Have you heard of halogen detox and wondered if it’s right for you? The reason why halogen detox is recommended comes down to iodine. Think of iodine like fuel for your body—it controls your thyroid and helps it produce the hormones needed to keep your metabolism thriving.
But here’s the trouble with iodine—your body can’t produce it on its own. Still, because your body needs it, every cell in the body is primed for it with a receptor made just for iodine (you can think of this like the fuel outlet in your car, ready for gas!)
When your body doesn’t get enough iodine, the cells still need fuel. At that point, they will accept anything that looks like fuel!
What Looks Like Iodine but Isn’t?
Iodine belongs to the halide family. Other elements in the family look like iodine but aren’t—like chlorine, fluoride, and bromine.
But when your body tries to use those as fuel, it’s like using diesel fuel in an unleaded engine. Using the wrong fuel wreaks havoc on your system, disrupting thyroid production and potentially leading to health problems like slower metabolism, fatigue, sleep issues, fertility and reproductive issues, and more.
To prevent that, we need to get those other halogens out of our system. Fortunately, you can detox halogens gently and naturally, keeping your “fuel” in check!
Iodide vs. Iodine (And Why You Need Both for Detoxing)
Halogens can be tricky to detox for one simple reason—their atomic weight makes it where they can only be targeted with other elements from the same family! In other words, it takes halogens to beat halogens.
So...what is a halogen that we want as fuel and that can be used to detox unwanted halogens? Iodine!
Here’s what you need to know about iodine though: there are two types. Potassium iodide, often referred to as iodine, is human-made—it’s basically a supplement we created for when we don’t get enough iodine.
Then there’s molecular iodine, sourced from the earth. This is the naturally occurring form of iodine, the “pure” iodine found in the periodic table.
Don’t let the “human-made” label fool you though—both types of iodine are important for the body!
Iodide is functionally involved in trillions of processes throughout the body, including basal metabolism, ovulation, and immune function†. It travels to tissues in the thyroid gland, cervix, ovaries, placenta, eyes, skin, and lactating breasts. (7)
But molecular iodine is required by the glands. It reaches tissues in the breasts, prostate, tumor sites, and cystic areas that iodide can’t reach. It even works on a mitochondrial level as an antioxidant! (8)
How to Detox Halogens with Iodine
You need enough iodide and iodine to detox the halogens in your body and keep your thyroid functioning strong. That’s why we created Thiodine.
Thiodine is a unique supplement because it provides both potassium iodide and molecular iodine to fuel your cells and detox halogens.
During the detox process, iodide and iodine flood the cell receptors and dislodge halogens, sending them on to look for another home. That’s why a detox strategy is an important part of iodine supplementation!
Your liver and your kidneys are the primary detox pathways. Ideally, your body is functioning properly so it can remove the halogens from your body. Otherwise, they might get stuck in your body and find a home in your fat cells.
When halogen enters the fat cells, they try to protect themselves from the toxins by holding water, leading to bloating. (This is actually the most common reason why some people gain weight when starting an iodine supplement—they dislodged the halogens, but didn’t detox the water. See more here, where we walk you through the entire process so you can detox without the weight gain!)
Will I Experience Detox Symptoms if I take Thiodine Iodine ?
Some people may experience symptoms of halogen detox; others might not. Over the years, experts like Dr. David Brownstein, Dr. Jeffrey Dach, and patient advocacy groups have reported a range of possible symptoms related to bromine toxicity and detox, including:
- Cherry Angiomas
- Bromine rash
- Brain fog
- Bromoderma (acne) on face and hands
- Disturbance of color perception
- Abnormal skin pigmentation
- Slurred Speech
- Hair loss
- Vision changes
- Runny Nose
- Reflex changes
- Metallic Taste
- Sensitivity to light
- Diarrhea / Constipation
- Eyelid twitching
- Dream changes
- Increased salivation
- Dry mouth
- Changes in body odor
- Increased sweating
- and more
The Right Iodine Detox Strategy is Key
Anytime you’re dealing with detox, your body might change and suffer side effects. We always recommend working with a medical practitioner, ideally one who has experience with iodine supplementation and detox!
If you do find yourself experiencing symptoms, here is our simple detox strategy:
- Prime with ThyroConvert to help protect from oxidative stress†
- Supplement with Thiodine to help dislodge halogens and win back the cell receptors†
- Use HaloDetox to help bind free-floating halogens
- Flush with plenty of water
You Can Detox Halogens and Refuel Your Body
Your body deserves the right kind of fuel and protection against future damage. Halogen detox could be the pathway!
We created the Ultimate Thyroid & Adrenal Support Starter Bundle to help fuel the cells, support the conversion of thyroid hormones, and gently detox bromine, chlorine, and fluoride.