Thyroid and Metabolism | Kelp Hashimoto and Thyroid Hormone: Thomas DeLauer

Thyroid and Metabolism | Kelp Hashimoto and Thyroid Hormone: Thomas DeLauer



Thyroid and Metabolism | The Truth about Kelp and Thyroid Hormone: Thomas DeLauer

Kelp, a kind of seaweed, has been an integral part of the diet in Asia for centuries

Many nutritional benefits
● Bone health
○ Due to high vitamin K
● Weight loss/maintenance
● Thyroid health
● Anticarcinogenic
● Antiinflammatory

Iodine and Thyroid Health

Thyroid health benefits are due to the high amount of iodine found in kelp

The thyroid:
● a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck
● plays a role in metabolism, development, growth and body temperature.

An improperly functioning thyroid can cause:
● metabolism and weight problems
● mood disorders, such as depression

Iodine is an essential trace element that many of us are deficient in

Iodine is necessary for the production of thyroid hormone. Insufficient iodine can lead to:
● Hypothyroidism
● Enlargement of the thyroid
● Mental disabilities
○ Especially for infants and children of mothers who were iodine deficient during pregnancy

This deficiency became understood in the early 1900s and iodine was added to table salt
● Not the best solution
● Iodized salt contains chemicals harmful to health

Sources of iodine:
● Sea vegetables
● Fresh cranberries
● Many beans – organic navy beans are one of the highest
● Organic strawberries
● Organic potatoes
● Organic dairy, meat and eggs
● Seafood
● Shellfish
● Pink himalayan sea salt

Recommended daily amount is 158 – 175 micrograms

Best to obtain from foods as excess iodine is dangerous

You can find kelp in dried form, noodles and even kelp sprinkles that you can use in dishes alongside pink himalayan sea salt
● Limit yourself to 1 serving per day to avoid excess iodine or heavy metals

Do not exceed 500 mcg iodine daily from all sources
● Kelp supplements are natural supplements
● Potassium iodine supplements are a good option as well
● Speak with your doctor if you decide to supplement

1. Thyroid issues: what you need to know about diet and supplements

2. Treatment of hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency using daily powdered kelp in patients receiving long-term total enteral nutrition

3. Iodine deficiency

Iodine Deficiency

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


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