It seems like there is a minor holiday or four every day. In fact you can look up a list of minor holidays and celebrate non-stop.
Iodine day is not a real minor holiday, but today is May 3, sometimes written as 5/3 in the US. Element 53 on the periodic table is Iodine. For homeopaths and some of their clients, this is a really important element.
Iodine is a non-metallic trace element; an essential nutrient that we all need, most especially to keep our thyroid functioning. The thyroid gland feeds on iodine to make thyroid hormones. These hormones help control growth, repair damaged cells and support metabolism.
Iodine is readily available in Iodized salt, but is perhaps best put into the body by eating foods rich in iodine. These include different types of seaweed, seafood and ocean fish such as shrimp, cod and tuna, eggs, prunes, and many more. It is also available as a supplement.
Iodine as a Homeopathic Remedy.
Homeopaths use iodine much differently than practitioners who use it as a supplement. It is often used for clients who have thyroid problems, such as Hashimoto’s, hyper and hypo thyroid disorders, Grave’s disease and others. But not always. There are many options for those with hypo thyroid conditions.
The good news is that Iodine, being in the 17th column of the periodic table, is a Halogen. The elements in this column have one open spot in its outer shell, and thus can bind with other elements, especially the Lanthanides, very easily. What that means to you as a homeopathic client with a thyroid problem is that there are many possible options to help heal your condition.
You might need an iodine remedy if you:
- are really busy and active
- can eat whatever and never gain weight
- have to make sure you get enough to eat each day.
- are really warm all the time.
- have heart racing and palpitations
- have environmental and seasonal allergies
You might also need an iodine remedy if you:
- are sluggish and have a hard time getting active
- gain weight just thinking about eating (this is actually true, btw)
- can skip meals and not notice
- are chilly much of the time
- have hair falling out.
You may have noticed that opposite symptoms can require an Iodine remedy. It is true. Because the thyroid can be dysfunctional in a variety of different ways, there are many, many symptoms that can be affected by Iodine remedies.
And, btw, you don’t have to have a thyroid problem to need one of the many Iodine remedies.
If you have experienced some of the symptoms listed above, schedule a complementary consult and see if homeopathy can help you. An iodine remedy might just be in your future.
I have featured other elements from the periodic table on past blog posts. Read this one on Hydrogenium, which was written for a very special day.