Iodine Uses

Iodine is an essential trace earth mineral that the body cannot make on its own. This means that we need to find enough iodine in our diets to keep our bodies healthy. Luckily, Iodine is readily available in many foods, and supplements like Xodine from Cedar Bear are available to give your body the iodine that it needs to prevent deficiency.

Cedar Bear is dedicated to providing people with high quality, natural, and effective supplements using quality ingredients and advanced processing methods. Here’s a look at iodine’s use in the body, and how much our bodies require to function properly.

Iodine Is Essential For Thyroid Function

Perhaps the most important and prominent use of iodine is in the thyroid. The thyroid uses iodine to create thyroid hormones that are transported throughout the body to control the metabolism. The metabolism is the energy system of the body, turning the food and drinks that you consume into energy that your body uses to function. When the thyroid does not get enough iodine, it has to work harder and harder to produce these essential hormones, causing inflammation and irritation of the thyroid. This condition often portrays itself as a goiter, or a large, swollen lump at the base of the neck where the thyroid glands lie.

An improperly functioning thyroid can lead to conditions like hypothyroidism, or the decrease in production of thyroid hormone. This ultimately unnaturally slows down the metabolism, leading to fatigue and weight gain, among other things. An iodine deficiency is not something to take lightly.

Recommended Iodine Intake

Many people are able to find enough iodine in their diets to avoid the need to even think about how much iodine they are consuming, but many more do not. The National Institutes of Health in the United States recommends the average person 14 years or older consume around 150 micrograms of iodine per day. That amount is smaller in infants and children.

Iodine is crucial for the proper growth and development of a fetus and infants after birth. Birth defects and mental retardation have both been associated with iodine deficiency of a mother. Pregnant and lactating mothers need much more iodine in order to pass it on to her unborn or breastfeeding child. Because of this, it is recommended that pregnant women consume 220 micrograms and lactating women take 290 micrograms per day to ensure the proper iodine amount for herself and her child.

Iodine in Diet

Iodine occurs naturally in the soils of many areas and in ocean water. Many of the foods that you already eat, such as dairy, eggs, and fish are all rich in iodine. If your produce comes from an area with iodine rich soil, fruits and veggies can also be a good source of iodine. Unfortunately, in many parts of the world, especially in mountainous regions, iodine is hard to come by in the soil, meaning crops grown in these areas are not likely to have a significant iodine level.

Seaweed is perhaps the best source of iodine. As an ocean plant, it absorbs the abundance of iodine in the water and stores it in its leaves. Certain types of seaweed can give you well over your daily recommended iodine intake in just a few grams or less. Iodized table salt is also a great way to easily incorporate more iodine into your diet. Iodine has been added to salt as the awareness of iodine deficiency has increased. Using iodized salt instead of sea salt or Himalayan pink salt while cooking or to season food will give your body more iodine without the need to change much else.

Iodine Supplementation

Besides increasing consumption of iodine rich foods, you can also use an iodine supplement to give your body more iodine. There are several types of iodine supplement, but Cedar Bear Xodine is a liquid nascent iodine. We use pure, naturally sourced iodine that we bind to glycerin in a proprietary process unique to Cedar Bear. We never bind our iodine to salts or other minerals because they get in the way of your body’s absorption of the essential mineral. Our nascent iodine keeps its charge until it is dropped into water and consumed, meaning that it maintains its charge for several hours, giving you the best effects.

Liquid iodine supplements also begin to work much quicker than solid tablets, capsules, or salt forms. Xodine can begin to be absorbed by the body as soon as it comes in contact with the soft tissues of your mouth and digestive system. Tablets and capsules have to be digested before it can be absorbed, slowing down its effects, and making it less effective.

About Cedar Bear

Cedar Bear has long been dedicated to providing you with the best that nature has to offer. With 35 years of experience, our founder L. Carl Robinson is a seasoned expert in all things herbs. With that expertise, Cedar Bear processes hundreds of herbs to create hundreds of high quality liquid herbal supplements and supplement blends for your whole body, children, and even pets. No matter what type of support your body needs, Cedar Bear can help.

We create natural herbal supplements with glycerin, never alcohol, in a unique four step processing method called TincTract. All of our products are Kosher certified, as well as soy, gluten, dairy, corn, and animal product free so you can use our products free of worry. We believe in the power of nature, and want to share it with you, one supplement at a time.

Order Xodine Today

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