In order to perform at-home test for iodine deficiency, you will need tincture of iodine, sold in pharmacies, which is also used as first aid for cuts and bruises.
- Using a cotton ball, apply the solution (a bronzy-orange patch) in a 2 inch circular shape on a soft (word missing)
- Leave the area undisturbed for at least 24 hours
Results: (according to Guy E. Abraham, MD., Thyroidologist)
If it disappears in less than eight hours, you desperately need iodine.
If it disappears in 24 hours, you also need iodine.
If it simply stays on your arm and begins to slowly fade in color after a full 24 hours, you have already reached iodine sufficiency.
You can retest yourself every one to two weeks while taking an iodine supplement. And you can use the test to help you judge your individual dosage need for iodine. Contrary to current medical opinion, the real thyroid experts have proven that most patients who need iodine therapy require from 3 to 37 mgs/day.
Always start out slowly. Judge your results, monitor your symptoms and any side effects, and use the thyroid patch test to help you along the way.
Why check your iodine levels?
Children: According to public health researches, iodine deficiency is one the major causes for mental retardation in children. For combating this problem, the exclusive option is to provide adequate amount of this trace element.
Adults: In adults, insufficient intake of iodine causes:
- lack of stamina
- increased tension (edgy)
- restless sleep
- and general body pain.
In case of suspected iodine deficiency symptoms, one can conduct an at-home iodine deficiency test or visit the doctor for diagnosis.
Because the symptoms of an iodine deficiency are classically identical to so many other illnesses (like depression, stress, chronic fatigue, or fibromyalgia,) many doctors either misdiagnose it or miss it completely and tell you there is nothing wrong.
Why are iodine levels so important?
Low levels of iodine mean your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. The thyroid helps balance hormones, regulate heartbeats, stabilize cholesterol, maintain weight control, encourage muscle growth, keep menstrual cycles regular, provide energy, and even helps you keep a positive mental attitude.
WHY are Women naturally prone to iodine deficiencies. That’s because the thyroid gland in women is twice as large as in men — so under normal circumstances, women need more iodine. However, when women are under stress, the need for iodine can double or triple. Yet the foods we eat contain less and less dietary iodine. For example, back in 1940, the typical American diet contained about 800 micrograms of iodine. By 1995, that amount plunged to just 135 micrograms. That’s an 83% decline.
Two thirds of the body’s iodine is found in the thyroid gland.
According to Dr. Abraham, all thyroid patients should be on iodine therapy, with the goal to reach a whole body iodine sufficiency. When this state is reached, the following results (gathered using sophisticated lab testing, fluorescence screening, clinical measurements, and a host of other high-tech medical testing procedures) have been observed:
Goiter is reduced or eliminated.
Stress on the pituitary gland with resultant high TSH readings is eliminated.
Increased excretion of thyroid poisons and heavy metals occurs via the kidneys.
The liver’s detoxification mechanisms are enhanced.
Obesity is more easily overcome-in fact, iodine therapy may be a critical and unknown factor in obesity.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are more easily controlled.
Breast tissue normalizes with decreased occurrences of fibrocystic breast disease.
Menopausal symptoms are improved.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can be cured.
Brain function is better, with less brain fog.
Heart function is better, with reduced arrhythmia problems.
And cancer rates, especially of the thyroid and breast, are reduced.
Additionally, through iodine testing, Dr. Abraham discovered that even patients with a complete thyroidectomy (removal of the whole gland) benefited from iodine therapy. Therefore it became known that iodine not only improved the thyroid gland, but the other target areas of the body where iodine and thyroid hormone are active.
Doctors involved in research on iodine found that patients who achieved “iodine sufficiency” were often able to resolve diabetes problems without insulin. They could normalize blood pressure without medication. Goiters were resolved. And those taking thyroid hormone medication could greatly reduce or completely eliminate these drugs.
Food Choices re Iodine:
One way to boost your iodine levels is to add sea vegetables to your diet. Just one teaspoon of sea vegetables a day can help you regain normal iodine levels.
Incorporating seafood and fish into your diet can also help.
Other foods that contain iodine are eggs and dairy products, including milk, cheese and yogurt, onions, radishes, and watercress.
To reactivate the thyroid gland, tyrosine, iodine, zinc, copper and selenium are needed so make sure that you have a great diet, and take an excellent quality multiple vitamin/mineral EVERY DAY.
Lab Tests for Iodine Deficiency
A diagnostic approach used to confirm iodine deficiency is urine test. For this, a candidate’s urine sample is collected in early morning. Then, the candidate administers an iodine tablet of specific dosage. Further urine samples are collected and sent to the laboratory for testing. In case of normal iodine levels, the body expels more than 90 percent of the ingested iodine. While in case of deficiency, part of the element is retained in the body. If high amount of iodine is absorbed by the body, it indicates severe deficiency and vice versa.
A Hair Analysis is also a good test to determine the amount of iodine concentrated in cellular tissue.
For symptoms related to thyroid abnormalities, the doctor may suggest thyroid tests. Though they do not involve direct measurement of iodine levels, deficiency of iodine can be identified from the test results. Thus, in women, children and men, lack of this trace element is detected while undergoing diagnostic tests for thyroid problems. Nevertheless, urine test performed after oral loading of iodine is more accurate and reliable than the thyroid hormone test.