Iodine deficiency is common. Not only is iodine important for thyroid function, but it also enhances immune function, reduces the incidence of breast cancer and fibrocystic breast disease. Regulating iodine levels has also helped some women with hot flashes. (Donald Miller, MD. Extrathyroidal Benefits of Iodine, Journal of American Physicians & Surgeons)
About 1 billion people worldwide were still susceptible to health problems stemming from iodine deficiency, despite the growing use of iodized salt to prevent them.
1. Go to the drug store and purchase a bottle of tincture of iodine (the original orange-colored solution)
2. Before going to bed, paint a 3x3 inch patch on your skin (arm, inner thigh or belly)
3. In the morning check the stain. If there is no color remaining, you are iodine deficient.
The stain should last for 24-48 hours. The sooner it disappears the more profound your iodine deficiency.
If you do have an iodine deficiency you should be on supplemental iodine.
You may need to start out with a higher dose and a stronger product and slowly work down to a maintenance type of product over a period of several months.
You should work with someone so that you won't cause damage to your body. This is a hormonal thing and it can be rather tricky, especially if you are taking other medications and supplements.