Did you spend your childhood like most of us in the backyard or local swimming pool?
I remember growing up spending most mornings & afternoons at swimming training. But did you know Chlorine can be detrimental to thyroid health?
Chlorine is an element that is classed as a halogen, along with fluoride, bromide, iodine, and astatine. They are a group of chemicals you may remember seeing on the periodic table at school.
Iodine is part of this group but there’s an important point of difference. Iodine is crucial to health.
Chlorine, fluorine, bromine, and astatine have similar structures to iodine and use the same receptors in the body. The problem is, once absorbed these antagonistic elements can block iodine.
Of all the minerals that support proper thyroid function, iodine is the most important. Iodine is an essential component of both triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4).
Apart from being required for optimal thyroid health, iodine is also required to support proper immune function, breast and prostate health, and normal growth and development during pregnancy.
When you take a dip in a chlorinated pool, hot bath, or use chlorine based home cleaning products, you are absorbing chlorine through your skin. This has the potential to block iodine activity at a basic cellular level.
This doesn't mean you have to avoid the pool or a hot bath all together. There are measures you can take to reduce your exposure to chlorine.
1. Swop that swim in the pool for a dip in the ocean. Not only is this minimising your chlorine exposure, but your also connecting with nature and salt water is great for your skin.
2. Ensure you take a shower after swimming in a chlorinated pool.
3. Consider a water filter for your bath & shower and more importantly your drinking water.
4. Swop out your chemical based cleaning products for natural, more Eco friendly products.
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