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Iodine: A One-Stop Shop For Wellness

Here’s a brief example of how modern medicine deals with and eliminates the symptoms rather than the cause. 

When the liver is eliminating toxins, the toxins will leave the body along the path of least resistance. This could manifest in one person as bad breath, or in another as body odour, diarrhoea or a skin rash.  

If you tell your doctor you have diarrhoea, you’ll be given a prescription for something to ‘bung’ you up. The medicine will help because it’s designed for that.  

It won’t be long before you’re back in doctor’s surgery, preparing to show off a skin rash. The next batch of medicine will eliminate the skin rash, body odour or whatever symptom you went in with.  

While the symptoms were successfully eliminated, they were only pointing out a problem that lay elsewhere in your body, in this case, your liver. 

I want to look at an age-old remedy that has been conveniently forgotten in recent years.

Iodine plays a crucial role in maintaining a person’s overall health. Its relationship with teeth is particularly interesting. While iodine itself doesn’t directly impact the structure of teeth, it indirectly influences dental health through its role in thyroid function.

The thyroid, that little gland with big responsibilities, requires iodine to whip up thyroid hormones. These hormones are the conductors of your body’s orchestra, and among their many talents, they play a part in keeping your teeth in tip-top shape.

These are essential for a variety of bodily functions, including bone growth and development. Healthy teeth rely on a well-functioning endocrine system, and the thyroid, governed by the availability of iodine, plays a significant role in this system.

Iodine deficiency can lead to thyroid dysfunction, which in turn may affect oral health. You may also be in a downward spiral leading to a dental drama featuring gum issues, dry mouth, and teeth playing hard to get by not erupting on time.

Hypothyroidism, a condition caused by an underactive thyroid, has been associated with an increased risk of gum disease, dry mouth and delayed tooth eruption, among other oral issues.

Just when you thought iodine was the unsung hero, enter stage left – excess iodine. Chronic exposure to high levels of iodine, although rare may lead to thyroid dysfunction. This in turn can indirectly impact oral health.

It’s important to note that the relationship between iodine and dental health is primarily mediated through thyroid function. 

In the grand dental play of life, iodine might not steal the spotlight, but it sure knows how to pull off a stellar performance in the background. Keep the thyroid happy; your teeth will thank you with a dazzling encore!

The moral of the story? Keep your iodine intake in check – not too little or too much, like Goldilocks. Balancing it out helps your thyroid keep the dental harmony intact. As with any nutrient, maintaining a balanced and varied diet, consulting with healthcare professionals, and following recommended guidelines are essential for not just your overall health but also your dental health.

Iodine was first discovered by French chemist Barnard Courtois in 1811 while extracting potassium and sodium from seaweed ash. 

Want a few more useful facts?

  • We get iodine from one cup of nonfat cow’s milk (85 mcg or half the RDA); nonfat Greek yogurt is also an excellent source.
  • Iodine regulates our metabolism
  • Our brains need iodine
  • It’s an amazing antiseptic
  • It was used to make the first photographs
  • Iodine is used to test for starch
  • It can be used to preserve paint
  • and it makes a mess when you spill it 🙂

Dr.Elmar Jung

Dr. Elmar Jung
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