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Is Your Water Filter Making You Sick?



There is so much CRAP in our city water…drug residue, chemicals, pesticides, you name it. And you are DRINKING that every time you drink from the tap. What’s worse is even when you try to filter it out with water filtration systems, sometimes you are not only filtering out the bad stuff, but all the good stuff too like the minerals!

In this episode, I dive into which filters suck and which are the best. I discuss the difference in tap water, well water and natural water. Did you know you can get a water report from your municipality to see what is floating around in your drinking water? After this episode, you’ll definitely reconsider drinking from the tap and figure out if your water filter is making you sick.

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Hey, guys. How's it going? Welcome to another fantastic episode of HIGH on Energy Podcast. I'm Kendra Perry. I'm your host, and today, we're going to be talking about topic that I really enjoy talking about.

We're going to be talking about water, which is incredibly important. This really is one of the basics of health, and it's one that a lot of people are not honoring and wondering why they feel sick and tired when really, it could be their water, or even their water filter, so even their best attempts to filter their water could actually be making you or them sick, okay? Today, we're going to talk about why water is so important, why one of the first things that you should invest in when you want to spend some money and invest in your health is your water. We're going to be talking about water filtration, what the worst types of water filtration systems are, and these might actually surprise you because one of them in particular is a water filter that a ton of people use. A lot of people use it.

We're going to be talking about that, and we're going to be talking about what is the best type of water you should be drinking in order to be healthy, in order to have energy levels, to feel your very, very best, okay? Guys, if you're on with me on Facebook Live right now, make sure to say hey. Let me know you're here, and I love engaging with you, so ask me questions. If you have anything that you want to ask me, I'm more than happy to ask you, and remember, this livestream also goes out as a podcast on Thursdays, so if you guys want to listen to me, rather than hang out with me on video, you can do that as well. It's just the HIGH on Energy Podcast, and you can subscribe on iTunes or pretty much any podcast app.

It's everywhere. Okay. Guys, let's talk about first why water is so important. This is something really important to consider, okay? 65% of your body is actually made up of water, right?

That is a massive portion of your body, right? 65%. 65%, that is a lot, okay? If you are drinking toxic, unclean water, full of chemicals and metals, and that goes in and makes up 65% of your body, do you actually think that that's going to allow you to be healthy? Hopefully, when you think of it that way, you easily come to the conclusion as no, right?

It's not. It's not a way to be healthy, and it's really, really important that we drink clean water because so much of our body is actually made up of water, right? Really, really important stuff. You might be thinking, "Well, my city or my town has the cleanest water in the world. We have clean water," but I'm going to counter that with, "Well, it's not clean water."

Almost no water that is coming out of your tap is actually clean water, okay? What do I mean by this? If you are drinking city or municipal water, so you live in a town, you're drinking water out of a tap that doesn't come from a creek or a well, you are drinking city water, municipal water, okay? It is not clean water because there are actually a lot of chemicals that your city or municipality is adding to your water that can actually be making you sick. The reason why they call it clean water is because it's more than likely free of organisms, parasites, bacteria, salmonella, E.coli, things that can make you sick from a microbial standpoint, but in order to do that, they are actually putting chemicals in the water to disinfect it, okay?

They are putting in chlorine. Chlorine, pretty much across the board, if you are drinking city, municipal water in North America, you are drinking chlorinated water, okay? The other thing that might be in there is chloramine, which is similar to chlorine, and also has the same sort of disinfectant type effect, and depending on where you live in the world, you may also have fluoride, okay? Not all city, municipal water systems add fluoride, but they are all adding chlorine and chloramine. If you don't believe me, just go Google your city water's report.

It's online, it's available to the public, and you can actually read and see that they add those things to the water, and that is a big frigging issue, okay? This is a big issue for a number of reasons. First of all, chlorine, chloramine and fluoride are the halide metals or chemicals, okay? They actually are incredibly toxic, and they actually compete with certain minerals in the body. Specifically, they compete with iodine.

Now, iodine is a really important mineral for your thyroid, and also for energy. Your thyroid hormone, the hormone that regulates your metabolism and gives you energy is actually made from iodine, okay? It's made from iodine. The halide chemicals, like the fluoride, the chlorine, the chloramine, they actually compete with iodine and drive it out of the body. This is a big reason why people have so many thyroid issues and why people are so fatigued because they're drinking water that is actually pushing energy and downregulating their thyroid hormones.

Iodine actually sits below these chemicals on a periodic table, so if we get super nerdy here, we think about high school chemistry class, we think about that periodic table that lists all the elements. They're actually in the same column, which means that they have similar properties, which means that they can confuse each other on binding sites in the body, okay? One of the biggest reasons that people don't get enough iodine, even when they're consuming an iodine-rich diet is actually exposure to these types of chemicals, okay? These can go in your body and actually interfere with all kinds of different processes and chemical reactions in the body. The other thing that is really important to consider with these types of chemicals is that they have low vapor points, so they easily vaporize into gas when heated, okay? Basically, when you have a shower in hot water that has chlorine, or fluoride, or chloramine in it, these will vaporize into a gas, and you will actually absorb them when you're breathing or into your lungs, okay?

It's pretty interesting stuff. That is a really big deal with city and municipal water because even if it comes from a clean source, even if you're living in the mountains like me, I live in a mountain town, but the tap, the water that comes out of my tap is municipal water, and it is chlorinated. That in itself means that you are not drinking clean water. It is not clean water. It is chemical water, okay?

The other things that you need to consider with city and municipal water is contamination from metals. A lot of this water is running through pipes of different materials. It could come from copper pipes, which might be in your house. You live in an old house, your water is running through copper. That copper can contaminate the water.

There may be lead pipes, there may be iron pipes, or maybe all these different types of pipes that actually leach these metals into the water. Metals are incredibly toxic. There is no physiological function, okay? There's zero, and they are going to interfere with your metabolic processes, okay? The other thing that is a really big issue for city, municipal water is the leaching of pesticides, environmental chemicals, fertilizers, that sort of thing, even radiation.

Radiation can be a really big factor in certain water supplies, and all these things actually get into our water supply, and when we take that water and we drink it out of the tap, you are putting those chemicals into your body, okay? The other thing ... There's another issue. There is another big issue, is drug residues, okay? This is a big issue mostly in cities, but it can also be in small towns, depending on where you live.

A lot of people are taking drugs, right? They're taking prescriptions, they're taking hormone replacement therapy, birth control, cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood pressure medication, antidepressants, all these things, and the residues of these drugs get peed out, and that water, that sewage water actually goes back into the water system. It gets filtered, it goes through a bunch of filtration processes, it gets disinfected with the chlorine, but those drug residues actually will remain in your water. Really, really interesting stuff. We are getting exposed to all the drugs that people are taking in the town or city that we live in, and right now, as far as I know, there is no city or municipality that is actually filtering for this type of water, or for these contaminants in the water, so this is a really big issue.

I have a lot of people tell me, they're like, "Well, I drink clean water." I'm like, "Does it come from a tap? It's not clean water." What about well water? That's what you might be asking about because I know a lot of people who live in the country might be on well water.

Well water has its own issues, so it may not have drug residues, but it can still have chemical fertilizers and pesticides, especially if you live in an area where there is agriculture near you. You may also have iron, manganese, or copper, or cobalt. Those are metals I tend to see, and minerals I tend to see really high on hair mineral analysis when those people are drinking well water, okay? You also have to consider that your water is running through some sort of metal pipe, whatever that is, and that could also be leeching into your water. Recently, I had a member in my HIGH on Energy membership, lots going on health wise, and she is drinking well water, and we actually found her well water to be completely contaminated in uranium and arsenic.

That's what it said on her hair mineral analysis. She was incredibly high in uranium and arsenic, and then interestingly enough, she ran a water report, and the water report also found arsenic and uranium that were several times the normal limit, and the chemist who ran the panel was blown away, okay? What is in your water is getting into your body, okay? It's making you sick. This is a really big thing.

When we think about reducing our exposure to toxins and metals, the most important thing is to clean our water because the primary way that we are actually getting exposed to these things is through water. So much stuff can be in water. So many contaminants. If you've been paying attention, there can be so many chemicals, metals, environmental contaminants, drug residues, pesticides, fertilizers, chlorine, chloramine, fluoride. All these things are in the water, and then you're drinking that all at once, and it's water. It's so important.

We can't live without it. We would survive such a short time without water. Remember, our bodies are 65% water, and if that is contaminated, that is a big issue. If you are drinking any type of water, well water, municipal, city water, you probably need a filter. Even myself. I'm building a house right now out in the country, and we're going to be on creek-fed water.

That's non-chlorinated. It just goes through basically a carbon filter. It's going to be super, super basic. I'm still going to filter my water, because there's all kinds of things that can leach into the water from our environment, okay? Really, really important you need to be filtering your water. If it's a well, if it's municipal, if it's city, if it's tap water, you have to filter your water.

You are getting exposed to a lot of crap through the water, and I can usually tell when I run hair mineral analysis testing because I'll just see so many metals being excreted, and I'm like, "Hey, are you drinking tap water?", and usually, the answer is yes. It's pretty much across the board making you contaminated, and that is going to ... If you follow this podcast, if you watch HIGH on Energy, you know that metals and environmental toxins, these sorts of things really do have a massive impact in your energy levels, and they are going to totally crush your energy levels, so water filtration is incredibly important. Now, I want to talk about water filtration because your water filter, as is the name of this episode, can actually be making you sick because all water filters are actually not created equally, so really important to have a proper water filtration system, okay? When you purchase a water filtration system, these are the questions you need to be asking the manufacturer. First of all, "What contaminants does it filter?"

It should be filtering the widest variety of contaminants, so that should include radiation, drug residues, metals, copper, it should be filtering chlorine, chloramine, fluoride if it's in your water, and you can pull up your water report to check for fluoride because it's not in everybody's water, okay? Pesticides, fertilizers. It should be filtering for all of those things, so the widest spectrum of contaminants, okay? The most important thing is that it doesn't [inaudible 00:13:35] remove minerals from the water, okay? You need to drink mineral-rich water to be able to absorb water into your cell.

Without minerals, that water actually does not get into your cell, so you might notice that when you increase your water consumption, that you just pee a lot. You just pee it out. That's because you're filling up the ocean of water outside the cell, but you're not actually getting that water into the cell. Cellular dehydration is a real thing. I see it all the time.

A lot of people have that going on, and if you're drinking mineral-poor water, that water doesn't get into the cell, okay? Lacking minerals in water also makes water acidic. We don't want to be drinking acidic water. We want to be drinking alkaline water that is naturally alkaline from having lots of minerals in it. This is a big reason why I always tell people to salt their water.

Helps add minerals back into water, but you want to make sure that you're drinking naturally mineral-rich water, and then on top of that, you want to be adding salt into your water to help remineralize it, okay? This is going to help you get hydrated in your cell. It's going to actually help you hold onto that water, okay? Let's break down some of the most common filters, okay? Number one, this is probably the most common water filter that I see people have, and it's reverse osmosis, okay?

A lot of people have reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis is probably one of the worst culprits for water filters. Yes, it is not a good water filter. It is definitely making you tired and fatigued, and this is why. Reverse osmosis is actually really, really good at removing contaminants from the water, but it takes all the minerals with it, so it makes dead water mineral-poor water, zero mineral water, and you can actually not hydrate yourself from reverse osmosis water, and I really noticed this.

When I go traveling and I'm in the airport, and typically the water they give you on the plane is reverse osmosis. Like I could drink that water until the cows come home, and it does not quench my thirst, and I just go into the bathroom, pee it out, okay? You cannot actually hydrate yourself from reverse osmosis water. It is impossible, okay? It's really unfortunate because a lot of people have reverse osmosis.

They spent a lot of money to put that system into their house, but it is not acceptable. A lot of people will ask me the question, "Well, can I actually add salt into the water or re-add the minerals back into the water?" You can't. You've artificially disrupted the structure of that water, and adding minerals back in isn't actually going to help, okay? It just can't be reverse osmosis, and this is a little bit of information.

Kamloops, which is a town in British Columbia actually added reverse osmosis into their entire water system, which is really unfortunate because now, if you want to drink mineral-rich water in Kamloops, you have to go buy bottled water because if you're taking it from your tap, it is not healthy water to actually drink, okay? Okay. That's reverse osmosis. reverse osmosis is a nah-ah, not good, okay? Next, I want to talk about distillation.

Distillation basically uses heat, uses steam to remove contaminants, and distillation is actually a lot like reverse osmosis in that it is very good at getting rid of contaminants, but it also destroys the mineral structure of the water, so again, you actually can't hydrate yourself with distilled water. I do not recommend it. It's less common than reverse osmosis, but I do see a lot of people still using it, so distillation is not a good water filtration system. The next one that a lot of people have is ionizers or alkaline water systems. Yeah.

Again, not my favorite. A lot of them are really expensive. They're incredibly expensive, and I don't think it's a good use of your money. They are not very good at removing all the contaminants, and a lot of them actually alkalize the water by running water over metal plates, which will temporarily make the water alkalized, but if you test it 30 minutes later, it will go back to acidic, so not a very good way to filter your water easily and really not a good use of your money. They tend to be very expensive, like I said, and they don't really get all the contaminants, and they don't actually mineralize your water very well.

I actually think they're kind of hokey, because really, like just natural water, natural mineral-rich water that comes off the mountain is actually naturally [alkaline 00:18:15] from all the minerals that are in it, okay? When it comes to filtering your water, really, really important to make sure that you are removing the contaminants, but you're not affecting the mineral structure of the water. These are the questions if you're looking ... I'm going to make some recommendations. I'm going to tell you what water filter to actually buy, because I have a couple that I think are really good, and currently, there's only two that I recommend, and there's one that I recommend the most, but these are the questions you need to ask your manufacturer of your water filter.

First of all, "What contaminants does it remove?" It should remove metals, copper, pesticides, fertilizers, VOCs, Volatile organic compounds, chloramine, chlorine, fluoride if you have fluoride in your water ... It's not added to all water, but definitely check your water report, radiation and drug residues. Drug residues is a really important one because in city, municipal water, everyone's on drugs. We peel it back out into the water.

Super gross. Gets back into the water supply, okay? That water is just recycled. We are just drinking recycled water. We are no longer drinking water that runs over rocks, and picks up minerals as it goes, right? You want to know that, but you also want to know, "Does this filter affect the mineral structure of the water?"

If the answer is, "Yeah, it does, but we put it back in," that's not good enough, okay? That's a bad sign. That is a big red flag, because there is nothing ... Once you pull the minerals from the water, there's nothing you can do to really add them back in because you've basically irreversibly affected the structure of that water. The other thing to keep in mind is if they're adding minerals back in, they're not adding back in all the minerals.

They're probably just putting some calcium, some potassium, some sodium, a few of the basic minerals back into the water, but they're not putting all the minerals back in. They're not doing it, okay? That's why it's really important to get a filter that doesn't disrupt the mineral structure of the water to begin with. Very, very important, okay? My personal favorite filter is Pure Effect Filters.

I love it. I absolutely love it. Best filter by far. The creator of this filter is this ... He's a European dude, and he's a fish researcher, and he was trying to raise his fish and allow them to thrive so he could research them, but what he found, because obviously fish, they absorb all the water through their skin, they are very sensitive to contaminants and mineral levels in the water.

What he found was that either the water filter didn't remove enough contaminants, and his fish didn't thrive or they died, or they removed all the contaminants, but they pulled all the minerals out of the water, and the fish didn't thrive. This water filter, he actually created to allow his fish to thrive, which I think is very cool. It pulls out all the crap that we just talked about, but it does not affect the mineral structure of the water. It's called Pure Effect Filters. I'll put that in the show notes in the chat box, and basically ...

Just let me write that in there. Basically, it's probably one of the cheaper filters on the markets, which is why I really like it, because a lot of them, you can spend a lot of money on, and they're not even very good. If you don't have fluoride in your water, you can go with their Compact version, which is their cheapest version. It's about 179 bucks U.S.. I have this one. It attaches to your faucet, which I love.

It's not a canister filter, which you have to fill up every night. You literally just attach it to your faucet, and it comes out. You can get ones that go over the sink or under the sink. The cheapest one just goes to the top faucet, but you can get ones that actually go below the sink, but if you do have fluoride in your water, then you probably want to go with the Pure Effect Ultra, which is a bit more expensive, but it will get the fluoride out of the water because you absolutely do not want to be drinking fluoride. Now, if you live in an area that has really high uranium levels, if you have a lot of granite rock in your area, you probably want to go with the Ultra because it will filter the uranium.

Now, I live in the Kootenays. We actually live in a really high uranium area, so at some point, when I move into my new house this fall, I'm probably going to be upgrading to the Ultra filter because I actually do want to filter out that uranium as well. The good news is the Compact does filter out radon, and uranium and radon do tend to come together, okay? That is a fantastic filter. Love this filter. Honestly, it makes your water taste like a glacial stream.

It's funny, like I've been drinking clean water for a couple of years now. Now, when I go to someone's house and I have a glass of water from the tap, I can't even drink it because it tastes so disgusting to me, it tastes like pool water. You will really start to notice the chlorinated water once you stop drinking it, because we get accustomed to it, but then, once you actually drink it, you're like, "Holy crap." When I go to my parents' house in Vernon, and I take a hot shower, all I can smell is the chlorine. I have to have these super short showers because I'm super sensitive to it, because I can just smell it in the air and I can feel myself absorbing it into my lungs, so really, really important.

Asthma, a lot of respiratory issues are very connected to the inhalation of those Volatile organic compounds like chloramine, chlorine, fluoride, all those things that we're absorbing through our lungs into our water. That is a really good filter. Now, Berkey is the other one I typically would recommend. It's a canister filter, so if you live in a rental or you can't attach, you have an older faucet, or maybe some random faucet, you need to actually fill up your water every night. Berkey is a really good option.

It's not quite as good as Pure Effect, but a Big Berkey is a really good option for filtration, so you want to make sure you're drinking pure water because even if you are drinking water from a mountain creek, which not many of us are, it's still picking up environmental contaminants because those are everywhere, right? They're in our air. They're in the rain that falls. It's not going to be as much, but I would still recommend filtering your water. Really, really important.

You just can't be healthy if you're not drinking clean water. It is the most important thing. I do believe that you should invest in clean water before you should buy any supplement, before you should invest in anything else. It really should be something that we prioritize. It should be the number one thing that we bring into our life when we are trying to improve our health.

It's interesting because I work with practitioners. I do a lot of training with practitioners, and this is something that they don't even know about, so the information isn't really out there. It's not your fault that you don't know this, but we've just been told that we are drinking clean water when in fact, we are drinking incredibly toxic water that is making us sick, okay? That's my spiel. I hope that helps, guys.

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Is Iodine Deficiency the Cause of Your Fatigue?



HIGH on Energy TV Episode #2: Is Iodine Deficiency the Cause of Your Fatigue

Iodine deficiency can absolutely drain your energy levels, cause resistant weight gain and mess with your estrogen metabolism. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common deficiencies I see with my clients. Tune in to see if you are at risk for iodine deficiency, what causes it and the most important steps you can take to avoid it.

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Hello, Hello, welcome to high on energy TV. This is episode two. I'm super, super excited. You're here and I'm really, really excited to talk about. Today's topic is iodine deficiency, the cause of your fatigue. So I'm Kendra Perry. I'm your host and I cannot wait to bring you more energy and this topic today is very, very important. Okay. We know that a lot of us are struggling with low energy. That's probably why you're tuning in for this episode because your energy is a bit sub-par or even worse. It's barely even there. You're rating it like a two or three out of 10 and you're wondering, well, what the fuck? Why do I feel so shitty? And it's a really good question because there are a lot of things that can play into fatigue, but this deficiency, iodine deficiency is actually one of the major causes of fatigue and it's one of the most common deficiencies that I am seeing in my clients.

Once we correct this deficiency, it has a big results. I've seen big results and the people I work with, but also in myself. This is a huge part of why I was able to reverse my debilitating fatigue and get out of that fatigue ditch. Okay. So let's start by talking about what is iodine. So when you think of iodine, you might be thinking of iodine that's in your first aid kit, right? Because I think a lot of us, you know, we maybe use iodine to disinfect wounds, but we're not really fully aware of how important of a role it plays in our bodies and in our diet. So let's talk about some of the things that iodine is important for. So number one, detox. Iodine is a very powerful detoxifier. It helps you detox. So we need iodine in order to detox, especially certain metals like excess copper and mercury. So we need iodine for that. We also need iodine to have healthy thyroid hormone production. So T4 and T3, those are your thyroid hormones. Those are actually made from iodine. Okay. T3 is three molecules of iodine and T4 is four. So if we want to have healthy thyroid production and hormone production, we actually need to have good levels of iodine and this is a big deal because we know that when our thyroid isn't working, we have a lot of fatigue, but we also struggle with weight gain. We tend to be very cold. You might have insomnia and they'd have low stomach acid. You might have cold hands and feet and have a really hard time keeping your body temperature strong. There's a lot of things that can happen when your thyroid is under functioning. And I actually believe a lot of thyroid issues are, have an underlying iodine deficiency. There's a lot of things that play into thyroid health, but definitely iodine deficiency is huge. Okay. So when it comes to thyroid hormone or thyroid health, you really want to be considering your iodine levels.

The other thing that I had is incredibly important is estrogen metabolism. So you need iodine to properly metabolize estrogen and also to produce enough healthy estrogen. There's not just one type of estrogen. There are healthy metabolites of estrogen so you can metabolize your estrogen down healthy pathways into healthy metabolites, and then there are unhealthy metabolites, but when you have iodine deficiency, you tend to produce a lot of the unhealthy metabolite. So that means that women who have iodine deficiency can very easily get things like fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrous cystic breast disease. If you have fibrosis cystic breast disease, I hope you're tuning in, you need to pay attention because iodine is a huge, huge culprit in this. And the only way for you to have any success of reversing fibrous cystic breast disease is by paying attention to your iodine levels.

So we also need iodine for energy. That has to do with how it's involved with the thyroid hormone, like we discussed before. There are receptors in every single cell in your entire body for iodine. And, so you will not have good cellular energy organ energy overall if you don't have good iodine levels. We also need iodine for intelligence and brain health. So when it comes to developing children or developing babies in the womb, in that first trimester, a lot of the intelligence and brain function is built and if the woman who is producing that baby, if she is iodine deficient, but it's going to affect the intelligence and brainhealth of that developing baby. So it's very important and it's also important for our own brain health. People with iodine deficiency tend to have a lot of brain fog. They tend to feel very foggy because they don't have enough production actually have that healthy, sharp, clarifying brain health. The other thing that iodine does is it's a very potent antimicrobial, so it's antiviral, antiparasitic, antibacterial and antifungal. So it does help us fight off infections. So that's a big way, a reason why it's in your first aid kit, right, because you're rubbing it on your little cut and it's helped. It's helping prevent infection. So it's very anti microbial as well. So pretty important stuff. Iodine is a very important mineral and like I said, pretty deficient in the population today.

So let's talk a little bit about some of the ways a person may get deficient. So you know, the obvious answer to this is low dietary intake. So definitely in North America, I mean we don't consume as much iodine as people who are living in Asia. So in Asia people might actually be consuming on average about 12.5 milligrams a day. Where as in the United States and Canada we're getting a mere fraction of this. And the recommended daily allowance for iodine is excessively lowly crazy, crazy low. It's only 150 micrograms. So when you compare a 150 micrograms to 12.5 milligrams in Asia, I mean people who live in Asia are consuming almost a 100 times as much iodine as we are. So I don't understand why our rda for iodine is so crazy low because it's barely enough to give you proper function. It's enough to prevent goiter and to prevent disease. But it's not actually enough to give you energy to promote thyroid health and give you all those benefits that we discussed them beginning of this video. And in a lot of cases in North America, we do tend to have very iodine deficient soil. So unless you live near the ocean and you're consuming a lot of sea vegetables and kelp and fish and spending a lot of time in the ocean, there's a good chance you're just not getting enough iodine into your diet. Okay.

And then on top of that, there are a lot of things that actually compete with iodine absorption in our body and very easily make us deficient. So it's the halide chemical. So this is going to include things like chlorine, chloramine, bromine, and fluoride. So these are a group of chemicals or metals and actually compete with iodine at the receptor level. So if you're getting exposed to these things, they can actually push iodine off of the receptor and then bind to the receptors. So even if you then consume iodine, you know, maybe after this video you're like, oh, I need to think about my iron levels. I'm going to go buy some Kelp, I'm going to go get some sea vegetables and, start consuming more iodine, but if you have these halides attached to your receptors then that iodine just kind of bounces off and gets excreted rather than binding to the receptor and getting absorbed into the system. And this is the thing, if you are drinking tap water or if you ever have in your recent life you are getting a Shitload of halides, right? Because if you're drinking city or municipal water, it's disinfected with chlorine. It also has chloramine in it. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be fluoride as well. So a lot of us are consuming these chemicals in the form of our water every single day, multiple times a day. And that is making us iodine deficient. So drinking, tap water is a big no, no. You can't drink it. It's, I mean, it's not only going to affect your iodine levels, but it's going to bring all kinds of other toxins into your world. And, you know, it's funny because when I talk to people, you know, people were like, oh, well we have really clean water, like our city apparently has the cleanest water, like I don't even know what that means. It's like complete and total bullshit because there are so many chemicals and crap in municipal and city water, sure, maybe it's clean of parasites or bacterial organisms or feces because they disinfected with chlorine. But most, I mean, all municipal and city waters, they're not filtering for metals. They're not filtering for glyphosate. They're not not filtering for residue or runoff from agriculture, like pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, they're not filtering for what's the word I'm looking for? Drug residues. So this is another big one. So a lot of people are taking prescription drugs. They pee out what's left of that prescription job into the toilet that goes back into the water system. And that actually goes back into the water drinking system. So nobody is filtering for these things. And chlorine is toxic. Chloramine is toxic. Fluoride is especially toxic. So there's this big piece of tap water that, I mean most people around the world are drinking and this is making us incredibly iodine deficient, even if we are consuming good healthy sources of iodine, okay.

Bromine is another one. And so maybe you're like, oh, well I drink spring water or among creek water or, you know, I filter my water, I make sure those things aren't in it. Well, you know, you gotta look at like your car, your furniture, your mattress, because these things tend to have bromine added to them and they do off gas and we actually absorb them into our lungs. Nonorganic strawberries are sprayed with bromine, bromine used in a lot of breads as a levener so helps bread rise. So a lot of us are still getting exposed to those things as well. And these make us iodine deficient, and as it's really problematic. So when you start getting iodine deficient, that's when hypo thyroid starts to pop up. You start having thyroid issues, the course that is going to play into your energy levels. Not having proper iodine levels actually can promote Hashimoto's. And this, you know, people don't get this because there's a lot of fearmongering out there around iodine and people are going to say, are going to tell you you're going to find this on the Internet that people are saying, oh, well if you take iodine with Hashimoto's, it's like adding fuel to the fire and it's going to make Hashimoto's worse. Well, there's actually a lot of research that points towards iodine deficiency being one of the primary causes of Hashimoto's and I can tell you that I use and iodine protocol with all my clients with Hashimoto's and hypothyroid and they're getting results. Okay. It's not making their thyroid issues worse. So there is a lot of fearmongering around it probably because it's a very poorly understood mineral and a lot of people don't understand that, you can't just willy nilly go out and take iodine. There's a whole protocol that comes with it that needs to be customized for you. So you do need to be working with an iodine literate practitioner to be doing iodine therapy safely.

So I mentioned in the beginning it's really, really important for estrogen hormone metabolism. So it can lead to that buildup of damaging estrogens, it promotes the 16 OH pathway. So that's one of the metabolites that your estrogen gets turned into, and this is the metabolite that actually leads to a lot of tumor growth. So that can cause things like fibroids, endometriosis, and it can promote fibrous cystic breast disease. Very, very common. This is a symptom I see all the time, and these people desperately need iodine. Your energy levels will drop. You will gain weight. It's really hard to maintain a healthy weight when you were iodine deficient. You get that resistant weight loss were like, no matter what you do, you can't lose weight. You're like eating healthy, you're exercising, you're fasting, and you're just stuck. You're not getting anywhere with your weight. That can indicate an iodine issue as well. I mentioned the brain fog. It can make your brain feel really, really foggy. Really, yeah, just fuzzy. I'm like, you're walking around in a tunnel. That's a very typical iodine deficiency symptom. Like I mentioned, poor, poor detox, so it can be lead to the buildup of certain metals and toxins in the body because you're not able to detox properly, and then there are a lot of studies that are associated with thyroid, ovarian, and breast cancer, so it can definitely have that and it will will lead to the buildup of copper and mercury in your body because you actually need iodine to detoxify those things. Okay.

So yeah, lots going on with iodine. Really, really important to care about status. I mean, I would definitely put a big priority on adding iodine rich foods into your diet. The best way to do this is with sea vegetables. Things like kelp and seaweed and Nori, all those tasty little sea vegetables. It's a really good way. Just make sure you're buying them from a really good source. You want to buy them from someone who's testing them for metals, for toxins because unfortunately our oceans are getting pretty contaminated these days. So you just want to make sure that you get these things from a reputable company, someone you trust in order, just so you're not making yourself toxic, okay. Another really great supplement that I do recommend is kelp and again, you have to be careful on the brand that I trust the most called nature's way and they make kelp capsules and they test them and this is actually a really affordable supplement. Like I think you can go on, and get a bottle of 180 capsules for like $8 or $9 and you can take six capsules a day. It's a really great way to boost your iodine status on top of those food sources of iodine. Really, really love nature's way, Kelp.

So let's talk about testing for iodine. So blood testing for iodine isn't going to work. Urine testing for iodine doesn't really work either because it doesn't really tell us what's going on with the iodine. Like if you have high iodine levels in your urine, is it high because you have enough or is it high because your body's excreting it because the receptors are blocked with halides. The best tests for iodine is probably iodine loading test. So basically this just involves you taking high doses of iodine. And then seeing how much is getting excreted in the urine and you know, if your, if your receptors are saturated with iodine and then it just gets dumped in the urine so should actually have technically, if you have good iodine levels, you should actually have high excretion in the urine and that means like your iodine status is pretty good. But if you have really high uptake of iodine and it tells you that you're deficient because those receptors can only take up iodine when they have space on the receptors and what we want is full receptor saturation of iodine. But the problem with this test is you may excrete a lot of iodine if you have a lot of halide chemicals attached to your receptors. So you know, it, it's not always, a definitive test. The way that I like to determine iodine deficiency is actually with hair trace mineral analysis or each HTMA testing. So technically there is no iodine marker on the HTMA panel because it's actually not excreted through the hair. It is primarily excreted through the urine. But all the minerals have a relationship with each other so I can look at the, the minerals that have the most tightly wound relationship to iodine and determine if there's an iodine deficiency. And then of course looking at symptoms, people's symptoms as well, because you know, if people have endometriosis, if they have fibrous cystic breasts disease, if they have fibroids like severe estrogen issues, they have Hashimoto's, hypo thyroid, I'm probably going to want to put them on an iodine protocol, but I can actually look at the potassium levels of lithium, siledium, calcium and copper, and when I look at those, I can actually look at them and determine is someone's iodine deficient. Because typically people who are iodine deficient, they have really low potassium and really little lithium levels, very hard for the body to absorb and hold onto those minerals without good iodine status. Also, iodine deficiency, tends to cause the buildup of calcium that actually in effect slows the thyroids. You end up with this really high calcium on hair mineral analysis and you may end up with copper toxicity, so there may be high copper or hidden copper on the hair mineral analysis tasks and there may be low selenium levels as well. You also may see a buildup of aluminum because iodine deficiency can affect the aluminum levels and mercury as well. So I don't directly measure iodine. I look at the person, I look at hair trace mineral analysis or HTMA testing. And then based on that, I determine if somebody needs iodine. If someone needs an iodine protocol.

So this is not this video, this is not the ticket to go out and start just willy nilly taking iodine. I really don't recommend doing that because if you don't do it properly, you can just waste your money or you could actually cause your body some stress. So you need to do the iodine protocol properly. So you do want to be working with an iodine literate practitioner like me and someone who runs hair mineral analysis because you want to make sure that you only take iodine. Well, also supporting the other minerals that need supporting, but I want to give you guys some good take home actionable tips, things that you can do right now to support your iodine status. So we talked about sea vegetables, really great way to do that. Sea vegetables, kelp, Nori, dulse, that sort of thing. Just making sure you're getting it from a really good quality organic source. The other thing to do is to filter your tap and shower water. Okay. Because if you ever hope to have good iodine status, you need to stop exposing yourself to halides that are competing with iodine. So I always recommend that people actually start with your shower water because the halides, especially chlorine, chloramine, fluoride, which are typically in municipal city water, they have really low vapor point, so that means that they vaporize, you know, at pretty low temperatures. So if you're having a hot shower, those halides are turning into gases and you're actually absorbing them through your skin and you're absorbing them directly into your lungs. This is actually a massive cause of respiratory issues and asthma. Okay. So I do recommend starting with a showerhead filter, which is great because they're relatively cheap. I like Berkey B e r k e y and Pure Effects Filters. It's like $80. It's not an expensive filter and you just put it on your shower. Once you've done that and you can afford it, I recommend getting a filter for your tap water. I personally use Pure Effects. I like it because I can actually attach it to my tap because I don't like having to fill up a canister because I'm lazy and I don't have fucking time for that. So I like to attach it to my filter. If you don't have fluoride in your water, you can get the compact version, which is the lowest price point. So what you can do is you can pull up your city's water report and just see if they put fluoride into the water. And if they don't, you can go with the compact. But if you do have fluoride in your water, you need to upgrade and go with the ultra. So it's more expensive, but you know, you're getting that fluoride out of your water. We've talked about kelp taking the nature's way, kelp capsules, you can take as much as five to six capsules a day, which is, a few milligrams of iodine. So really good if you couple that with food, you're going to get close to more of that kind of Asian intake of kelp of iodine, which is really important. Plus the Kelp has a lot of other minerals in it, all the cofactors for iodine. So it's a really good, awesome support for iodine if you aren't ready to work with a practitioner and go on a, an iodine protocol.

So those are my recommendations. I hope that helps. This is a really big thing. This is really made one of the biggest impacts on my life. When I started taking iodine, it was like somebody turned on the fucking lights. I was like, I was walking around in a tunnel. I was lying in that fatigue ditch just so exhausted. I was struggling with chronic fatigue for so many years. And yeah, the iodine really turned things around for me. So really, really, really important thing to consider if you are struggling with energy issues or any of the symptoms that we discussed today. So guys, if you want more for me, make sure to download my Free Endless Energy Quick Guide. I have tips on improving iodine and boosting your energy in this guide. It's pretty juicy. Honestly. I give all my best stuff in this guide, so make sure to download that. And if you want to work with me, if you want my support and you want access to functional testing, like the hair trace mineral analysis that we discussed today, join me and my high on energy group membership program. I've got a group of some pretty bad ass ladies and you get full access to me, group coaching calls, facebook forum, plus you can upgrade and purchase the hair trace mineral analysis and see where your iodine levels are at. So if you want links for that, they're in the show notes and I will see you guys next Tuesday at the same time for the next episode of High on Energy TV. Okay, have a great day guys. Thanks for listening.