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# 58 Talker on Iodine Deficiency Self-Test
Ah, yes, the simple joyous life.
Not so when one starts getting opinions of ill tidings from their doctor.
My way is NOT for everyone. Much pro and con can be found on self-healing using ‘home remedies’, mind, and words like ‘placebo’ effect enter, yet if the weird things work for one, would you stop doing the process if needed!
Especially simple, little low cost things, like the ‘Iodine Deficiency Self-Test’ is!.
Not being a doctor, you’d be nuts to try the methods I mention, and if you do make use of any, it’s at your own risk..
(If one is allergic to Iodine, DON’T use this method.)
How to Self-Test for an Iodine Deficiency
(What is used)
Dip a cotton ball into USP Tincture of Iodine. (You can get iodine at the drugstore for under $1.)
(Where to apply it)
Paint a 2 inch circle of iodine on your soft skin, like the inner part of your thigh or upper arm or the tummy.
(What to expect and see)
Wait. — If the yellowish stain disappears in less than an hour; it means your body is lacking crucial iodine and has soaked it up. If the stain remains for more than four hours, you iodine levels are fine.
(What I actually watch for)
I use the overnight check for the disappearing act. If a moderate dark stain/spot still shows the next morning, I reapply again before bed time that evening. I repeat this daily routine until the morning ‘look’ shows that skin stain ‘is almost as dark when applied the night before’.
(Why check your iodine levels?)
Low iodine levels can zap your energy and make you feel tired, edgy and worn out. Low iodine levels can even prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Before you go to your doctor with complaints of tossing and turning all night, aches and pains, and just feeling “blah,” you may want to perform this self-test.
(Endeavor to find the real problem)
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.
(Women and men are different in more ways than the obvious)
Women are 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.
Fact or fiction, I don’t know, but here are a few interesting items, I’ve found online:
Pregnant women aren’t the only ones who need to be concerned with the iodine content of their diet. According to some doctors, your thyroid alone needs about 6 mg of iodine per day; the breasts of a 110-pound woman will need about 5 mg/day (larger women or women with larger breasts need more); and other body tissues, such as your adrenals, thymus, ovaries, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland, need about 2 mg/day.
•In total, the human body can hold 1,500 mg of iodine
•Your thyroid can hold a maximum of 50 mg of iodine
•20 percent of the iodine in your body is held in your skin (if your skin is depleted of iodine, you will not be able to sweat)
•32 percent of your body’s iodine stores are in your muscles (if muscles are depleted, pain and other fibromyalgia symptoms can develop)
Had read online where a person disputed the worth of the ‘Iodine Deficiency Self-Test’, and was quite curious myself.
So when I had reason to make a rare recent visit to a doctor, I was surprised to find that I was low on iodine.
Had been taking a Nascent Iodine Dietary Supplement, (1,950 mcg) daily for some six (6) or so month’s.
The blood test’s indicated that my Iodine levels were still low.
Sheesh, will need to do a follow-up in a few month’s to recheck the Iodine level’s, purely out of curiosity.
See Ya in a few month’s.
Well now, how rapidly time passes when one is totally enjoying life.
Yes, I know, I should get in and get re-checked again, but it just wont happen unless an emergency turns up.
Sooooooo, I just keep on with taking of herbs with iodine content, and applying iodine to the skin.
Did notice that applying iodine to the same skin spot area, will cause an irritation. So I now do use various locations.
Will also need to look into using Irish Moss (Chondrus crispus) for it high iodine content and other valuable qualities.
Appears also, that ones thyroid and use of soy is problematic for some users.