Iodine is a natural element found in the earth and the sea. It is an element that we cannot make in our bodies so we must get it from foods. It is extremely important in the production of thyroid hormones. From regulating metabolism, to body temperature, to controlling cholesterol and heart rate. The thyroid also affects our sensitivity to adrenalin and endocrine hormones which maintain our emotional health.
The best sources of iodine:
Sea vegetables are one of the best sources. They are very high in natural iodine from the sea. This source is easily absorbed by the body. Shaking some kelp granules in your soup or casserole adds a mild salty flavor and plenty of nutrition.
Himalayan salt, 1/2 gram of this natural salt contains 84 trace minerals including 250 micrograms of iodine. (Iodized table salt is another way of getting iodine but is not recommended since table salt or sodium chloride is toxic to the human body and the iodine used is synthetic).
Fish, and sea food in general, contain various amounts of iodine.
Baked potatoes are one of the best land based sources. (Choose organically farmed potatoes in nutrient rich soil to get the most iodine).
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(adapted from spiritfoods.net)