldn’t be swept under the rug it is critical to your metabolism and if you don’t have proper metabolism then you’re not able to function in the office or in the gym and you’re not able to look the way that you want to look so in this video I’m going to show you what you can eat to help stimulate your thyroid in the way of iodine so that you get the most out of your thyroid so that you can get the most out of your workouts and get the most out of your workday but first we have to dive in a little bit with a little bit of science on what the thyroid is and how it works so the thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland at the front of your neck it’s in your throat and what the thyroid does is it helps convert calories and it helps convert oxygen into actual energy which is basically just a longer way of saying it supports your metabolism but how it works you see your thyroid requires iodine to really work properly so when you consume iodine you get it from the diet it’s just a simple mineral that iodine combines with something called tyrosine which is an amino acid now that combination allows the thyroid to communicate with another gland called the pituitary gland which therefore tells your thyroid how much of the thyroid hormone to produce now those thyroid hormones are called t4 and t3 now t4 or thyroxine is the precursor to t3 t3 is ultimately four times more powerful than t4 so we want to have that good communication between the pituitary gland and the thyroid the thyroid knows how much to pump out if you’re pumping out more our thyroid then your metabolism is moving a little bit faster maybe you’ve heard of hypothyroid or hyperthyroid slow thyroid or an overactive thyroid in that case now what happens from there is the t4 and the t3 circulate the bloodstream and they help the body metabolize oxygen into energy therefore making you function making you alive and it not only helps you with weight metabolism but it clearly has a strong effect on your sense of well-being your overall confidence and even your work ethic so if you have hypothyroidism where you’re not getting enough thyroid hormone then you can feel absolutely horrible it can have similar symptoms to having low testosterone and a lot of times that ends up being the case they go hand-in-hand so I want to show you some ways that you can get extra iodine in your diet so your thyroid can do its job and hopefully get back up the snap so you can lose a little bit of extra weight build a little bit more muscle and focus on what you need to focus on in the office and at home so we’ve established now that iodine is important but how do we get it from the diet well first off you may notice that if you were to look at your ordinary table salt it’s probably iodized salt more often than not ninety percent of the salts that we consume are iodized salt in restaurants the table when you go to the grocery store you’ll see they’ve got iodine added to it and this happened back in the 1920s originally back in the 1920s we started realizing the importance of iodine to proper tyroid function and we realized that even back in the 1920s we were starting to strip the earth of all its minerals so we weren’t getting enough in the way of iodine in our diet so what do they do they add iodine in a refined state into our salt well the problem is that salt goes through additional refinement processes which make us that stripped of a lot of other minerals it’s basically lacking any minerals or nutrients whatsoever other than the iodine that’s added to it so if you start going for the pink Himalayan salt you’re going to find that you get a lot more of a spectrum of minerals and a lot more of a natural source of iodine but there is a little bit of a caveat because the pink Himalayan salt doesn’t have that much iodine because again we have stripped the earth of so many of the minerals with overharvesting and what-have-you so the simple best way that you can get iodine is going to be from sea vegetables like kelp or seaweed or from a supplement and the reason that kelp or seaweed are so rich in iodine is because we think of the ocean you think of minerals in the earth well the ocean is soon to be supersaturated with those minerals including iodine now kelp and seaweed they’re growing out of the earth in the ocean which means they are going to be super rich in those minerals specifically in iodine so it’s a good easy natural way to boost your thyroid to just munch on some seaweed snacks or even some kelp snacks or kelp powder that you can add your protein shake seaweed snacks are awesome because if you’re on the go they taste good they get a little bit of a salt kick so they satisfy that savory craving that you might have they’re also super low-calorie and of course they’re going to help your metabolism out a little bit but let’s talk about from a supplement standpoint what can you take in the way of supplement to support your thyroid well again we look at iodine supplements but it’s very important that you don’t take too much in the way of iodine Musa can have a negative impact as well according to a study by the best practice of research in endocrinology and metabolism it was found that those that consumed too much in the way of an iodine supplement had the same negative effects as those that didn’t consume enough what this tells us is we’ve got a small interval a small window of the amount of iodine that we should take that supports a healthy thyroid so it’s very important that you pay attention to how much you take now on that note I really don’t recommend taking more than about 500 micrograms of iodine per day now with a supplement that you want to choose your going to want to look for one that’s potassium iodide it’s the easiest one to be assimilated by the body but at the end of the day it’s always best to work as close to the earth as possible because that’s what your body knows how to do so if you can get it from seaweed or you can get it from kelp or you can even get it from fresh raw cranberries which I know are totally bitter that’s going to be the best all-time solution so there you have it a thyroid issue is not just an issue for women it affects men it affects your business and let me tell you don’t let people tell you that the thyroid is not important because it is one of the master hormones within the entire body and it regulates so much you couldn’t even believe thanks for watching I’ll see you in the next vid and I’m going to go munch on some more seaweed we’ll see you soon
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What is the Thyroid?
1. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck. (1)
2. Plays a role in metabolism, development, growth and body temperature. (1)
3. When not functioning properly, one can experience metabolism and weight problems, and even mood disorders, such as depression. (2)
4. How does the thyroid work? (3)
a. The thyroid take iodine that you consume and combines it with the amino acid tryocine in order to convert it into the Thyroid hormones, thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).
b. T4 and T3 and then transported via the bloodstream throughout your body, playing a key role in a properly functioning metabolism, which is the conversion of oxygen and calories into energy.
c. T3 is four times as strong as t4
d. Another gland, the pituitary gland, is responsible for communicating with the thyroid, essentially telling it when to turn on and turn off the production of T3 and T4. The gland is in turn regulated by the region of the brain called the hypothalamus.
e. You must have a proper amount of iodine consumption in order to feed the thyroid and ensure proper functioning – either too little or too much can lead to a slew of health problems. Essentially, without iodine, the thyroid cannot function.
5. Back in the early 1920s the US added iodine in salt due to a nutritional deficiency of iodine leading to diseases such as goiter. This was due to people not consuming enough iodine rich foods. (4)
. The problem with this is that the iodine in the white table salts is not the naturally occurring iodine and contains chemicals that are bad for our health
a. Naturally occurring salts, such as pink Himalayan sea salts, contain trace amounts of iodine and do not contain the chemicals that are bad for our health
b. Other naturally occurring sources of iodine are sea vegetables such as seaweed and kelp, cranberries (eat actual berries, not juice due to sugar content), organic yogurt, organic navy beans, organic strawberries, organic, raw cheese and organic potatoes. (5)
c. If you supplement, be sure not to exceed 500 mcg of iodine daily from all sources. You can take natural supplements, such as kelp supplements. Otherwise it is good to take potassium iodide, which can encourage proper thyroid functioning. (6)
6. It is a good idea to speak with your doctor prior to supplementation to be sure that you do not take in too much iodine. Taking too much iodine is dangerous just as not having enough in your diet is. A compilation study from the Best Practice and Research Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism discussed the importance of keeping iodine levels “within a relatively narrow interval where iodine deficiency disorders are prevented, but not higher. Monitoring and adjusting of iodine intake in a population is an important part of preventive medicine.”
1. WebMD: Picture of the Thyroid
2. WebMD: Depression, the Thyroid and Hormones
3. Endocrine Web: How Your Thyroid Works
4. Global Healing Center: Iodine in Salt: Why is it Added
5. Global Healing Center: 7 Foods Rich in Iodine
6. Global Healing Center: The Benefits of Potassium Iodide
7. Iodine intake as a determinant of thyroid disorders in populations.
Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Feb;24(1):13-27