When insufficient iodine is present, peroxidase enzymes
wreak havoc in the cells and can cause inflammation of the
thyroid, such as thyroiditis (Hashimotos or Graves) disease.
Very large doses of iodine have been instrumental in the recovery
of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
Unfortunately, most physicians are reluctant about iodine, due to
their belief that extra iodine will hasten Hashimotos, not allowing it
While iodine will help the thyroid increase the production of
hormone when needed, it usually inhibits over-production of the
thyroid by satiating its need for iodine.
Our whole body needs iodine, not just the thyroid. Stomach acid
production is dependent upon the bodies iodine reserves, and
without it, stomach acid production wains, creating indigestion.
Unfortunately, it isn't until the thyroid has a hundred times what it
needs for the body to access iodine, as the thyroid is a gland which
has complete sanction of this mineral. Once its needs are well
satisfied, then the rest of our glands, organs, including the skin
can utilize it.
To properly assess whether one has an iodine deficiency or
not, the test is called an iodine saturation test. After the
ingestion of iodine, the amount of iodine is measured in the
urine. If the amount of iodine is low, it would reveal the body
is adhering to as much iodine as it can hold, indicating a
Most of us would test positive for an iodine deficiency, and it would
make sense to start iodine supplementation especially common