Are you feeling tired, lethargic, weak, or cold?

Perhaps you have gained some weight, experienced changes in your menstrual cycle, feeling depressed, unexplained muscle and joint pain, thinning hair, reduced sex drive, and even changes in your voice.  These are some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland; a disorder more common in women, but almost 20 million Americans suffer from the condition.



The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, produces thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) tyrosine-based hormones, and plays a key role in how the cells in our bodies use energy.   Iodine is the essential chemical element for thyroid hormone production, but since our bodies do not make iodine, iodine comes from our diet.



The causes of hypothyroidism

range from viral infections, birth defects, and autoimmune disorders to surgical procedures and radiation treatments.  However, recent research indicates that exposure to bromine, fluorine, and chlorine disrupts iodine absorption in the thyroid gland.  The chemistry of Iodine, bromine, fluorine, and chorine is similar, belonging to the halogen group in the periodic table.

Hypothyroidism causes

In order to eliminate some of the effects of bromine, shop for breads and baked goods that do not contain “potassium bromate” the common form of bromine in flour products, and keep the air circulating whenever you are using electronic equipment.  To reduce exposure to chlorine and possibly fluorine, use purified water for drinking, cooking, and consider installing a filtration system to your showerhead.  In addition, try non-fluorinated toothpastes and cook with pans that are not Teflon-coated.  However, if you have a thyroid disorder, be sure to consult with your medical practitioner before making any changes.

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