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  1. Interesting article. I have a question about this part: Another benefit of eating real food is that your body will tell you when it’s had enough. Once your body begins to correctly recognize the nutrients it needs, it will tell you with cravings. Once that food stops tasting good and you no longer want it, that’s usually your stop signal.
    So if I have a strong aversion to any thing fish related, would that possible mean that my body doesn’t require what the fishiness provides?

    1. There are a few possible answers. I’ll briefly go over what I think are the most likely culprits.

      1. Your body doesn’t recognize that this food provides necessary nutrients because you avoid it. For example, I still don’t like the taste of cod liver oil but I will really want to take a spoonful at random times. My body noticed it was low on some nutrient and steers me to a good source of it.

      2. It could be related to digestion issues, where your body often avoids food that it find hard to digest.

      3. It could be caused by an allergy, and your body is telling you to avoid that food and others like it because it is causing harm.

      4. It could be from heavy metal toxicity though this is instinct more than scientific. I have determined through sensitivities to certain foods and materials that I am definitely holding onto high concentrations of heavy metals, and it shows itself in strange ways. Mineral-rich water like well water and baking soda with aluminum are two big triggers for me.

      You can either substitute with other foods that contain higher concentrations of the fat-soluble vitamins A & D like organ meats of pastured animals or try to add some type of fish supplement in and see how things go after a month or two. I would suggest substitutions at first to make sure you are actually taking it instead of avoiding taking it. 😉

  2. This is really interesting. How are you taking your iodine? Are you taking a supplement or are you eating more of the foods you mentioned. I have a hard time getting sea foods of any kind where I live (middle of nowhere). 🙂

    Anyway, great post!

    1. Thanks Linda! I mainly get iodine through food sources. I have good-quality foods from the sea shipped to me (the companies I use are on my resources page) and use them like supplements, especially fish eggs. Seaweed is becoming a regular part of our diet, so that will be our main iodine source. I also use Lugol’s solution directly on moles when I remember to do it.

  3. Hi! I love this article! I’m having thyroid issues as of late where I was told that I’m borderline suffering from hypothyroidism but part of me also thinks that I’m also borderline hyperthyroidism…. My weight fluctuates like you wouldn’t believe & many other issues like dry skin, hair loss &digestive issues like crazy! I primarily eat seafood & fish that’s wild caught & use pink Himalayan sea salt…. Does that have iodine in it? Help!

    1. Unrefined salt doesn’t have a significant source of iodine but usually contains traces. I am having very good luck supplementing with Lugol’s solution: http://amzn.to/17i8epV. I would also suggest reading Dr. Brownstein’s book on iodine: http://amzn.to/10oJWGE.

      It sounds like you would benefit from a digestive healing protocol to start your healing journey. In nutritional therapy, digestion is always a first priority and initiates the healing in other areas of the body. I’m in the middle of posting a series on digestive healing if you’d like to follow along: http://www.20somethingallergies.com/healing-digestion-restoring-mucous-layer/.

      1. I’d love to hear more about your experience with iodine supplementation with Logol’s. I trust your opinions and findings and am interested in doing this myself, but want to hear your take on it as part of my research.

        1. I have had great luck with supplementation. I am using a 12.5 mg dose and have noticed significant energy increases over the last month. I’m going to give it another month, and then share a post on my protocol and progress.

          If you have no iodine sensitivity (those sensitive shouldn’t take it unless under a practitioner’s care), I would suggest starting small with 6 mg 2 days on and 1-2 day off for the first 2 weeks to see how your body handles it. Read up on Dr. Brownstein’s work and look into salt loading for bromide detox too.

          1. I appreciate your response. After reading through your blog, I can tell we have a lot in common in regards to sensitivities, allergies, etc. and so I value your perspective since you’ve been there. Even kelp tablets seem to start bromide detox for me, so I will look into the salt loading. Good info about the on and off day dosing too. I think that will help me.

            1. Finding friends with similar woes is the best part of blogging. 🙂 I hope the suggestions help you. After a couple of wonky weeks, it has made such a difference in my energy levels.

  4. I hope my moles start disappearing after I start eating some dulse daily. I hope they just start disappearing from the inside, as I don’t like the idea of treating them on the outside since the conditions which caused them in the first place is within the body. I have read that it’s important to supplement with selenium when ingesting iodine because the detox places stress on the kidneys…right now I eat one Brazil nut when I take my oil-based Vitamin D drop because it supposedly needs protein to “carry” it. But I don’t know if I should eat another Brazil nut at the same time as having a little bit of dulse or if that might be too much selenium. Or I guess I could just take half a bite when I take the Vitamin D and save the other half for when I eat the dulse….it starts getting complicated when there are so many supplements to take.

    I also hope helping my thyroid will in turn help my adrenals. I don’t know how true it is but I read that it’s not a good idea to focus on the thyroid before checking to see if your adrenals are OK..what do you think?

    Thanks for your article !

    1. Eating a small amount of seaweed will not likely be enough to remove moles but getting an adequate iodine intake along with a detoxification routine can help prevent new ones. Existing ones usually require a topical application of iodine.

      If you are getting an adequate amount of selenium during the day, your body will use it as needed. It doesn’t necessarily need to be taken at the same time as your supplements.

      It is definitely important to also focus on adrenal health if you are trying to heal thyroid dysfunction. I recommend this test to help determine if you have it: http://www.20somethingallergies.com/adrenal-fatigue-test-at-home/.

      1. Jennifer, thanks so much for your reply. I have been plagued by moles when the rest of my family doesn’t seem to have as many as I do and I don’t think their diet is all that much better than mine. I also lose tons of hair for some reason and I think it has something to do with my thyroid although I cannot confirm that since I do not have insurance. It’s frustrating when I read so many different opinions on what could be causing these issues so I am left to guess on what to do about them in the meantime.

        Thanks again…I will enjoy browsing your website as I’m sure there will be lots of helpful articles.

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