Published on May 14th, 2012 | by No Artificial5
Test Yourself for Iodine Deficiency
Iodine is a mineral essential to the body’s physical and mental growth. Our bodies require iodine for the development of vital thyroid hormones.
Thyroid hormones control your metabolism and temperature, fertility, growth, blood cell development, nerve and muscle functions. If you don’t get enough iodine in your diet, it can lead to an enlarged thyroid gland (goitre) – hypothyroidism, or other iodine deficiency disorders.
Hypothyroidism can make you gain weight, feel tired, weak, depressed and sensitive to the cold temperatures. Also your hair and nails may be thin and brittle and, if you are female, your menstrual cycle may become irregular. When you are pregnant, iodine is important for the baby’s brain development and thyroid function.
Iodine is also known to kill harmful toxins in the brain and helps reduce the effects of toxins in the rest of the body.
Our bodies do not produce iodine, so it must come from the diet. Iodine deficiency is rare in the United States, because table salt is often iodized. Dairy products, seafood, cod, sea bass, haddock, perch, kelp, eggs, some breads, some vegetables and some meats are also dietary sources of iodine. The iodine deficiency can be treated with iodine supplementation and dietary modifications.
Symptoms of iodine deficiency may include:
– Slow metabolism and weight gain
– Cold sensitivity
– Dry hair and skin
– Brittle Nails
– Hormonal imbalance
– Muscle cramps
– High cholesterol levels
– Concentration difficulties
If you have these symptoms and they are consistent then you may want to test yourself to determine if you are iodine deficient. Here is how (this method is used by many holistic doctors).
You’ll need a bottle of 2% iodine tincture from the pharmacy. Swab a small circle (silver-dollar sized) on the inside of your arm, or tight and observe it for the next 24 hours. If you are not iodine deficient, the circle should keep a strong orange color for the entire 24 hours. If it dies out prior to 24 hours, then you are low in iodine.
If you fail the test and have other symptoms you may want to talk to your doctor about doing a proper iodine loading test, and then prescribing a suggested supplement