Benefits of Lugol's Iodine - B4B Lugol's Iodine Solution #Basics4Balance

For me the trick to health, real health, is in traditional healing. Our ancestors had good health. They had a deep and long passed down understanding of human well being - all before the medical technology we have now. 

We have gotten away from the ways man has nourished and treated himself for thousands of years. And while technology is a huge benefit to life, it has not brought us freedom from disease. 

I use technology to gain wisdom on healing my body and maintaining balance. One thing I have learned in my research is that most of us are deficient in iodine. Pollutants and industrialized agriculture has robbed our soil of natural minerals and this translates into poor iodine content in our foods. 

Why Your Body Needs Iodine

Iodine is commonly associated with thyroid. However, your body needs iodine for more than just your thyroid. But while we're here, lets take a look at iodine and thyroid. Ailments of the thyroid are the first to develop in response to deficiency. 

Iodine is essential in the production of thyroid hormone. Your body can not make iodine, so it's obtained through diet. If you do not get proper amounts through diet it can lead to goiter, hypothyroidism, and mental retardation in babies whose mother was deficient in pregnancy.  Hyperthyroidism (excessive thyroid function), is the result of rapidly growing thyroid gland nodules that over-produce thyroid hormone; it can trigger cardiac arrhythmias, osteoporosis, and muscle wasting.

Other tissues that absorb and need large amounts of iodine are: breasts, salivary glands, brain, cerebral spinal fluid, skin, pancreas, stomach, and thymus, ovaries, cervix, blood, lymph, bones,  adrenal glands, prostate, colon, lungs, bladder, and kidney. Iodine is found and used in every hormonal receptor in the body

Insufficiency of iodine can result in dysfunction in any of these tissues. Symptoms in theses areas can signal a need for iodine.
Dry mouth, dry skin, lack of sweating, reduced alertness, lowered IQ, depression, cognitive impairment,obesity, psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, a variety of cancers. While these symptoms can certainly manifest because of variety of other conditions, knowing that most of us are deficient is a great place to start.

Important Functions of Iodine
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1)      Iodine helps synthesize thyroid hormones and prevents both hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
2)      Iodine sufficiency reverses hypo- and hyperthyroidism.
3)      Iodine supports apoptosis.
4)      Iodine activates hormone receptors and helps prevent certain forms of cancer.
5)      Iodine protects ATP function and enhances ATP production.
6)      Iodine prevents fibrocystic breast disease.
7)      Iodine decreases insulin needs in diabetics.
8)      Iodine helps support protein synthesis.
9)      Iodine deficiency is a global health threat.
10)    Iodine destroys pathogens, molds, fungi, parasites, and malaria.
11)    Iodine supports immune function.
12)    Iodine eliminates toxic halogens from the body (including radioactive I-131).
13)    Iodine regulates estrogen production in the ovaries.
14)    Iodine is anti-mucolytic (meaning it reduces mucus catarrh).
15)    Iodine neutralizes hydroxyl ions and hydrates the cells.
16)    Iodine makes us smarter.
17)    Iodine prevents heart disease.
18)    Iodine is needed with the use of cordless phones, cell phones and now smart meters to prevent hypothyroidism.
19)    Iodine supports pregnancy (as the fetus undergoes more apoptosis than any other developmental stage). 
20)    High doses of iodine may be used to reverse certain diseases.
21)    High doses of iodine may be used for wounds, bedsores, inflammatory and traumatic pain, and restoration of hair growth when applied topically.
22)    Iodine helps in the diminishing of tissue scarring, cheloid formations, and Dupuytren’s and Peyronie’s contractures, which are hyper-scarring conditions.

Iodine Rich Foods

I firmly believe that our food should be where we attempt to gain our health from. However, as I mentioned above, our depleted soil leaves our foods depleted. So add foods that should be sources of iodine to your diet and supplement knowing you probably need to.
  • sea vegetables
  • cod
  • yogurt
  • turkey breast
  • navy beans
  • tuna
  • eggs
  • baked potato
  • strawberries
  • cranberries

How to Supplement Iodine

There are several forms of iodine. One of the most widely recommended is B4B Lugol's Iodine Solution. Lugol's iodine is iodine / Potassium Iodide and come in 2% and 5% solutions. 2% solution is 2.5 mgs / drop. 5% solution is 6.25 mgs / drop.

Benefits of Lugol's Iodine to the Body

  • Essential for proper thyroid health.
  • Useful anti-oxidant.
  • Efficient anti-pathogen-kills most forms of bacteria, viruses and fungi quickly.
  • Effectively works to reverse hypo- and hyperthyroid conditions.
  • Has anti-biofilm surfactant properties.
  • Acts as an anti-histamine at larger dosages.
  • Detoxes cadmium, aluminum, lead, mercury, arsenic and other poisons.
  • Detoxes fluorine and bromine.
  • Helps to balance the body's hormone system.
  • Essential for all hormone receptor activity and health (not just the thyroid gland).
  • Raises metabolism, making it more efficient.
  • Essential for proper immune system health.
  • Essential immune system component of mucus glands throughout the body.
  • Essential for bone health.
  • Promotes skin, hair and nail health.
  • Promotes healthy digestion.
  • Reduces excessive mucus production.
  • Helps properly regulate estrogen in the ovaries.
  • Decreases insulin needs/helps diabetes.
  • Iodine has mucolytic action (clears excess mucus in the lungs, nose etc.).
  • Increases energy (increases ATP production).
  • Essential for early brain development.
  • Lowers cholesterol and reduces arterial plaque build-up.
  • Radiation protection.

Lugol's Iodine Protocol

There slight variations in protocols based on personal need. I am using a widely recommended brand - B4B Lugol's Iodine Solution, and directions suggest:

Adults and Adolescents 14 years and over
Dilute 1 drop of this product in 7 drops of water and take 2 drops of this dilution once daily. 

Adolescents 9-13 yearsDilute 1 drop of this product in 7 drops of water and take 1 drop of this dilution once daily.

This feels like a safe maintenance dose. You can research iodine protocols and tailor them to fit you.

A Couple Things to Consider During Supplementation of Iodine

  • Companion Nutrients - very important support.  Selenium, Glutathione, Zinc, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Niacin and the B Vitamins
  • Bromine and Fluoride Detox - when you start iodine supplementation the body will detox bromine & fluoride - good sign - 
  • Salt Loading - this helps the detox process. The link above is an excellent source on the detox process.

My Experience

I am taking the companion nutrients and haven't had any issue. I am taking a very small dosage though. I wouldn't assume I'd detox very hard at this dose. 

If dosing for cancer or thyroid, the does will be higher and the detox more real. That is when the salt loading comes in. I currently use unrefined seasalt in all my cooking and seasoning so I'm good for the dose I'm at.

I have noticed more energy and hightened sense of well being. I also think my metabolism has picked up a bit. Jeans are fitting a bit better. 

There is a plethora of info on protocols and iodine uses out there. I didn't even really scratch the surface. It's one of the basic places to start since you can assume you'll be deficient, kinda like magnesium. I'm really glad I have this information and can research more and add to my steps toward optimal health!

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