Nutrition Questions and Answers
Vital Health Zone is proud to announce Lesa Rusher, who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.
Lesa Rusher is a qualified naturopath with a thriving business in Canberra, Australia and has a wealth of experience treating clients on a variety of health issues. Lesa Rusher's full credentials can be found in our experts area.
Lesa Rusher will answer your nutrition-related questions.
Q: I take Zocor every day for high cholesterol. I also take 1000mcg of kelp as I have heard it is a good supplement to lose weight.
Is it ok to take this much iodine in combination with Zocor?
A: It may not be such a good idea to take that much iodine in the long term in the first place.
- The recommended daily level of iodine for women 19-50 years is: 150mcg
- The daily upper level of iodine for women 19-50 years is: 1100mcg
The upper level is the absolute most that a woman 19-50 years old can take on a daily basis for a very limited time and under medical supervision.
You should especially be aware that certain supplements can affect the way medication works and should consult your doctor to ensure your medication wont be affected by the kelp supplement.
Iodine affects the thyroid which controls metabolism - this is why you have heard that iodine can help you lose weight. Unless you are deficient in iodine, it is not advisable to take that much iodine on a daily basis as it may adversely affect your thyroid. You should consult your doctor about other ways to lose weight.
Better ways to lose weight are the following strategies:
- reduce calories
- exercise at least 30 minutes each day
- eat whole foods (wholegrains, fruits, vegetables)
- reduce fat intake
- reduce sugar intake
- reduce intake of processed foods
Take a look at the recommended diet guidelines for more information about the the amounts and types of foods you should be eating each day.
The above guidelines will not only help you lose weight, but will assist you in reducing cholesterol levels, so that in time, you may not have to rely on medication for your condition.
Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.
Enjoy better health!