By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
Are you iodine sufficient or insufficient? If you don’t know whether you have too much iodine, or not enough iodine how do you know if your thyroid is truly functioning well? For some folks taking more iodine may be fine but for others too much may wreak havoc on their health. But how can one tell if it is beneficial for them to add iodine to their diet or not to add it all? This could depend on different circumstances like, whether or not the person is pregnant or has been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism or Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis.
Someone who doesn’t have enough iodine could end up hypothyroidism. But someone taking too much iodine can also turn out to have a sub-clinical version of the condition. Symptoms can be similar to hypothyroidism like, fatigue and weight gain, but this sub-clinical version can also lead to other health challenges.
Many people with hypothyroidism may need to take an iodine supplement. There has been evidence that low iodine may be related to some diseases and even cancer, but too much iodine can have serious effects as well like auto immunity against the thyroid. This is why it is so important to test the thyroid and be well informed before taking an iodine supplement. When it comes to a person who has Hypothyroid plus Hashimoto’s they may want to re-think whether or not they should continue taking an iodine supplement. The reason is because they may actually be worsening their own autoimmune hypothyroid condition.
The effects of having too much (And Not Enough) Iodine on Your Thyroid could be either helping your health or it could be negatively affecting your health. Take charge of your health and stay well informed!
A thyroid test kit can indicate weather taking an iodine supplement may or may not be beneficial.
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Medical disclaimer: Our thyroid test kit and all tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor. Do not start iodine treatment without discussing it with your doctor.