Iodine Deficiency


Tests circleCould Your Iodine Levels Be Low?

Did You Know that…

  • 95% of Australians are Iodine deficient.
  • To supplement iodine safely and at the correct doses you need to test to get it right
  • Iodine is one of the very few minerals you can accurately test for in urine and saliva
  • Sodium fluoride (fluoridated water), Chloride (chlorinated water) and Bromide (found in bread and flour products) are toxic to the body and compete with iodine receptor sites so iodine may be difficult to absorb
  • There is a very strong correlation between iodine deficiency and breast cancer, and the incidence of breast cancer in Australia is increasing:
    • the number of new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women has increased from 5,310 in 1982 to 13,567 in 2008
    • Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in Australian women after non-melanoma skin cancer
    • by 2020, it is estimated that there will be 17,210 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in women (Cancer Australia)
  • The ovaries have the second largest concentration of iodine in the body after the thyroid gland
  • Iodine levels effect oestrogen metabolism
  • Iodine helps to preserve the antioxidant status in the body
  • Iodine reduces the formation of histamine, a chemical mediator in the inflammatory process

If you are low in iodine you will have an under functioning thyroid gland which means you will have:

  • 50% increase in developing Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Depression
  • Foggyness
  • Memory loss
  • Muscle pain
  • Low stomach acid production & food intolerances
  • Poor cognitive function (lower productivity, low self confidence, low motivation, low concentration)
  • A much more difficult menopause
  • Increased sensitivity to the cold
  • Infertility

N.B. Iodine deficiency promotes free radical damage in the thyroid gland and puts the gland at risk. Good levels of iodine block various compounds from binding to and accumulating in the thyroid gland, such as fluoride, perchlorate, and goitrogens. Environmental pollution significantly aggravates an iodine deficiency and displaces iodine in the body.

It’s all about the correct dosage

The recommended daily allowance for iodine (to prevent goitre and cretinism) is 300mcg as proved with the addition of iodine to salt. This is commonly the level you will see in supplements on the Australian market. However, in addition to iodine the body requires potassium iodide, and natural foods that are rich in this mineral will always contain both forms for optimal storage and absorption.

However, to truly correct iodine levels in your body from a deficient state you may need up to 12.5mg.  Ask us about the correct iodine dose for you.

Iodine:

  • Is strongly anti fungal, anti-parasitic and antimicrobial (hence the efficacious use of iodine directly onto any skin infection including tinea).
  • Internally works to fight Candida, the often forgotten nutrient when it comes to treating this very difficult opportunistic yeast.
  • Boosts thyroid function
  • Increases stomach acid production
  • Is involved with oestrogen metabolism and can cause increased estrogen levels or correct poor oestrogen conversion
  • According to the “Textbook of Medical Physiology” by Guyten & Hall, essentially all hormone receptors are dependent on iodine to some extent, which increases the sensitivity of the receptor to the hormone it is related to. For example, iodine can increase the sensitivity of insulin receptors, which is of importance for diabetes, and it can increase the sensitivity of the receptors for neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin and dopamine, which affect mood and cognition. Other hormones affected by iodine concentrations include testosterone, FSH, LH and cortisol.
  • Reduces heavy metals (particularly mercury and cadmium) and other toxic halides such as bromide, fluoride and chloride.

It has been touted “the cure all”. As we know there are no cure alls but without iodine the hormonal system cannot work properly, our digestive system cannot work properly and our brains cannot work properly. According to Dr. David Brownstein, the author of “Iodine: Why You Need It and Why You Can’t Live Without It”, every client can benefit from correcting a low iodine status.

Methods of Testing

  • Urinary load test
    • Shows iodide level – is considered the ‘gold standard’ for iodine testing, but is expensive at $240 and inconvenient, as it require you to collect urine samples for 24 hours
  • Spot test (urine)
    • Shows iodide level with 99.9% accuracy – our preferred testing method, as it is convenient for you, accurate and cost effective at just $60.
    • If the spot test shows low iodine then you can supplement safely with iodine and then retest 8 weeks later with saliva.
  • Saliva – shows iodide uptake after supplementation
    • Saliva measures the uptake of iodine and shows iodine levels. It also shows the level of potential toxicity from the other halogens (flouride, bromide and chloride) and if the iodine uptake result is low, these halogens are likely to be high.
  • Blood – gives no real clinical information
  • Iodine rubbed on skin – not scientifically accurate enough