Today, we have a specific question about hypothyroidism and iodine. Today’s question is, “Everywhere I have read about how great iodine is for the thyroid. And every time I eat iodine-based foods like kelp, chlorella, and dulse, I cannot sleep afterwards. Can you please comment on that?”
Hypothyroidism, Autoimmunity & Iodine
Well, that is a fantastic question, and it is something that I really want to dig into because we here at Organixx, we have iodine, liquid iodine, and it’s a very powerful way of introducing key nutrition to support your iodine receptivity and to ultimately power up your thyroid.
But in certain cases, individuals that have existing, diagnosed hypothyroidism and/or a combination of hypothyroidism and autoimmunity – and we know that as Hashimoto’s, being a common one, these instances can plague individuals when they consume iodine-rich foods or consume an iodine supplementation.
Iodine Supplementation Should be Calibrated
So, what happens is iodine has to be a hundred percent dialed in and calibrated in a way, especially with any type of hypothyroidism, any type of diagnosis. Also, there are influences of medication here, too, so that may be an underlying component.
But essentially, we need to calibrate the right amount of iodine to get into your body, because we only have a certain amount of iodine receptivity, and sometimes a microdose versus a full-fledged dose one time a day, and kind of spacing out your dosing twice a day or three times a day may be just the incremental change to help your body assimilate and absorb iodine and utilize it in an appropriate fashion.
Thyroid Gland: Failure to Adapt
Now, there is something that we have labeled in the kind of medical world as “failure to adapt,” where the actual thyroid gland is just not capable of adapting to or receiving the iodine that your body is consuming via diet or nutritional supplementation like a liquid iodine.
Pay Attention to Side Effects
In that type of case, you might have acute effects, acute side effects, meaning you might have a lack of sleep, or you might notice kind of flushing, you might have a speedup of your heart rate, you might feel more fatigued, you can even have diarrhea.
And so, that is really critical to pay attention to the symptoms. I call it the language. Symptoms are the language of your body, because if you are consuming those foods and you are having a side effect like an imbalance in sleep patterns, then what I recommend is contacting your physician, getting retested. Let’s calibrate and see where your values are now so that if we need to make adjustments either to some medication you’re consuming or certain foods, then we can do that.
Influencers That Can Offset Iodine Receptivity
Now, the other thing that I want to highlight is not only are there medication influences, so if an individual’s taking blood pressure medicine or blood sugar or balancing medication, those can affect iodine receptivity. Your diet can affect that. If you’re eating a lot of foods that are rich in bromine, it’s an additive that we find in flours, so if you’re not going gluten-free, you might be getting too much bromine, or you might be consuming too much fluoride or fluorine in your daily lives, or chloride.
So, there’s an assortment of influencers that can offset iodine receptivity, so fine-tuning your diet, your lifestyle, even your water sources, cleaning up your water, is really critical because glandular dysfunction can lead to this “failure to adapt,” where you are trying to consume a good, healthy nutrient that we know is important for thyroid function, but your thyroid gland for whatever reason is not receiving it, and it’s not adapting to that functionality of iodine.
Magnesium Supplementation Can Enhance Iodine Receptivity
So, I hope that is helpful. The only other thing that I would recommend is to add in a magnesium blend, like a Magnesium 7. I have found that when we have a broader array of minerals, particularly in a sort of magnesium, it can help that receptivity enhance.
Thyroid Testing Can Help Ensure a Tailored Iodine Protocol
So, I hope that’s helpful. Let us know. Definitely do get into your clinician and get your thyroid tested, because the symptoms of reactivity to iodine-rich foods is definitely a sign, and if you haven’t had your TPOab (it’s a big T, big P, big O, and then a little ab) – that’s a thyroid peroxidase antibody test – that will identify if you have Hashimoto’s. In which case, iodine is not recommended unless we do certain things, and that is often where individuals like myself work one-on-one with patients to sort out, “Okay, if we’re going to have iodine, we need X, Y, and Z with it based on your specific tailored needs, based on your labs.”
So, I hope that’s helpful. Let us know how it goes, and I hope that you get to feeling better when you eat wonderful, rich iodine foods.
When your organs are working hard to detoxify, you want the purest form of iodine possible to help them work more efficiently. It only makes sense to use an organic form that’s totally natural and free of chemicals. Organixx Iodine is one of the only formulas that is USDA Certified Organic. It’s a pure, nascent form of iodine which your thyroid can use immediately.
Our next question comes from Sam. Sam asked, “What is effective in tackling autoimmune problems like psoriasis?”
Okay, that’s an excellent question, Sam. A lot of individuals suffer from psoriasis. There are multiple types. Sometimes women and men deal with it on their scalp and sometimes we know that as dandruff. Other times, individuals are dealing with psoriasis and even eczema on their elbows, their knees, and patches of scaly, itchy, irritated skin. With psoriasis and eczema, those two I link together. But one or the other, what you need to deal with, how you heal it and tackle it naturally, is to look at healing your gut.
Healing the Gut is Key to Healing Autoimmune Skin Issues
So, your digestive process is … and when I say digestive process, it’s the internal lining of your small intestine and your large intestine. That mucosal membrane is a direct mirror of our skin. And so when individuals, when my patients are presenting with skin-related irritations or autoimmune disorders of the skin, we need to look at the internal skin. We need to go in and go deep into healing the gut.
The likelihood is that you’re probably also dealing with some IBS-related symptoms as well, but maybe haven’t bridged that gap or made the connection that the IBS or digestive imbalances – constipation, bloating, gas – is linked to the psoriasis. So, let’s dig into what you can do to heal your skin by healing your gut.
Start with an Elimination Diet
So, the first, most important thing is to address your diet. So, this is really critical. What’s coming in has to be very much healing-focused. So, there are three kinds of elimination items that I recommend overall.
Eliminate gluten. So, this tends to be bread, pasta, items that are very much comforting foods for a lot of folks and very common in our standard American diet. So, gluten is one.
The second one is dairy. Eliminate all dairy. And we have to be really kind of sleuthy with dairy. Dairy is not just milk or yogurt that you’re getting that’s pasteurized or you’re grabbing in the dairy aisle, but it also falls into the packaged products, whey protein. So, a lot of fitness enthusiasts that are grabbing protein shakes or trying to be healthy and grabbing protein bars – whey protein is dairy-oriented. So, be aware of whey protein as well as milk additives in a lot of the items that you’re buying in the box. So, that’s really critical, and just be kind of sleuthy when you’re purchasing and shopping.
The other thing that I recommend is to eliminate soy. A lot of my patients have irritations to soy, and soy is as invasive, if not more invasive than some of those dairy-related products. Soy lecithin is a very common kind of binding agent and sometimes preservative that we’ll find in nearly every packaged, shelf-based product. We even see this in some of our liquid products. So, read your labels. That’s really key.
Those three items, soy, dairy, and gluten, are very much oriented with inflammation production, particularly the way many of these items are harvested or grown. There’s an abundance of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. Those are very irritating to our digestive process and can cause inflammation. Long-term inflammation, we will see skin eruptions. So that’s critical.
Add Probiotics and Fiber to Your Daily Regimen
Second thing that you can do, add on to your Organixx is to grab the ProBiotixx+™ . This has one amazing probiotic and it is billed as one of the most comprehensive gut-repairing digestive-process-rebuilding probiotic. There’s a multitude of probiotics. And you can add in probiotic-rich foods like kefir or kimchi or some of the fermented foods like sauerkraut or beet kvass. Those are all going to be beneficial, but I recommend definitely adding ProBiotixx+™ to your mix.
Similarly, when you take a probiotic, we need the food for the probiotic to support that. That includes individuals that might be making their own nut yogurts or nut kefirs or adding in probiotics like this here at Organixx. What you need to do is add in fiber, but there’s a special fiber called inulin, or chicory root is what we call it. You can drink chicory root tea. It’s a powder that you can add in. We sprinkle it into a lot of our gluten-free baked products that I make here for our family. I add it into sometimes my coffee and I will add it into teas and liquid items that I’m consuming – soups and things like that. So, fiber is really key.
Support Your Liver through Detoxification
Now, the other thing that is really, really essential for your gut is we need to help support your liver’s production of bile. Bile is one of the most important byproducts of the liver and it is a healing, sudsing type of liquid, very basic in nature, but it has this amazing capacity to heal and protect the single-cell lining of your small intestine. Often with psoriasis and eczema or any of the autoimmune disorders apart from skin, so Hashimoto’s, RA, Sjogren’s disease. These are all, we look back into the small intestine and the lining of the small intestine being irritated, inflamed, and we call it leaky gut, it’s often common.
One of the most important ways to help support your body’s healing of that irritated small intestinal lining is to add in liver detoxing, particularly dandelion. So, eating dandelion greens in your salad, juicing dandelion, you can add in dandelion tea. I love dandelion tea because if you’re a coffee drinker, you can make a great switch and drink dandelion tea. It’s very rich and rooted, but it’s very powerful and invigorating the liver’s bile production. The more bile you have, the greater the healing you’re going to employ by also reducing the anti-inflammatory and the allergens of dairy, gluten, and soy. And then by adding the ProBiotixx+™, you are going to really, really fortify your gut healing.
Apply Topical Anti-Inflammatory to Irritated Skin
The other thing that is common is that we’ll see inflammation. So, that skin-related inflammation, you might have kind of a red patch, it’s inflamed. It might be itchy and painful at the same time. What I like to recommend is a cellular-based anti-inflammatory, and the Joint & Muscle Care here at Organixx is one of my favorites. This has a trio of the gifts of the Magi and they are equally beneficial internally. And then you can also apply topically the oil to the area or areas that are inflamed. And I recommend using, mixing a carrier oil or even an almond or even olive oil. You can mix a few drops in and apply topically. That’ll ease the topical inflammation, but you can also take the supplementation. I love pairing those up.
So, I hope that’s helpful. Please try that out and let us know how it goes.