Being exposed to radiation (including X-ray and other radiological equipment), is sure to create deficiencies in iodine, a nutrient necessary for proper thyroid health. However, deficiencies are also created when there is insufficient iodine in the diet or if you are unable to absorb your nutrients properly. Here is a simple Do-It-Yourself-at-Home test to check for iodine deficiency:

o Dip a cotton ball into USP Tincture of Iodine. (You can get iodine at the drugstore for under $1.)
o Apply to about a 2-3 inch circle of iodine on your inner-forearm or thigh.
o Wait up to one hour; if the stain disappears, it is an indicator that your body has iodine deficiency. If the stain remains for more than three hours, there is less likely to be an iodine deficiency.

Signs you may be deficient:
Low drive or energy
Exhaustion despite plenty of sleep
Exhaustion and inability to sleep
Feeling cold, even on a hot day
Miscarriage (if pregnant) and birth defects
Muscle cramping
Brain dysfunction
Auto-immune disease
Hormone imbalance

Foods naturally containing iodine include seafood and sea vegetation, sea salt, sea water (if you live on the coast, take a swim in the ocean!), eggs and dairy. Certain other foods, such as soy, can cause a depletion of minerals and destruction of the thyroid, so please avoid it at all cost. See “Soy Fun Facts” also in the Reference Center.

Natural forms of Iodine: Kelp, Bladderwrack, Iodoral, Lugol’s Iodine Solution. NEVER take a natural product while taking prescription thyroid medications without consulting your doctor or pharmacist. Raw thyroid glandulars may also help if you know that you have hypothyroidism.