The Link Between Depression and Table Salt

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
So I've been blogging for the last few months about my struggles with depression and our family's many medical issues. I decided to try a naturopath. She tested me. And it was weird. But when you get desperate enough, you'll try weird things. She said my iodine was really low, which was making my thyroid malfunction and my progesterone levels fall. She put me on kelp supplements.

Within a few days, I felt like a whole new person. My depression was gone, as was my fatigue. In the two weeks since I've been on it, I've lost 10 pounds (and I haven't been doing anything different).

I did some research on iodine and discovered that iodine deficiency is on the rise again. Many people have stopped using table salt (cause "salt is bad for you"). Many other people (like me) have gone to kosher salt and pink himalayin salt - neither of which have iodine in them. And iodine is not added to the salt you get in processed foods. It's only in specifically labeled table salt.

So if you have any of the following symptoms, maybe try a kelp supplement. And start using table salt with iodine again!

Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
Coarse, dry hair
Dry, rough pale skin
Hair loss
Cold intolerance (you can't tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
Memory loss
Abnormal menstrual cycles
Decreased libido

*I'm not a doctor. Just wanted I'd like to pass along the knowledge.* 

Also, I suggest you all try a naturopath - but not one of the quaky ones who thinks conventional medicine is ridiculous. My naturopath was a nurse and fully believes in modern medicine. Her focus is balancing the body's systems, where medical doctors only treat symptoms.


  1. I checked up on all the varied salt. Apparently, they're basically all the same. I use to boil salt to rid of its impurities. I need to do another research that I'm not removing the iodine in this process.

    As for kelp supplements, I really need to get some. I don't like taking thyroid meds.

    I have been swigging back Apple cider vinegar with water. I keep it by my bedside. A swig before sleeping and in the morning. I'm managing some nights, these days as its hard to swallow. Its good for your thyroid, apparently. More research, of course, is still being done. Its also good for bacteria in the mouth, and works on my leg cramps I get at night sometimes. One swig in a water bottle, it passes quickly. The organic acv that sais its the mother on the bottle, is the one to get.

    Glad to know the kelp worked for you. I shall give it a try.

    Wishing you all the best with your books.

    Have a pleasant week.

  1. That's such good news, Amber!

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  1. Unknown said...:

    On all the food storage info it says to store salt with iodine. Guess this is why. Who knew it was so important?! Hooray for feeling better! Add some sunshine to those kelp suppl and you've got instant happiness ;) Miss you

  1. This is a very interesting post. I'll check on my salt and see how much iodine is it. Thanks for sharing and I'm glad you are feeling better.

  1. I too saw a naturopath a few years ago and she really helped, a professional she like yours believed in balancing modern and traditional medicine. I find in these days of "everything is bad for you" that balance is forgotten. I worked as a therapist in the Uk for many years and so many of my clients where surprised when I assessed their Vit B intake. it was a time when everyone was pushing Vit B but while it is necessary, a regular diet provided enough the extras people were taking induced symptoms of anxiety that got them referred to me!!Glad to know you struggle with depression has eased.

  1. LC Piper said...:

    Thank you for the update post. The longer between posts the more worried I get for you.
    I'm pleased to hear that you've found relief with iodine. I've been trying a green smoothie / wheat and dairy free form of the Paleo diet to try to relieve my RA symptoms. Apart from losing lots of weight it's not worked... so bring back the pizza and donuts! Lol. I'm going to try this too now. Thanks for the ideas!
    I know that you have a new post focus, but if you want to post updates and lessons learned on your publishing process still, I'd like you to know I'm very interested in that too! I love to learn about your experiences with the backend of getting cover art, working with editors all the business stuff. :-)
    Hope for a healthful recovery!

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