Are you wondering whether you can use an Iodine Supplement if you are taking thyroid medication?
That is a common question. Many of us want natural, practical solutions for supporting thyroid health.
To understand Iodine Supplementation and Thyroid Medications, let's start with how the thyroid works and what it needs to function so you have energy, focus, immune strength, and generally feel good.
The Job of the Thyroid Gland
The primary role of the thyroid gland is to help make thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones are called T4 and T3, and they have a vital role in how your body feels.
Thyroid hormones help you with energy, metabolism, reproductive health, cognitive function, immune health, and so much more.
When the Thyroid Gland Slows Down
When the thyroid gland can't produce enough thyroid hormone naturally, a person might develop Hypothyroidism symptoms and generally not feel great.
Some people have reported living for years with undiagnosed or undertreated Hypothyroidism because of inaccuracies with TSH testing. More on that later.
Even if you don't have a Hypothyroid diagnosis, don't rule it out based on the TSH test. Instead, let's look at the symptoms:
- Low body temperature
- Feeling cold
- Fatigue, exhaustion, low energy even with plenty of sleep
- Hormone imbalances
- Infertility and pregnancy difficulties
- Dry hair, skin, and nails
- Weight gain even when eating healthy
- Dull complexion
- Droopy eyelid
- Edema or swelling
- Low body temperature
- Thinning outer eyebrows
- Slow metabolism
- Brain fog
- and more...
Thyroid Goiter and Nodules
In addition to developing Hypothyroidism, when the thyroid isn't producing enough thyroid hormones, thyroid goiter may develop. Thyroid goiter is a swelling of the thyroid gland, which may cause difficulty swallowing; it may put pressure on the throat or feel uncomfortable.
When a thyroid goiter gets large enough, it may be visible on the throat, or you may feel it at the base of the throat. That's a good clue that the thyroid needs help.
Thyroid Medications Explained
When someone is diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, they will likely take thyroid hormone replacement medication with T4, T3, or both T4 and T3. Remember above, where I mentioned how the thyroid gland makes T4 and T3 hormones?
That's what thyroid medications do when the body isn't naturally making enough thyroid hormones. Thus the reason they are called "thyroid hormone replacement" medications. They provide the hormones your body isn't making naturally.
Supporting the Thyroid Naturally
Here is where the story gets interesting. For the thyroid gland to make thyroid hormones, it needs two essential minerals: Iodine and Selenium.
The thyroid gland uses Iodine to help make mostly T4 thyroid hormone and a little T3. The body then needs adequate levels of Selenium to help convert that T4 into T3 for energy, metabolic function, and immune health.
Iodine is essential for all human life and well-being. The body can't make a single hormone without it. Unfortunately, contrary to widespread assumption, many people may not get enough Iodine or Selenium through our diets and, as a result, may not have the essential nutrients to make enough thyroid hormones.
The Big Question: Do I need medication if I take Iodine and Selenium?
Many of us want natural, practical solutions for our thyroid health. So it's common to wonder if Iodine and Selenium could be that option.
According to best-selling author of "Iodine: Why You Can't Live Without It," Dr. David Brownstein, the short answer is "maybe." As explained in his book, Brownstein has worked with thousands of patients who used a combination of Iodine, Selenium, and other minerals in combination with other medications.
Over the years, he observed three scenarios for his patients who supplemented with Iodine:
- Some stayed at the same thyroid medication dosage
- Some were able to lower their medication
- Some were able to go off their medication
However, Dr. Brownstein said there was no way to predict what his patients would need until he worked with them. That's why a knowledgeable doctor is so important.
As you can see, Iodine and Selenium are essential minerals for people who are looking to support thyroid function naturally.
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