COMMON MISTAKE #1: SUPPLEMENT WITH IODINE
How many times have we heard that any thyroid disorder can be helped with iodine?
How many of us believe that the only cause of goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid, is iodine deficiency?
Why do so many practitioners in alternative health, such chiropractors, acupuncturists, and naturopaths, suggest iodine for thyroid health?
This is because iodine is important for thyroid function and the production of thyroid hormones. However, most of us in the United States get the iodine that we need to avoid hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid. While high doses of iodine can be useful, such as when working with fibrocystic breasts, taking supplemental iodine can make some cases of hypothyroidism worse1!
In cases of hypothyroidism that are autoimmune, meaning the body’s immune system is attacking its own tissue, supplemental or high dietary iodine can actually cause what is known as a flare-up.
In any autoimmune condition, when a flare-up occurs, tissue destruction is at an all-time high.
The only time you would want to supplement with iodine is if there is a true iodine deficiency, or if you are certain that your hypothyroidism is not autoimmune.
If you have hypothyroidism and you are certain it is not autoimmune hypothyroidism, read on…