The Energy-Fat-Thin Thermostat

What if a few drops of a cheap, store-bought liquid could boost your energy, help you lose weight and improve your mood?

I am talking about what I read, as a kid, regarding Vermont Folk Medicine (see the book by D.C. Jarvis). The cheap ingredient is what often common salt is fortified with to prevent goiter. Can you guess what it is?

Congratulations for those who answered iodine.

You see, a lack of thyroid can not only lead to swollen thyroid glands, but a host of other health problems. An under active thyroid can cause a person to be excessively cold, tired, have muscle cramps, gain weight and become depressed.

So, before you reach for an anti-depressant, an appetite suppressant or low Calorie snack or beat yourself up for being lazy, think about your thyroid. Your thyroid is your body’s thermostat. When it is out of whack, so are you.

Your loyal thyroid needs a minimum of 150 micrograms of iodine per day to be healthy. Good sources are iodized salt, sea food, fresh vegetables and grains. And, of course, supplementation. (Toxicity is rare, but use common sense.) Also, foods like Brussels sprouts and broccoli and drugs like Sulfonamide can inhibit the absorption of iodine.

So, without starving yourself with some whacko diet and exercising to exhaustion, simply add more iodine to your diet and see whether or not your health improves. It can be as simple as that.

Learn some other little known methods for health and flatter midriffs in my book: Flat Gut After 50. (It works for teens and 20 something too!)

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