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Healthy Iodine

Because of the tragic events in Japan last week, there has been some debate on radiation protection.
It should be noted that most authorities agree that significant amounts of radiation reaching the United States, is very small.
However, let’s learn what we can do to protect ourselves in the rare event that it does become an issue.

The FDA has selected potassium Iodide as the best protection from radiation. Iodide is broken down very quickly and absorbed almost immediately into the body. Both the body and the thyroid gland cannot take in or soak up radioactive iodine if the tissues are already saturated with healthy Iodine.

Eating simple foods containing iodine is the best way to be proactive. Start by adding foods that are very high in iodine.
Recommended Adult daily consumption of iodine is up to 3mg or 3,000 mcg. For children,
• Kelp
• Dulse
• Seaweed
• Kombu
• Sardines
• Sea Salt
• Miso Soup
• Garlic
• Asparagus
• Lima Beans
• Mushrooms
• Sardines
• Sesame Seeds

By simply sprinkling a tablespoon of kelp or dulse on your food each day, should give you adequate levels of iodine.
This adds flavor and can be used without any harmful side effects.

Some foods block the uptake of iodine into the thyroid gland when eaten raw in large amounts. These include Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, peaches, pears, spinach, and turnips. If you have an under active thyroid, you might consider limiting your consumption of these foods.

Sometimes iodide supplementation is necessary. However, because there is growing concern for those who have an autoimmune thyroid disorder, hormone interference, and several other possible side effects when taken in large dosages, iodine supplementation should be under supervision of a physician.

Knowledge is Power regarding your health. Get the latest news on Radiation Preparedness, Iodine, and updates on Japans Nuclear Reactors by visiting the sites below:

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention
www.http://emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/ki.asp

WHO
http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103829989792-8/Iodine_Prophylaxis_guide.pdf

Japan Nuclear Reactors
http://allthingsnuclear.org/tagged/Japan_nuclear?utm_source=SP&utm_medium=more&utm_campaign=sp-nuke-more-3%2F13%2F2011-pm

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