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.
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Today’s question comes from John C., “How can you tell if hot flashes are hormonal acidosis or Lyme co-infection issues?” John, that is such a great question and it is honestly very hard to tell, many times, where the sources of hot flashes are coming from within your body.
Honestly, what I recommend is to test and not guess. And to also set up appointments with those sort of clinicians that might be working with you in hormones, or maybe your primary care provider that’s working with you with Lyme. But, to ensure that we evaluate the body’s metrics in a whole assortment of things.
Get a Full Hormonal Panel
I’m going to recommend a few tests that you might want to have run. The first, if you’re not sure if it’s hormonal, let’s identify your hormones, a full hormone panel. That involves assessing your reproductive hormones, and for men and women, this includes estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
Many men think that they might not be producing estrogen and progesterone and in fact, they are. Just not at the levels like women and their cycles are very different. But, you are testing that. Sometimes, men will present with elevations in estrogen. There are three types of estrogens that we want to test. Those are some things to consider that might be behind hot flashes.
Get A Full Thyroid Panel
Another value to have tested is your thyroid, a full thyroid panel. Let’s rule out Hashimoto’s, because your thyroid gland, if it is in a hypo state, that can cause you to feel cold and hot in different parts of your body. So, you might have cold hands or feet, but you might be feeling really hot in the torso. If you’re feeling a torso hot flash, it might be thyroid-related.
Get Your C-Reactive Protein Value: An Inflammatory Biomarker
Another value to address is c-reactive protein. This is just a really good biomarker of any inflammatory state within the body. That helps us understand, are we dealing with maybe an infection or are we dealing with any type of underlying disease or inflammatory state that we need to address?
Sometimes, c-reactive protein is run by cardiologists, because it’s often a biomarker for heart disease. But, it can be also a marker of inflammation in a knee, or arthritis, or a Lyme scenario. Get that value for sure.
Test Your Cortisol Levels
Then, another hormone panel to have run is to test your cortisol saliva. At least, you have four, we call it a diurnal cortisol level. Some clinicians are running this and clinicians like myself, we do a lot of tests where you can order them online, have them shipped to your home. Then, you can run the labs and mail them out to the lab. They actually provide you results very quickly.
Cortisol is one of these things where cortisol imbalances can lead to hot flashes and night sweats. That can be also an underlying factor for thyroid imbalance, for hormone imbalance. So, evaluating your cortisol in the morning, at lunch, at dinner, and right before bed is a really good way to evaluate your circadian rhythm.
That’s the rhythm of your natural waking. You’re kind of at your highest energy cortisol point and then you should be dipping and slowly going to your lowest point at night. A lot of folks, when we test cortisol, it doesn’t work out that way. That’s okay, it’s just the sign that your body’s stress response mechanism is heightened. And often, that is heightened due to underlying physiological, biochemical imbalances. An infection, a flare. Identifying that source is really critical.
Could It Be Acidosis?
Now, when it comes to acidosis, labs, kidney values, liver values, enzyme values, and also running a urinalysis will be helpful. Also, if you’re not sure if it’s acidosis and we might be dealing with some underlying diabetes or insulin resistance, let’s make sure you’re testing your glucose every day. Know that when you test your glucose, so that’s your blood sugar value, when you test in the morning, that’s ideally going to be your highest peak. But, if your cortisol is imbalanced, your insulin and your blood sugar levels are going to near the cortisol spikes.
It’s not uncommon for folks to test their blood sugar levels throughout the day and get all sorts of random numbers. Sometimes really high, sometimes moderate levels, or normal levels. It’s best to test several times throughout the day, ideally in the morning, right around mid-afternoon, right before dinner, and right before bed. That’ll match up with your cortisol values and then you can identify if cortisol is driving your blood sugar imbalances, that might be leading to hot flashes or kind of a heat experience. Or, if there’s something else going on. I like to use our labs to rule out things as well.
Testing for Lyme Disease
Now, with Lyme, this is a whole other ballgame when it comes to evaluations – evaluating Lyme and testing. One of the things that I’ve found in referring patients to specific Lyme specialties is to identify if there’s a spare heat, any type of bacteria present in the blood, identify and evaluate by live blood cell analysis.
That’s a little different than the standard testing that we see. Even then, some testing resources are not as comprehensive as they need to be. If it is Lyme and we’ve identified that, then there’s a possibility that the Lyme could be impacting the cortisol. It could be impacting the reproductive hormones.
Test…and Then Retest
Make sure you do a full analysis and don’t rely on Dr. Google. Really get the evaluation of where your body stands and then, retest in six months. Do whatever you need to do. Take the measures to work whatever protocols provided for you. Definitely, if you need any resources, I’d love to help.
Don’t hesitate, John, to contact me if you need any additional resources or you want to review your labs. I do that with a lot of patients, where they’ll book a 30-minute appointment and we’ll review the lab results. That can be very helpful.
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John, for you or anybody else that wants me to review your labs, I’d love to do that. We can put together a very personalized, very tailored, specific protocol to meet your needs. Really address the hot flashes and identify where are they coming from. Because identification, utilization of labs, and putting together a very specific, comprehensive plan is really the true path to healing.
Thanks, John, for asking that question. I hope that’s been helpful and I look forward to hopefully working with you soon.