Iodine: The # 1 Element You Can’t Live Without

iodine, iodine deficiency, iodine supplement, povidone iodine

Iodine was discovered in 1812 by a chemist and is an element on the periodic table. It is predominantly found in ocean plants, soil and ocean life.  Historically, as we moved further and further away from the ocean iodine become more and more depleted in our food and soil.  As a result, people started to develop goiters.  So, iodine was then incorporated into table salt because everyone used salt in their diet, and it was likely an easy way to incorporate it into a typical diet.


Did you know that iodine is essential to all vertebrates to survive?  We need iodine for many functions in our body.

The thyroid is considered the master gland and iodine is involved in making thyroid hormone. But every gland in our body concentrates iodine.  Every cell in our body had a sodium-iodine symporter on the cell membrane and essentially this allows the cell to excrete sodium and take in iodine.

84 different tissues in our body need iodine.  That’s why in childhood development iodine is especially critical.  If the mother is deficient while pregnant then the child could end up with a smaller brain, lower mental capacity or lower IQ. It’s been shown that as much as 10-15 IQ points could be lost if the mom is iodine deficient.

Many iodine receptors are found in the female reproductive organs, breasts, eyes, salivary glands, cervix, ovaries and arteries.  When a woman has fibrocystic breasts, ovarian cysts or uterine cysts, iodine supplementation has shown to decrease the cysts.

Iodine regulates excessive estrogen which is linked to cancer and therefore iodine protects against cancer. It also detoxifies mercury, lead, fluoride and bromide.  Interestingly, bromide is found in flour and grain products.

Iodine has an affinity to naturally kill viruses.  In the medical industry it is classified as a world class disinfectant.  It comes from nature and it’s pure.  Iodine deactivates viruses and kills bacteria but keeps them intact so that our immune system can recognize it and make antibodies.

What else iodine beneficial for?

  • Reduces the size of skin tags and warts,
  • Breaks down connective tissue and scars such as in dupuytren’s contracture, also known as trigger finger.
  • Can help diminish keloid scars.
  • Lessens depression- it is unknown why
  • Shrink stones in parotid glands
  • Hot flash reductions and decreases heavy menstrual cycles
  • Cystic acne reduction- related to too much estrogen

Iodine Deficiency

There are several reasons for an iodine deficiency the main one being diet.  As previously stated, as we moved further away from the coastline our food and soil became depleted of iodine.  But taking birth control pills and pregnancy can also deplete iodine because both cause a spike in estrogen and too much estrogen depletes it. Radiation, smoking and alcohol also can deplete iodine.  Fatigue and trouble losing weight have also been associated with low levels.


iodine, iodine deficiency, iodine supplement, povidone iodine

How much do we need?

An easy way to test your own iodine levels is to get some iodine at the pharmacy and use a cotton swab to dab some on the inside of your forearm or inner thigh creating about a 2-inch diameter circle.  If the iodine disappears within an hour, then likely you are deficient because the skin has absorbed it all.  A more definitive way to find out is to do a urine test.  So how much do we need?  Well, the RDA is 150 micrograms or 1000th of a milligram. But pregnant women need more so the RDA for them is 220mcg/day.  Breastfeeding women need 290mcg/day.  This RDA is just enough for your thyroid to not make a goiter.  So, we likely need more then what is recommended.

If we consider that Japan has low rates of prostate and breast cancer and are consuming 100 times the RDA then it’s safe to assume that we can take in more iodine.  Dr. Ken D Berry recommends 1-3 milligrams/ day. And if you have normal kidney function then any excess iodine will be excreted.

As we said initially, those that lived near the ocean had an advantage because their diet and soil were rich in iodine.  We also know that Japan’s diet is rich in iodine, and they have a low prevalence of prostate and breast cancer, so it makes sense to source foods rich in iodine like sea kelp, sea fish.

Types of Iodine

Terry Mullins of Terragenx explains the different types available.  I recommend watching his video because he explains in great detail the history, development and characteristics of each type of iodine.  But for the purpose of this article, I will give a very brief explanation.  Lugol’s iodine was created in 1825 and is a solution of iodine and potassium iodide to stabilize the solution.  It’s not very good to drink and tastes terrible.  Also, too much of it can harm you.

Nascent iodine was founded in the 1930’s.  The thyroid produces nascent iodine and it’s no where to be found in nature other then our thyroid.  So, if you take it and goes to thyroid, the nascent iodide is already produced by the thyroid so then the major functions of your thyroid is going to get bypassed.  The thyroid is designed to take iodide out of your bloodstream, not have it be bypassed by an artificial product called nascent.  So, your thyroid won’t function properly.

Infinite iodine is the first pure iodine technology because it only contains pure iodine and water. And it only requires micro-dosing at 150 mcg’s/day.

As always, we recommend talking with your healthcare practitioner first to evaluate if you think you need an iodine supplement and do your research so you can ask the right questions and get the best advice possible for you.



This One Urine Test Could Save Your Life!


Every year, we get the same advice.  Get your mammograms, eat your vegetables and ‘feel your boobies’.  However, even with that advice, we still haven’t made much of a dent in breast cancer prevention.  One thing we never hear about in the mainstream media is iodine deficiency.  This can contribute to breast cancer as well as ovarian and cervical cancers in addition to fibroids.

Facts About Iodine

Here’s what you need to know:

• It is stored in the thyroid gland, ovaries, breast and fat tissue.  Therefore plays an important role in reproductive and breast health.

• Is found in iodized salt, sea vegetables, seaweed, eggs, dairy, and fish

• Iodine deficiency can lead to increased estrogen production.  When you pair that with exposure to environmental estrogen’s in plastic, pesticides, meat, and dairy foods (produced by big agriculture), you have a ripe environment for the development of breast cancer.

• Bromide, fluoride and chlorine compete with iodine for absorption.  They are abundant in the environment and food supply.  Bromide is found in furniture, carpet, cars, fire retardant clothing and mattresses.  Asthma medications, bread products and toothpaste.  Municipal water supplies, food prepared with fluoridated water and tea leaves.  The antidepressants Paxil and Prozac also contain fluoride.  Chlorine is also found in our water supplies, swimming pools, and the artificial sweetener Splenda, or sucralose.  Click here for more information about cancer risks.

How To Get Tested

One of the best steps to take in preventing cancer is to get an iodine loading test.  This is a urine test, not a blood test.  You will take 50 mg of iodine and collect your urine for 24 hours; I know, not fun, but it may just save your life.  You can also get a bromide test.  Click here for more information on iodine and bromide testing.

Simple Steps

I highly recommend finding a physician who is knowledgeable about iodine so you can get the right dosage.  It is best to take it with vitamin C, magnesium, and selenium.  Get plenty of unrefined sea salt.  The chloride component of salt can help eliminate bromide.  Sea salt does not contain much iodine, so you can also sprinkle kelp granules on food.  If you eat meat, choose grass fed over conventional.  If you do dairy, raw is best, followed by low heat pasteurized and non-homogenized.  Click here before buying seafood.  If you are allergic to iodine, focus on eliminated toxins like bromide.

Click here for more information on iodine and breast health.  The Switch Diet is almost here and will help you eliminate toxins.  To get notified when it is released, like my Facebook page.