Iodine is absolutely essential for the human body to function properly. We need it for proper cellular metabolism and thyroid function. The thyroid is the gas pedal of the body’s endocrine system, influencing a surprising amount of bodily functions including metabolism, vitamin utilization, mitochondrial function, digestion, muscle and nerve activity, blood flow and reproduction.
Test 1 – Examine Your Symptoms
Symptoms of an iodine deficiency can include:
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s possible you have an iodine deficiency and it’s important to undertake test two below – the iodine patch test.
Test 2 – The Iodine Patch Test
It’s easy to measure your iodine levels with the iodine patch test. You can get 2% potassium iodine from almost any corner drug store.
Take the potassium iodine and put it on your skin in a two-inch patch. Let it try before it touches anything, as iodine will stain.
It should take 24 hours for the iodine on your skin to disappear. If your body has enough iodine, it’s not hungry for it and will leave it on your skin. If you’re deficient, the body will absorb the iodine into the skin
If the iodine disappears within 12-24 hours, you’re most likely deficient in iodine.
What Should I Do if I’m Deficient in Iodine?
If you’re deficient in iodine, you can do one of two things:
First, eat more food that contains iodine. This includes:
Black strap molasses
Food grown near the ocean
Pastured butter of cows grazing near the sea
Second, you can supplement with liquid iodine.
If the iodine on your skin disappears quickly, we strongly recommend supplementing with liquid iodine. A deficiency in iodine takes years to develop and thus takes years to fill. Liquid iodine, coupled with eating foods that have iodine in them, can speed up the process and fill your deficiency quickly and easily.
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