On Monday, I told you about the pronounced reaction I experienced after starting on an iodine supplement. The symptom went away when I stopped taking it for a week, but now I’m ready to resume the iodine treatment. Why take a supplement known to cause an adverse reaction? I believe iodine could be a key ingredient in my cellulite recovery plan. Read on to find out why.
When I was finally diagnosed with fluoroderma (cystic acne caused by fluoride ingestion), my attention was naturally drawn to research on iodine because of its close relationship to fluoride. Iodine and flourine (e.g. fluoride) are both halogens. Other halogens are bromine and chlorine.
Halogens are a series of nonmetal elements that each have seven electrons in their outer shell. This composition makes them highly reactive to other elements. Chemists refer to this property as electronegativity, the ability of an atom to attract electrons towards itself. Fluorine is the most reactive of the halogens (and one of the most reactive elements on earth1) followed by bromine and then chlorine. Iodine, on the other hand, is less reactive. The human body requires iodine in trace amounts but it does not require fluorine or bromine. Consuming these highly-reactive halogens, a common occurrence in our modern lifestyle, can inhibit the body’s absorption of iodine.
Knowing my history of fluoride exposure, I suspected my iodine levels were less than optimal. I started to notice other symptoms of iodine deficiency, too. According to Kate Singer, author of The Garden of Fertility, taking your temperature before getting out of bed in the morning is an easy and effective way to gauge if you have a sluggish thyroid. A basal body temperature less than 97.5 degrees for more than five times during one menstrual cycle is an indicator of hypothyroidism. She argues that tracking the basal body temperature is even more accurate than a blood test at determining if the body is hypothyroid because thyroid hormone is not evenly distributed in the bloodstream. I tracked my temperature for multiple cycles and it consistently hovered around 97.1 degrees for several days at a time.
I also noticed a tight, scratchy feeling around my throat on certain days. It was a subtle sign I previously would overlook without a second thought, but in conjunction with my thyroid observations it caught my attention. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck near the collarbone. Sore throat is a common symptom of a distressed thyroid.
I know these symptoms don’t sound like much –a scratchy throat and a low body temperature –but if we pick up on the subtle signals our body provides then it won’t have to resort to more painful means of communication. We shouldn’t have to lose our hair or develop a goiter before we start paying attention to the state of the thyroid gland.
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