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Benefits of Iodine And Its Side Effects

Iodine is an essential nutrient required by the body although it is required in small amounts. The deficiency of iodine in the body can cause many different ailments like cretinism, hypothyroid and goiter. At the same time lack of iodine can also cause the body to be more susceptible to infections. Iodine is a strong antiseptic and antibiotic and can be used to treat both internal and external infections. The best part is that there are many popular foods which are rich in iodine and you can easily include them in your daily diet. Just like other micronutrients in the body although iodine is not needed in large doses it is certainly essential for the proper functioning of the body and especially the thyroid gland. This is the reason that you should consume as much iodine as you can.

Benefits of Iodine And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Iodine
Nutritional Value of Iodine
Health Benefits of Iodine
Regulating metabolism
Supporting the thyroid gland
Supporting the reproductive system
Strengthens the immune system
Can help in treating fibrocystic diseases
Sustaining cognitive ability
Regulates many hormones
Protecting against radiation
Fighting pathogens
Protecting against cancer
Keeping the nails strong
Improving oral health
Uses of Iodine
Side-Effects & Allergies of Iodine
Origin And Cultivation of Iodine

Iodine

Iodine was first discovered by the French chemist Bernard Courtois who first burned seaweed in 1811 and washed the ash with water. The remaining waste when treated with sulfuric acid produced dark purple crystals of iodine. Iodine was identified as a new element by the English chemist sir Humphrey in 1814 and he named it after the Greek word ioeides which means violet colored. There is abundant natural source of iodine is salt water or sea water, in which iodine exists as a negatively charged ion. As it is present in high concentration in salt water, it is also an essential nutrient for most life forms, including human beings. Iodine is a rare element and hence iodine deficiency is quite common in human beings and other land animals.

Nutritional Value of Iodine

The most significant nutritional role of iodine in the human body is in the synthesis of the hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxine secreted by the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland absorbs iodine directly from the blood hence there is a high concentration of this element in the thyroid gland than anywhere else in the human body. Pure iodine cannot be consumed as it is, because it is highly reactive. This is the reason that it is available as supplement in compound form. Iodide salts like potassium iodide and sodium iodide are especially used for this purpose because they are highly soluble in water.

Health Benefits of Iodine

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Iodine
Health Benefits of Iodine

Regulating metabolism

Iodine helps in the production of the hormone that regulates the metabolism of the body and hence it can be said that it can make or break the metabolism of the body. Iodine helps the food to get absorbed in the body and in converting the food to energy. The calories in the body get burned and cause weight loss, otherwise they get stored in the body in the form of excess fat causing weight gain. Due to this process you are able to remain active and energetic throughout the day and can sleep peacefully at night. Hence it can be said that iodine helps in alleviating insomnia and depression

Supporting the thyroid gland

The hormones like thyroxine and triiodothyronine are produced by the thyroid gland with the help of iodine and these hormones are necessary for many life sustaining mechanisms. Deficiency of iodine causes the thyroid gland to increase in size causing ailments like goiter, hypothyroidism, and cretinism. Deficiency of iodine also causes the thyroid gland to function abnormally causing many problems like hair loss, memory impairment and allergies

Supporting the reproductive system

Iodine helps the reproductive organs to grow and mature naturally. At the same time iodine also helps in easy pregnancy and protects the unborn child from neurological problems. In fact, iodine is the deciding factor in the mental and physical health of the unborn child. This is the reason that doctors recommend pregnant women to take iodine supplements because they have to consume for themselves as well as the unborn child

Strengthens the immune system

Viruses and bacteria cannot thrive in an environment that is iodine rich. This is the reason that iodine protects the body from various ailments. It activates the antioxidants and hence builds a strong defense mechanism which in turn prevents serious ailments like cancer and heart disease

Can help in treating fibrocystic diseases

Fibrocystic disease is a condition in which lumps grow in the breast and iodine can help in treating this condition. It reduces the symptoms of fibrosis and prevents the unease and pain that is associated with it. This is the reason that nowadays iodine is used extensively in the treatment of fibrosis. Iodine aids in the stability and functionality of estrogen production which in turn is necessary for the health of the breasts and eliminates the formation of lumps and cysts in the breast

Sustaining cognitive ability

Iodine in the body helps in thinking and conceiving correctly. If you notice a drop in your brain activities then you should immediately check iodine levels. Studies have proved that people suffering from such conditions immediately show improvement after intake of iodine. The productivity in adults increases and it develops cognitive capabilities in children

Regulates many hormones

Iodine helps in the proper functioning of the thyroid gland which produces many hormones in the body. Hence we can say that iodine plays an important role in the functioning of this gland. This in turn keeps the hormones at the proper level and prevents their fluctuating levels. Hormones regulate a lot of processes in the body and iodine enables them to work well

Protecting against radiation

Iodine protects the thyroid gland from absorbing radiation from radioactive elements. This in turn protects the gland from any injury caused due to radiation. This property of iodine is especially useful for people who are working in places where there is a threat of radiation leaks like nuclear power plants or even radiology labs in hospitals. At the same time, iodine is also used to treat patients who are taking radiation treatment

Fighting pathogens

Iodine is a better method to treat diseases caused by pathogens. Oral antibiotics kill both the good and the bad bacteria which causes the body to be deprived of the healthy bacteria and leaving unnecessary residue in the body. On the other hand iodine has a similar effect as that of antibiotics but it does not cause harm to the good bacteria

Protecting against cancer

Iodine helps in the shrinking and death of cancer cells. The process called apoptosis is a process in which there is systematic cell death in multicellular organisms. Iodine stops and kills the cells that grow continually and kill the body. This is the reason that iodine plays a vital role in preventing breast, thyroid, gastric and prostate cancers

Keeping the nails strong

Iodine strengthens the brittle and weak nails. It also improves the overall condition of the nails and protects them from infection. It is necessary to intake a well balanced diet so that you are sure you are consuming the right amount of iodine which will maintain the health of your nails and ensure hard, clear and chip-proof nails

Improving oral health

Iodine kills the harmful bacteria in the mouth which prevents the tooth decay and dullness. Not only this, it also cleans and strengthens the teeth because it acts as a disinfectant and keeps your teeth strong and healthy. It also helps in keeping your mouth fresh and prevents bad breath

Uses of Iodine

Iodine is often used as a sterilizing agent. Most products used for sterilization products for the body contain iodine. It is an excellent wound cleaner and can be used to purify the water. It is also used in number of eye drops as it is known to provide protection against UVB radiation.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Iodine

The good news is that there are many popular foods rich in iodine which you can include in your diet to ensure that you are consuming sufficient amounts of iodine. The ocean is the single largest source of iodine rich foods like kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu and Wakame. It is a good idea to sprinkle these into soups or salads. Cranberries are not just rich in antioxidants but also in iodine. It is recommended that you buy fresh organic berries or juice. Organic yogurt is another rich source of iodine because one serving of yogurt supplies half your daily need of iodine. Other than yogurt there are many probiotic foods which are also rich in iodine and you should include them in your daily diet. Organic navy beans are quite rich in iodine and just ½ a cup of these contains about 32/mcg of iodine. Apart from their high iodine content navy beans are also high in fiber making them an excellent food. Organic strawberries contain about 10 percent of your daily requirement of iodine. One cup of fresh strawberries has about 13/mcg of iodine.

Origin And Cultivation of Iodine

The good news is that there are many popular foods rich in iodine which you can include in your diet to ensure that you are consuming sufficient amounts of iodine. The ocean is the single largest source of iodine rich foods like kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu and Wakame. It is a good idea to sprinkle these into soups or salads. Cranberries are not just rich in antioxidants but also in iodine. It is recommended that you buy fresh organic berries or juice. Organic yogurt is another rich source of iodine because one serving of yogurt supplies half your daily need of iodine. Other than yogurt there are many probiotic foods which are also rich in iodine and you should include them in your daily diet. Organic navy beans are quite rich in iodine and just ½ a cup of these contains about 32/mcg of iodine. Apart from their high iodine content navy beans are also high in fiber making them an excellent food. Organic strawberries contain about 10 percent of your daily requirement of iodine. One cup of fresh strawberries has about 13/mcg of iodine.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am male 50 years old suffering from hypothyroidism, taking thyrox 150 mg. Is there any cure in homeopathy?

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology, Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics, Cetificate Course In Thyroid Disorders Management (CCMTD)
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. Hypothyroidism is a hormone (thyroxine) deficiency disease. This hormone is required at every level in body metabolic activities, hence if our thyroid gland is not able to produce, then it has to be supplemented form outside on daily basis for lifetime. There is no cure in this condition. Some practitioner may be claiming that it can be cured, such claims are not true. Thanks.

My wife age 39 is suffering from allergies ie rashes on body, breathlessness increase in heart beat, low BP 80/40, and vomiting since last 3 months. Doctor prescribed inj hydrocortisone 100, inj ability. But she suffers again and again. Please suggest me what should I do. She takes thyronorm tab 100 since 2009 at that time tsh was 290.0.

MD, Fellowship in Intergrative Medicine, MBBS
Integrated Medicine Specialist, Kochi
Do the correct tests for diagnosing hypothyroidism change thyronorm which is synthetic T4 -INACTIVE HORMONE t3 IS THE ACTIVE HORMONE T4 needs to convert to T3 which requrires iodine, zinc,iron ,b12 and selenium if you do not supplement them t4 is not going to convert to t3 and your wife is going to take medicines lifelong which is not needed provided you do thre right tests and go the right Dr. eat only plant based foods, stop all diary products and meat send feedback with name email and working phone number and I will connect with you. Please visit an endocrinologist only and get evaluated for low bp and rashes.

Have undergone circumcision operation on 15-01-2018. Q 1) Can skin again developed? If yes, in how many days? If no, what can I do for developing skin again. Can I get plastic surgery. Q 2) If cloth is in touch with my pennis, it will very painful and can not walk. What can I do? Q 3) If erect power of penis is decrease, then what can I do? Q 4) The following tablets are given: Ciplox - 1-0-1 5 days Chymoral Forte - 1-1-1 5 days Hifenac. P - 1-0-1 5 days Q 5) What are benefits for above 3 tablets. Q 6) Whether above 3 tablets are enough? Is there there any dressing for my pennis?

MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Vadodara
Hello, Mr. lybrate-user, How Are you? I read your complaints. Let me clear your doubts-- 1]The skin with mucosa cut by surgery in circumcision can not grow again. No need for plastic surgery for that. Circumcision is advantageous to us as Cancer of penis will not develop in future life. 2] Wait to heal the operative area. Take rest. Wear loos cloth like Lungi. 3] There will not be any effect on erection of penis in normal circumcision surgery. U can enjoy your sexual life after 3 months of surgery. 4] All these drugs are necessary to prevent infection, to decrease pain. 5] All these medicines are to be consumed regularly. 6] These are enough drugs. You have to consult your surgeon again before the last dose of medicines. If necessary, dressings will be done by him. If there is some necessity, he will prescribe more medicine. Thanks. Best of Luck & do not worry. Take rest for 7 days for better healing.

Hi I am 26 years old woman. Yesterday I had blood tests. I have tsh level 4.15 and platelets count is 406. So I need to ask you if there is a problem. How to get avoid of these. Diet planning and exercises.

Nutrition - Management of Weight & Lifestyle Related Disorders
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Yes, firstly you have to consul your doctor for TSH Levels and platelet count. However, you should start taking a balanced diet and include up giloy juice/ giloy vati, coconut water, papaya leaf juice & wheatgrass juice to increase up platelet count. Include high fiber diet, fruits and salad in your diet. Take frequent meals. Sample Plan: Breakfast:Wheat Flakes With Milk, Mid Morning: Fruit Platter, Lunch: Oat Meal Chapati With Vegetable and Salad, Evening: Jasmine Tea, Dinner: Quinoa Salad. Avoid excessive salt intake in the diet, Iodine-suppressing foods like cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, soybeans, and turnips, caffeine drinks like coffee, cola. Prepackaged and processed foods, sugars (such as pastries and candy. Excessive fat consumption but include small amount of coconut oil which is good for hypothyroidism.

I was hypothyroidism patient but now I just stop taken any medicine as it was controlled but I gained allot of weight which is now not going down. How to control or lose weight at home.

MBBS, MD, DHMS (Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery)
Homeopath, Indore
Diet and lack of exercise are the two most important factors that contribute to obesity. While the modern day diet is becoming more and more full of fats, sweets and empty calories, it is becoming devoid of nutritious vitamins and minerals. The fibre content is also decreasing. One tends to stack up on junk food in an effort to take a quick bite while on the go. Even for commuting short distances, one uses cars or two wheelers. All these things are readily contributing to this epidemic of obesity. When it comes to getting rid of the excess fat, one needs to work conscientiously and consistently on both the counts mentioned above. One’s diet has to be altered so as to include more and more natural fruits and vegetables. Processed food and junk food should be cut down to the minimum. A daily exercise regimen needs to be adopted. Exercising for 30-40 minutes for a minimum of 5 days a week is necessary. Various exercise to reduce fat are - Crunches Walking Running Jogging Cycling Swimming Homeopathy helps by regulating the metabolic system of the individual. There are more than 100 medicines listed in the Homeopathic literature for obesity. It is a tough job selecting the right medicine for a particular patient. One needs to take into account a lot of things before selecting the right course of treatment. These things relate to other symptoms or conditions that may be present or the person may be suffering from. A lot of importance is given to the reason, if any can be found that stimulated weight gain. This reason could be a particular illness or an event or some psychological setback in life. The general reaction of the person to extremes of temperature, his or heating habits also need to be taken into account. You can easily take an online consultation for further treatment guidance and permanent cure.
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Popular Health Tips

Breast Cancer - Is Homeopathy Helpful In Treating It?

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Jaipur
Breast Cancer - Is Homeopathy Helpful In Treating It?

The incidence of breast cancer is increasing worldwide, especially in the western world due to a variety of factors like diet, genetics and lifestyle, including body weight. Other predominant factors are ovarian function and oestrogen exposure, pregnancy, and lactation. It is the second most common carcinoma in women and it occurs mostly after the age of 30. It’s most commonly seen in the age group of 40-60. Even though there is so much of awareness about this cancer, there is a high incidence of this cancer going undetected.

This cancer is treatable if detected early. For this, we need to know its common symptoms, which are

  1. Lump in breast i.e. presence of a hard mass in the breast with no defined margins
  2. Bleeding from nipple
  3. Nipple retraction
  4. Redness and pain

If left undetected, cancer in the breasts can spread to the bones, liver and even the brain.

Homeopathic treatment
We all know that Homeopathy, a popular holistic system of medicine cures by using the principle of ‘Like cures like’. Homeopathy relies on a specialised remedy based on the physical, psychological and emotional symptoms of a patient. This is the reason that self-medication fails abysmally in homoeopathy. The homoeopathic medicines for breast cancer in this article thus should be used just as a reference and you should consult a good homoeopath for a complete cure. Several proven homoeopathic remedies are available to treat symptoms of breast cancer like:

  1. Conium Mac: It is an excellent cure for breast cancer, especially when the breasts are hard and tender. The breast becomes rock-hard and there is a stinging pain in this type of breast cancer which starts in the milk ducts and spreads to outer regions. This type of breast cancer is tackled by Conium Mac.
  2. Baryta Carb: This homoeopathic drug is used when the breast is enlarged and inflamed. The mammary gland is also hard and stony plus sensitive to touch. The milk glands in this type of cancer become enlarged and tender. Blood from the nipple is another indication for use of Baryta carb.
  3. Hydrastis Can: The patient has to swell of the mammary glands and complains of pain and tenderness. Her nipples are engorged, have cracks and a watery discharge.
  4. Iodine: This homoeopathic remedy works mostly on the enlargement of the breasts which may be malignant or malign. In this type of cancer, the mucous membrane of the mammary glands as well as the breast tissue gets inflamed. The breast tissue becomes enlarged and hard and presents with nodes.
  5. Phytolacca: A hard, irregular tumour with retracted nipples is the main indication for this homoeopathic remedy. A sore that extends from the breasts to the arms is another predominant feature. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Thyroid Surgery - Why It Is Performed?

FAIS, FIAGES, MS - General Surgery, MBBS
General Surgeon, Noida
Thyroid Surgery - Why It Is Performed?

Thyroid surgery is performed with the partial or complete removal of the thyroid gland when the patient is diagnosed with thyroid cancer, abnormal cyst formation, goitre, hyperthyroidism or painful thyroid nodules. There are 3 types of thyroid surgery which are performed – lobectomy (removal of part of the thyroid gland), subtotal thyroidectomy (characterized by the removal of the whole thyroid gland but presence of some of the thyroid tissues) and total thyroidectomy (removal of the whole thyroid gland and thyroid tissues).

The surgery is performed on the patient under local anaesthesia with a small cut over the skin and the subsequent compression of the tissues and muscles to expose the thyroid gland for operation. The factors on which recovery depends mainly include the age of the patient, the type of surgery performed and the extent to which the cancer has spread.

Here are the reasons because of which thyroid surgery is performed:

  1. Surgery might be performed if there is an abnormal enlargement of the thyroid gland, known as goitre, which obstructs common functions such as chewing foods, breathing and talking because of throat blockage.
  2. Surgery is a go-to respite for people suffering from hyperthyroidism as this disorder is impossible to diagnose by means of medications or radioactive iodine. Hyperthyroidism occurs because of a side-effect of another disorder called Grave’s Disease. This disease makes the antibodies attack the thyroid gland, as a result of which the gland tends to overproduce hormones.
  3. The most common reason for getting a thyroid surgery is the presence of abnormal cysts or nodule formation in the thyroid gland. While most of the nodules are usually non-malignant in nature, some of them can be cancerous. The benign nodules can also cause significant obstruction with normal bodily functions if they are not treated on time.

Risks

Like any other major surgery, thyroid surgery has its own share of risks, which are:

  • Severe bleeding, infection and allergic reactions to local anaesthetics.
  • Significant damage to the parathyroid glands (which are responsible for controlling the calcium level of the body) and the laryngeal nerves (situated adjacently to the vocal chords).

These risks can be prevented by prescribed dosage of supplements. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Inflammation Of The Thyroid Gland - Can It Be Safely Controlled & Treated?

MD - Ayurveda, CIY, Guru Shishya parampara, BAMS
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Inflammation Of The Thyroid Gland - Can It Be Safely Controlled & Treated?

When the thyroid gland is affected, leading to the thyroid disorder of an underactive nature, it is termed as hypothyroidism. The thyroid gland which is found in the lower portion of the neck is critical to the proper functioning of the human body’s metabolism. In simple words, the thyroid hormone being released by this gland has to travel throughout the body to help in the use of energy gained from the food consumed and to keep the vital parameters such as the heartbeat in the right condition. When some antibodies attack the thyroid gland, and don’t permit it to release adequate amounts of hormones into the system, the hypothyroid condition results.

The Causes for Hypothyroidism
An inflammation caused to the thyroid gland can result in this condition. This is an auto-immune disorder, in the sense that some internal factors can trigger this inflammation. Medically, the inflammation is termed “thyroiditis”. There are also other factors that can cause hypothyroidism. These include radiation therapy. If the therapy has been administered near the neck area and the rays have penetrated to the thyroid gland, the inflammation can occur. Even those suffering from hyperthyroidism, the overactive form of thyroid and given radioactive iodine treatment can suffer from this condition due to the damage caused to the gland. Lastly, certain specific medications, if consumed regularly, can cause the condition.

Particular Sections of the Community at Risk
While there is no strict division among the population on vulnerability to be affected by hypothyroidism, research has indicated that women, and that too older women, may be more at risk. Men may be at a lower risk. Besides this, there are other profiles such as race and age which can also have a bearing on the level of risk. Of particular significance is that people who already suffer from autoimmune disorders are more likely to suffer from hypothyroidism than others.

Symptoms and Diagnosis
Many symptoms might not be unique to the hypothyroidism condition and can be misleading. Constipation, depression, hair loss and fatigue are some of them and an experienced medical practitioner will weigh the other factors, including the profiles explained above to reach the proper conclusion. The conventional TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) and T-4 (thyroxine) blood tests will be advised by the physician and the results should provide a reasonable confirmation of the condition. If doubts still persist an ultrasound or scan can also be ordered.

Hypothyroidism Treatment
As mentioned, for the body’s metabolism to function normally, it is essential that the thyroid gland releases the thyroid hormone in sufficient quantities. Treatment of hypothyroidism is therefore very essential. The most frequently followed treatment is to prescribe regular intake of the synthetic thyroid hormone called T4. It is usually available in the form of a pill and has to be taken daily. The physician will know the concentration and dosage to be advised. Periodically testing your blood is necessary to monitor the levels.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Homeopathy And Dandruff

BHMS
Homeopath, Delhi
Homeopathy And Dandruff

HOMOEOPATHY WORKS BEST FOR DANDRUFF 

DANDRUFF [DANDRUFF]

Dry white flakes of skin, on your scalp is known as dandruff.
• It is not a health risk, but is a source of embarrassment.
• Some people have the wrong notion that it is because of bad hygiene or washing the hair often - this is a false belief. It is just that people having dandruff shed more skin then others.
• However some dermatologists suggest that is caused by a yeast fungus that is believed to breed in a combination of sebaceous oil and dead skin cells.
 
CAUSES:
• A family history of dandruff.
• Excessive sweating of the scalp.
• Excessive mental and physical stress.
• Use of alkaline soaps.
• Cold dry winter season.
Psoriasis of scalp.
• Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
• Improper carbohydrate and sugar consumption.
• Nutrient deficiencies – B-complex, essential fatty acids, selenium.
 
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS:
• Flakes of skin which may be small and white or large greasy and yellow.
• Itching on scalp, eyebrows, nose or ears.
• It can be worse in winters.
 
DIETARY MANAGEMENT:
Avoid:
• Avoid fatty and oily food.
• Avoid dairy products (except yoghurt) – cheese, cottage cheese and seafood.
• Avoid sugar, white flour and chocolate
• Avoid excess alcohol.
• Avoid stress.
• Even though dandruff is dry flaking skin do not normally apply excessive oil as it may provide an environment for yeast to breed.
 
DO:
• Add one tea spoon of vinegar to the rinsing water after washing your hair.
• Before washing your hair, apply a mixture of 8 table spoon of pure organic peanut oil and 2 table spoon lemon juice and massage into the scalp. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then shampoo.
• You can replace oil with coconut milk or coconut water; leave it over night and shampoo.
• Wash hair with natural, herbal ingredients rather than chemical – take mixture of amla (Indian goose berri) powder, aritha (sapindus Laurifotius) powder and shikakai (Acacia Concinna) powder, soak it in water over night and wash hair with the mixture.
• Practice yoga, helps in relieving stress and will increase blood circulation.
• Natural live yoghurt is recommended as a natural conditioner.
• Avoid harsh hair dyes and hair creams.
• Softly massage your scalp when you shampoo or oil. This will help blood circulation and prevent skin from drying and cracking.
 
CONSUME:
• Drink plenty of water.
• Eat large percentage of your diet as raw fruits and vegetables.
• Consume (3-4) nuts and seeds daily.
• Consume linseed oil – 2 table spoon.
• Consumption of Aloe vera juice is also helpful.
• Consume Kelp and Japanese sea plants frequently as they supply many minerals like iodine which are better for hair growth and healing of the scalp.
• Increase intake of zinc in diet:
– Shellfish, beef and other red meats, eggs and seafood, milk and milk products, nuts, sea plants especially Japanese sea.
• Consume diet rich in antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.
• Increase intake of foods that contain PUFA's (poly unsaturated fatty acids): flax / linseed oil is the richest source of PUFA's. Other oils that contain PUFA's are safflower oil, soybean oil, maize oil, sesame oil, olive oil. As all oils are high in fats, its consumption should be limited. The intake of oils should not exceed 20gms a day.
• Sesame oil and almond oil hinders the absorption of LDL (low-density lipoproteins), so it is advisable to use replace other cooking oils by sesame oil.
• Consume lots of Selenium:
– Fish, shellfish, eggs, red meat, chicken, liver, grains, Brazil nuts, garlic, wheat germ and brewer's yeast.
• Consume lots of Vitamin B complex:
– Liver, kidney, pancreas, yeast (Brewer's yeast), lean meat especially pork, fish, dairy products, poultry, egg, shrimps, crabs and lobsters,.
– Milk and milk products, green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grain cereals.
– Carrots, bananas, avocado, raspberries, artichoke, cauliflower, soy flour, barley, cereals, pasta, whole grains, wheat barn like rice and wheat germ, dried beans, peas and soybeans.
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Athlete's Foot - 7 Alternative Remedies For You!

MBBS
General Physician, Jammu
Athlete's Foot - 7 Alternative Remedies For You!

Athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, is an infectious bacterial fungal contamination that affects the skin on the feet and can spread to the toenails and in some cases to the hands as well. The fungal disease is called athlete’s foot, since it is ordinarily found in athletes. Athlete’s foot is not that serious, however, sometimes it is difficult to cure. In case you have diabetes or a week immune system and suspect that you have athlete’s foot, you need to call your specialist or doctor immediately.

Regardless, here are few alternative ways to treat athlete’s foot:

  1. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) has been used as an option for treating athlete’s foot with some success. 50% of the solutions of tea tree oil successfully treated this disease in 64% of the trial members. Put 40 drops of organic tea tree oil to a footbath and dip your feet for 10 minutes. Later, while drying the feet, rub a couple of drops of the oil directly on the affected area. Tea tree oil has properties that will stop the growth in vigorously affected zones and prevent it from spreading to unaffected areas, although tea tree oil can also bring about skin dermatitis in a few people.
  2. Ozonated olive oil: Using ozonated olive oil can likewise help with athlete's foot. Use the glue to swab your spotless, dry feet every morning and night. This will clear up the growth within just two to four days and can be used as a preventive measure against future flare-ups.
  3. Soaking your feet: Soak your feet in two tablespoons of Himalayan Crystal salt and half a glass of organic apple cider vinegar solution and blend it with some warm water. This makes an exceptionally acidic environment in which the parasite cannot live. You can then wipe your feet with a cotton cloth. You can also wipe down the inner parts of shoes to keep the growth from sticking there.
  4. Swab with cotton: Sesame and raw virgin coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties and can be used specifically to the feet. Swab it generously on clean dry feet with a cotton ball twice every day.
  5. Yogurt: Yogurt containing dynamic bacterial organisms is exceptionally successful in battling fungal infections like athlete’s foot. The live acidophilus bacteria present in plain yogurt keeps the contagious and bacterial infections in check.
  6. Room for air: A warm and moist environment is bad for fungal infections. Go barefoot when you are not in a damp area, and while going out wear shoes or open-toed shoes. You may not be enthusiastic about flaunting your feet during this condition. However, it might be worthwhile if it means that they will heal faster this way.
  7. Soak your feet in PVPIPovidone-iodine (PVPI) is usually known by its principle image name, Betadine. It is a medicine used to treat and heal fungal wounds. It is additionally used in skin disease treatments and is a very effective bactericide. It is useful to battle yeasts, molds and parasites, in addition to other things. Soaking your feet in Betadine can help you get rid of athlete’s foot.
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Table of Content

Iodine
Nutritional Value of Iodine
Health Benefits of Iodine
Regulating metabolism
Supporting the thyroid gland
Supporting the reproductive system
Strengthens the immune system
Can help in treating fibrocystic diseases
Sustaining cognitive ability
Regulates many hormones
Protecting against radiation
Fighting pathogens
Protecting against cancer
Keeping the nails strong
Improving oral health
Uses of Iodine
Side-Effects & Allergies of Iodine
Origin And Cultivation of Iodine