Iodine Status/Thyroid Profiles
Iodine testing is important in Thyroid Conditions, Pregnancy, Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Breast Cancer, ADHD and learning difficulties.
This is a useful test for anyone who is concerned about hypothyroid (under functioning thyroid) or already on thyroid medication but not feeling any better. Symptoms of low thyroid function include -
INABILITY TO LOSE WEIGHT
BRITTLE HAIR AND NAILS
COLD HANDS AND FEET
OVERSENSITIVE TO COLD
POOR MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION
UNCOORDINATED AND WEAK MUSCLES
OUTER THIRD OF EYEBROWS THIN
LOW SEX DRIVE
It is possible to be on thyroid medication, have your blood tests say everything is ok and STILL HAVE SYMPTOMS.
It is because natural thyroid hormone is more complex than the medication which only does part of the job. If your iodine is low, your thyroid will still be under functioning despite the medication. If your SELENIUM is low, you will not be converting T4 (non-active thyroid hormone, thyroxine is in this form) to T3 (active thyroid hormone).
ALSO, iodine is vital for healthy breast tissue so even if you are doing well on thyroid medication, if you are concerned about breast cancer - you need iodine. If you have fibrocystic breast disease (habitually lumpy breasts, usually worse just before menstruation) or have had breast cancer, it is prudent to check your iodine status.
PREGNANCY/ADHD and LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
Iodine is also important in pregnancy for fetal brain development which impacts learning ability in children.
Low iodine in pregnancy can cause IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE to the developing brain of the baby resulting in ADHD and learning difficulties.
Best practise would be to check iodine status prepregnancy and at each trimester, however, the first is the most important.
The iodine test can also be done on children you suspect might be having difficulties.
THE MAIN RISK FACTOR FOR LOW IODINE IS LOW SEAFOOD INTAKE.
THE CONSUMPTION OF FLUORIDATED WATER INCREASES NEED FOR IODINE.