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Thyroid Diseases Linked to Popular Beverages, Citrus Flavor in Particular

by Valik Rudd

Mar
15

More than 12% of people in the United States will develop some sort of thyroid problem. That is the statistic and this number can be lower or even completely insignificant if people would start reading their food labels and educating themselves on what it is that they are putting into their bodies.

The Killer Ingredient

It’s called Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO), the ingredient that sounds like just another harmless vegetable oil but what is not obvious, well to the people that don’t know, is the word Brominated. This means that the vegetable oil has been infused with Bromines.

Bromines are elements that once ingested, are treated by our bodies as iodine. There are not very many foods rich in iodine in an average American diet so iodine, which is an essential element for our bodies, is not something that our bodies get a lot of in the first place. Bromines come in and take the position of iodine and fills all the spots where iodine has to be. The body is tricked into thinking that it has plenty of iodine and it does not retain any more.

Why is Iodine So Important?

Most importantly, Iodine promotes the functioning of the thyroid gland which produces hormones that control a lot of the body’s organs. The heart rate, blood pressure, the body temperature and weight are all controlled with hormones that the thyroid gland produces.

Without Iodine, our bodies would lose the ability to function properly. Iodine also promotes the metabolism of cells, which is the conversion of food into energy.

Iodine strengthens the immune system, which runs the repair and renewal of cells and other systems in our bodies.

Iodine removes toxic chemicals and heavy metals out of our bodies. We are exposed to these on daily basis. Mercury, lead, fluoride, all these things kill the body. Without the body being able to protect it self and cope with it, it would quickly die.

Citrus Beverages Contain BVO

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Soda products, that contain citrus oils in particular are ones that are partially responsible for this. Not because they contain the citrus oils but because of the chemical they use to emulsify it and make it mix in with the water and not float on top like oils tend to do.

Beverages like, Mountain Dew, Squirt, Fanta Orange, Sunkist Pineapple, Gatorade Thirst Quincher Orange, Powerade Strawberry Lemonade and Fresca Original Citrus are all the products that you may want to steer away from.

Just think, insane amount, one billion gallons of Mountain Dew is consumed by the US population per year. This is just Mountain Dew, what about others.

Having these drinks once in a while is not the problem, we ingest far worse ingredients on daily basis. Binge drinking these beverages, in quantities like liters per day will kill you, and if not, will surely make you badly sick.

The Solution!

Read the ingredients and labels on the food you buy! There is a reason they are there. Know what you put into your bodies!

Wean your self from the sodas and onto water. I remember when my wife and I just got married, our refrigerator was stocked with soda. We made sure to always have it and never run out. Thinking back to that, I can’t believe that we did that. It took years but with small steps we replaced the stock of soda pop with bottles of water. It is a choice you have to make on daily basis until it becomes a habit.

The brain forms habits from doing something for a prolonged period of time and it like to continue the pattern. Most habits tend to lose their grip after about 21 days and after 60 days they completely let go. So look forward to that 21st day and it will get easier. Make the conscious decision to drink water instead of soda. Change your life in increments of 21 days, you’ll be amazed.

 

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