A friend and I were discussing iodine recently and we both bought iodine supplements and started using it. Today I did a little internet research, now that I’ve got my tiny and very spendy little bottle of liquid iodine that I’m taking a few drops of in water every morning, and came up with a cheap and easy way to add iodine to my diet: dulse.
Iodine is one of those things that we really don’t get enough of in our western society. Studies show that Japanese women have a much lower breast cancer rate than western women, and it’s probably due to the fact that they eat a lot of seaweed.
Usually we get iodine in the food we eat; now, however, our soil is so depleted, there is no iodine in it. Iodine is available in the ocean, so if a person eats seafood and seaweed frequently, they’re getting their necessary iodine.
In the United States, iodine was added to table salt in the past, and currently it sounds like the amount of iodine in table salt is vastly decreased.
I know personally over the past ten years I’ve changed my diet. I eat more vegetables and less meat; I’ve chosen to use sea salt, celtic salt and Himalayan pink salt instead of the iodized brand of table salt I grew up with, and I never really thought about getting my needed iodine in some other way.
Until yesterday and today.
I threw a good handful of dulse into the Vitamix, mixed up 1 part pulverized dulse, one part Himalayan pink salt and 1/2 part Hawaiian red salt in a jar, shook it up, filled my salt grinder with the blend, and now I have — taa-daa! — natural homemade iodized salt.
How great is this! Himalayan pink salt supplies 84 necessary nutrients; dulse supplies iodine and a whole lot of other nutrients, and Hawai’ian red salt supplies minerals and electrolytes, iron oxide, and rich flavor. Win, win, win. I get my salt, my nutrients, my iodine, and it tastes so good.