Radiation levels might rise worldwide. Iodine is essential for a healthy thyroid gland and stored by our body to a large extent in this gland. Radioactive fall out from the reactor disaster in Japan will result in higher radiation levels in our food and the iodine it contains. Iodine tablets ( potassium iodide ) can protect the thyroid gland from radioactive iodine. Against this background this information might become even more important. Fluoride and bromide, having a similar structure as iodine, can competitively inhibit iodine absorption.
Most people in the West are highly deficient in iodine, and this can have negative effects on immune system function, hormonal sensitivity throughout the body and thyroid function. Moreover, in the US are apparently brominated soft drinks on the market, which have been banned in Europe. Taking the iodine tablets shortly before or virtually simultaneously to being exposed to radioactive iodine offers the most effective protection of the thyroid gland.
Seaweed ( Kelp )
Saltwater fish, seafood
Eggs, depending on feed
As an aside, because its so popular : Himalaya salt ( rock salt ) contains no iodine, but sometimes gypsum … from Wikipedia :
In 2003 the Bavarian consumer protection agency Bayerisches Landesamt für Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit analyzed 15 specimens of Himalaya salt sold in Germany and could detect a total of 10 different minerals: sodium and chloride (98%) and other minerals. This agency states that these salts come from Pakistan and can, like all salts, cause hypertension (high blood pressure). German public television broadcaster ZDF presented the analyzed chemical composition of Himalaya-salt which states that the specimen contained 95-96% sodium chloride that was contaminated with 2-3% polyhalite (gypsum) and small amounts of 10 other different minerals.
Brownstein “However, once bromide is absorbed, it binds tightly to the iodine receptors in the body. In addition, bromine can bind to the transport cells for iodine (sodium-iodide symporter–NIS) and damage the transporter cells. The oxidized form of bromide–bromine–is stored in the fat tissues. Taking iodine in physiologic doses can help to competitively inhibit the binding of bromine. Also, iodine supplementation allows the body to detoxify itself from bromine, while retaining iodine.
Bromide and fluoride, both toxic minerals, interfere with iodine absorption and promote goiters. Over the past 20 years, widespread contamination with …
- How iodine protects against radiation (socialdiets.wordpress.com)