One unique feature of Iodine supplementation, discovered during some of the more recent research, was that the heavy metals lead, mercury, cadmium, and to a lesser extent aluminum, are naturally excreted through the urine in significantly higher amounts over baseline when Iodine is supplemented.
Heavy metals are known to be chronic disruptors of metabolism, interfering with nearly every metabolic function in the body including the nervous system, neurotransmitters, hormones, and cellular metabolism of energy. The important fact to remember is that heavy metals are cumulative poisons that are poorly excreted from the body. This means that trivial sources of metal can still add to your lifetime load. My friends in the field of environmental engineering report to me that heavy metal contaminate is showing up in our air, food, and water in greater concentrations than ever before. Their observations suggest this is nothing more than fallout of pollution starting from the beginning of the industrial revolution through today. In addition to environment, additional heavy metal contamination can be introduced through leaking dental fillings, road dust from cadmium hardened tires, immunizations, tobacco, and decaffeinated tea & coffee products. Needless to say, we are in a world of ever increasing pollution. Chronic buildup of heavy metal will slow the metabolism or interfere proper health in proportion to their concentration within the body and its ability to excrete efficiently.
Are you Iodine deficient? Do you have heavy metals built up in your body? The answer to both is yes, you probably do. The only way to tell for sure is have an iodine saturation test and an iodine provoked heavy metal test done to determine your levels. With this information you will be better equipped to make decisions about your health that will result in a healthier, lighter weight you for life.