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Iodine are you deficient.

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Last week I was on a radio show talking about the health benefits of iodine. Unfortunately, iodine is not as available in our foods like it once was. Iodine has been replaced with bromine in some of our foods like soda, breads, and etc. Also, people want to be on sea salt which has no iodine in it.

What is iodine deficiency? Some of the symptoms of iodine deficiency are weight gain, hair loss, anxiety, depression, intolerance to cold, estrogen dominance, fibromyalgia, fiborcystic breast disease, and fatigue.

What are the benefits of iodine is helps to stay off some cancers, it can help prevent illness because it helps to work on the immune system, it helps to work with your thyroid gland. It can help reduce pain and it helps to regulate estrogen.

How can you tell if you have iodine deficiency? You can get blood test from your doctors office. You can try a iodine challenge at home where you put some iodine on your skin and let it sit for 12 hours. If it is absorbed in 12 hours you may be iodine deficient.

If you start on iodine drops start low and work your way up. Everyone is different when it comes to how much iodine they may really need.

What I learned from a Scorpion Sting.

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Two weeks ago I got stung by a scorpion. As the neurotoxin was starting it’s way through my body I felt some interesting side effects from this neurotoxin like headaches, joint pain, and the burning sensation that goes along with it. By the next day I was fine, but it taught me a good lesson.

In life there are random things that happen to us that are bad. It is nothing that we chose. It was just something that happened. I have two choices. I can either whine and complain all day about how I feel or I can change how I see the situation. I decided to make it a learning experience. I got to see first hand that there can be chaos all around me and I can either add to the chaos or decide not to participate in it.

I think sometimes we are scared of our own empowerment and decide to not have it. Because we might have been taught that empowering self is bad. It will show that we are aggressive not assertive. There is a difference with it.
We need to embrace that we have power to control self. We have power to make our own choices. We have power to feel happy. We don’t have to suffer. It’s ok to see a therapist for help. It’s ok to change yourself for the better. It’s ok not to be stuck in a defeating loop.

Remember that you are whole and complete.