Did perchlorates attack your thyroid today?
Perchlorates? Maybe. Many of us have no idea how much, and how often, our bodies are being exposed to the toxin. Many of us had no idea it existed.
Perchlorates attack thyroid function. We need our thyroid hormones for energy, mood stabilization, heart rhythm regulations, hair growth stimulation and metabolization. Perchlorate exposure can lead to hypothyroidism, which has been linked to weight gain, fatigue and infertility.
So how bad is the exposure? Where are all these perchlorates?
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), perchlorate is both a natural and man-made colorless, odorless chemical. Perchlorates are prevalent, used to make chewing tobacco, chlorine-derived cleanser and chemicals, flares, and fireworks, military munitions, matches, batteries, fertilizers, and more.
Not surprisingly, perchlorates have now contaminated our nation’s groundwater supply. Inhabitants of the East Coast, California, Texas, and areas of the Southwest are most exposed, as their locally grown food is most contaminated.
What foods contain the most perchlorate contamination?
The fact is, contaminated water is the primary problem. No matter how organic you shop, perchlorate water used to grow the food will contaminate your body. Leafy greens pose a fairly high risk, as do eggs, milk, and fruit.
What does the government say about perchlorate contamination?
Not much. Perchlorate turns over quickly in the body. So quickly, the Perchlorate Information Bureau maintains that low levels of the toxin is not particularly harmful to people. Even the FDA is refraining from suggesting that people alter diets or habits in an effort to reduce exposure to perchlorate.
What do the health experts say?
Suzy Cohen, RPh, renowned whole health researcher, does not agree with the official perchlorate position.
In fact, she advocates the following measure to mitigate the effects of exposure:
- Avoidance. Minimize exposure sources of perchlorate.
- Be aware of iodine levels.They may dip when competing with perchlorates for cell positions.
- Watch for low selenium. Drinking perchlorate-contaminated water can cause a deficiency.
- Increase antioxidants to neutralize perchlorate free radical damage.
- Stop chewing tobacco.
- Avoid pool chemicals or chlorinated products.
- Reduce cow’s milk intake.
Read the full article here: Perchlorates can Cause Hypothyroidism