Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “Is iodine intake important in both hyperthyroidism as well as hypothyroidism?” — Antioch, CA
A. Dear Rafaela, Oddly enough, both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism can be caused by a deficiency of iodine. Without proper amounts of iodine, the thyroid gland begins to over function causing hyperactivity. After a period of hyperactivity, the thyroid becomes exhausted, which then leads to hypothyroidism.
As always, it’s very important for you to work with your healthcare practitioner to determine whether or not you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. I encourage you to talk with your doctor and see what he/she thinks of using the protocol I have recommended.
You should also visit Dr. David Brownstein’s website at https://www.drbrownstein.com/homePage.php. Dr. Brownstein is one of the leading physicians in research on iodine today. He does a wonderful job of explaining why we need higher levels, and how environmental changes have greatly impacted our iodine requirements. You may also want to get a copy of his book, Iodine: Why You Need It and Why You Can’t Live Without It.
In the case of hypothyroidism, a thyroid support formula that contains iodine and the amino acid L-tyrosine may be most appropriate. These two nutrients are required to produce thyroxin, the important hormone produced by the thyroid gland. Together, intake of iodine and L-tyrosine can keep the thyroid nourished and prevent goiter, hypothyroidism, and a multitude of symptoms associated with low thyroid hormone levels. I suggest taking 2 to 4 capsules of this blend daily at breakfast.
In the event of hyperthyroidism, I would consider adding an iodine formula to your daily regimen. For optimal support, look for a formula that contains three types of iodine: potassium iodide, molecular iodine, and sodium iodide. I recommend taking 12.5 mg of this blend twice daily.
Terry . . . Naturally