Do You Need Iodine?

Posted at 11:00 - July 17th, 2019 - Megan & Jae - Education Guides

It is estimated that thyroid concerns have reached near-epidemic levels, especially in the US. There are multiple reasons, but the chief issues include (1) erroneous beliefs promulgated since the 1920’s regarding iodine, (2) the influence of the pharmaceutical industry, and (3) the addition of toxins in water and food supplies that hinder and/or damage thyroid function.

 

The following is a list of symptoms that may be experienced when iodine levels are low or deficient.

This is NOT a diagnostic test. 

It is meant as a nutritional guide to raise awareness of suboptimal iodine levels and the corresponding impact on thyroid function.

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Directions: Read each descriptive symptom and place a check in front of all that apply.

___ I’m sensitive to cold. My hands and feet are always cold.

___ In the morning, my face is puffy and my eyelids tend to be swollen.
 
___ I tend to put on weight easily.
 
___ I have dry skin.
 
___ I have trouble getting up in the morning.
 
___ I feel more tired at rest than when I’m active.
 
___ I’m have a tendency to be constipated.
 
___ My joints are stiff in the morning.
 
___ I feel like I’m living in slow motion.
 
___ I have brain fog.
 
___ The outer 1/3 of my eyebrows is missing or obviously thinner.
 
___ My lips tend to be swollen and protruding, especially the lower lip.
 
 
___ My hair is coarse and falls out, is dry, brittle and slow growing.
 
___ My hair tends to be dull and lusterless.
 
___ I experience frequent urination.
 
___ I have impaired hearing.
 
___ I have reduced initiative.
 
___ My calves are big.
 
___ My legs and ankles are swollen in the morning.
 
___ My buttocks and thighs are too well padded and when I look in the mirror, I’m pear-shaped.
 
 
___ My heart and heartbeat are weak.
 
___ My stomach sags and is pushed forward by the curvature of my spine.
 
___ My body temperature is below 97.8. (see procedure outlined below)
 
Total number of checks: __________

Results

0 to 5 checks:  Although this indicates only a few symptoms, iodine support at a basic dosage could provide important protection for overall health.
5 to 12 checks:  At this level, testing may be a good option in order to obtain additional information. It is also very likely that supplemental iodine support could provide necessary health improvement.
12 or more checks:  Additional iodine support, along with further testing with a healthcare professional, would be strongly suggested.

One of the chief functions of the thyroid is the production of the hormone thyroxine (T4) and converting it to the hormone triiodothyronine (T3) when needed for metabolism. If the body is unable to produce enough T4, normal metabolism processes slow down creating hypothyroidism (low thyroid).

Problems occur when conventional testing relies only on the standard blood test. This test has been shown to be inaccurate and overlooks multiple low thyroid function indicators. Unfortunately, the single blood test may indicate “normal” levels of T4 but it does not take into consideration the amount of T4 needed for adequate conversion to T3, which is the active hormone.

An alternate test, initiated by Dr. Broda Barnes, who is considered one of the premier thyroid experts, can be performed at home. Here is the simple procedure:

(1) Upon waking in the morning (and before getting out of bed): place a non-digital thermometer in one armpit.

(2) Hold that arm close to the body for 10 minutes, keeping the thermometer secure.

(3) Read and record the temperature (when the 10 minutes are up) every day for three consecutive days. (For women: do NOT perform the test during the menstrual cycle)

Normal is between 97.8 and 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything under 97.8 may be an indicator of lowered thyroid function (hypothyroidism). Readings may be as low as 96 degrees.


Authors

Megan is our product curator and store visionary. Personally vetting every product that comes through the door, she evaluates thousands of items each month with a focus on quality ingredients and value. Well-schooled in the supplements department and the editor of our in-store newsletters, she still insists her main job is raising three daughters! (Wichita, Kansas)

 

2019 marks Jae’s 20th year working as a Holistic Nutritionist and Supplement Specialist in the Health Food industry. This environment has afforded the opportunity to discuss health issues and solutions with thousands of customers and clients. Along the way, she has acquired multiple certifications including biogenealogy, environmental biology, holistic nutrition and various healing modalities. She is currently studying to complete a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition.

All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only. The guides are NOT intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.

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