October is a key month for us here at The Cellulite Investigation. Our featured Cellulite Book-of-the-Month (BOTM) is Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It by Dr. David Brownstein.
It was early August when I first explained why iodine is the hottest new lead in our investigation. I started taking an iodine supplement, but my body had such a strong reaction to it –I knew I had to research iodine more carefully before attempting to reincorporate it into my diet. This month is my opportunity to do just that.
But before we get into any of the details of Dr. Brownstein’s book, the first step I am going to take is to determine my level of iodine sufficiency. Here are three ways you can test your iodine levels, each with varying degrees of accuracy and cost. Which method is most appealing to you?
This method is the simplest and least expensive. The only material you need is tincture of iodine (the original colored solution, not the clear one). Paint a swatch of the iodine over your stomach, approximately 3 inches in diameter, then observe how long it takes the color to fade from your skin. The faster the color fades, the greater the chance of iodine deficiency. It’s a sign of severe iodine deficiency if the color fades in less then 4 hours. If the color remains after 24 hours, then it’s likely you are iodine sufficient.
In a random sampling of his patient’s, Dr. Brownstein found that over 90 percent are iodine deficient. He uses more advanced tests at his practice (see below), but I think the patch test is a good place to start for me. Besides the fact that it’s easy and inexpensive, I like how you can repeat the test once a month or so to monitor any progress. I’m going to start with this one, but I’d like to try a more “scientific” approach, too.
The iodine spot test is based on a urine sample from your first trip to the bathroom after waking up in the morning. You send the sample to a lab and they measure the level of iodine in the urine. It’s the same price as the next test (approximately $70), but it’s not as accurate. Some docs recommend using the spot test to establish a baseline before taking the iodine-loading test.
This is the test Dr. Brownstein recommends in his book. Like the spot test, it’s based on iodine levels in the urine, but with the iodine-loading test, an iodine supplement (50mg) is ingested before collecting the sample. All urine is collected over the next 24 hours. Since the body holds onto iodine when it’s in an iodine-deficient state, the level of iodine excreted through the urine over the next 24-hour period is a reliable indicator of the degree of iodine deficiency.
Some labs offer similar tests for bromine and fluoride, since they are also halogens and can be measured with similar tests. Considering my history with fluoroderma, I am tempted to take the fluoride test but the 50mg iodine supplement makes me hesitant. I had such a strong reaction to the other supplement I was taking, and that was only 200mcg. Dr. Browntein says his patients experience fewer detox symptoms on the type of iodine used in the test, but I’m not sure I want to chance it.
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