If you've ever wondered if you are low in iodine, try the iodine patch test.
It's a simple and easy way to find out. You will use tincture of iodine which is 2% orange colored solution available in the first aid section of your pharmacy. It comes in a small one ounce bottle.
If you can't find it on the shelf in the first aid section, the pharmacist may be holding it in the prescription portion of the pharmacy.
If it is not there, ask your pharmacist to order it for you. My pharmacy only had one bottle left on the shelf.
Before you go to bed, paint a half dollar size of iodine onto clean dry skin. This should be either on your stomach, under your forearm or inner thigh where material won't rub on it.
When you wake up, you will notice the color has changed. Make a mental note about how much it has changed.
Wait for 24 hours. If the color has completely disappeared, you are iodine deficient.
The body's deficiency is proportionate - the faster the iodine is absorbed by your body, the more deficient you are.
When I used the iodine patch test, the circle disappeared in less than four hours. This is considered a severe iodine deficiency.
If the color disappears, you may begin using the iodine painting as a supplement for your iodine deficiency.
This should be done on a daily basis until the body no longer absorbs the iodine.
After that, you may then test at intervals to see if you have become deficient again and treat accordingly.
My favorite place to find testimonials is from Earth Clinic where you can read comments from people who have shared their experiences in treating hypothroidism (lack of iodine).
Beth from Chicago, Il, wrote about using iodine painting on her body.
She mentioned her sugar cravings disappeared after she started using iodine this way as a supplementation.
Janya from Fountain Valley, CA wrote she has been painting with iodine in the morning and evening for five years.
She stopped all doctor prescribed medications for Hashimotos disease because she found out the medications would destroy her bones and her mind.
She takes liquid kelp drops during the day and continues with the painting for less than $3.00 a bottle.
You may also supplement your iodine deficiency with Lugols iodine.