Could iodine be keeping your thyroid antibodies up?

Many people today are deficient in iodine. Those with thyroid imbalances have likely heard that iodine is a necessary supplement to help with hypothyroid issues and it’s true. Iodine is a necessary supplement to support the thyroid, however, it can also create a bigger problem if taken at the wrong time.

High levels of antibodies on a thyroid test can mean that an autoimmune condition is present. It is crucial to make sure lab results include antibody levels to ensure that the condition is treated appropriately. Most people with hypothyroid actually have an autoimmune form of thyroid disease called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. It has become a rare occurrence for people to simply be hypothyroid, but misdiagnosis is common. Too many doctors today do not understand the delicacies of the thyroid and do not order sufficient lab tests. They are unaware of the prevalence of autoimmune thyroid conditions and thus patients end up suffering as they incorrectly treat the body. Thyroid issues are rampant today but unfortunately specialists that truly understand the endocrine system and its interlacing with hormones are uncommon.

Adding iodine when antibody levels are high can be like pouring gasoline on a fire. Not only will the antibody levels increase, but TSH is also likely to stay higher than desired. The key is making sure that antibody levels have decreased to a healthy level before adding iodine supplementation. Once the antibodies have normalized, it is safe to take iodine and can help with many symptoms.

Like most things, timing is crucial. Be sure to work together with a doctor who is well-versed in the thyroid and endocrine system. Most importantly pay attention to symptoms and get labs done every few months to monitor changes.

About Kehau Martinez

Kehau Martinez is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and environmental advocate. Following her heart, she decided to become a health coach to empower other women who struggle with thyroid and adrenal imbalances. Today, she supports women who have thyroid imbalances to lose weight, increase energy and thrive. Kehau received her Health Coaching training at Integrative Nutrition in New York City and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Chapman University as well as certifications in Animal Communication, Reiki, Spinning® and the Access Consciousness Bars®. Additionally, she is certified in Raindrop Technique® and uses genuine, therapeutic-grade essential oils to perform this application of oils which detoxifies the body, empowering it to restore balance and promotes spinal health. Kehau leads workshops, teaches classes and offers one-on-one and group health coaching sessions as well as individual sessions for Raindrop Technique® or The Bars®.
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3 Responses to Could iodine be keeping your thyroid antibodies up?

  1. TJM says:

    I think you mean “intracacies” and not “delicacies.”

    • Hi,
      I agree that intricacies works well too, as it is indeed an intricate system (the endocrine system). However, I also believe it is a delicate balance that is required for thyroid health.The thyroid is affected by so many factors: diet, environment, hormones, etc. It is a delicate gland that can be thrown out of balance easily in our toxic world today. So thank you for the suggestion, but I was in fact referring to this definition:
      : the quality or state of requiring delicate handling

      Not this one:
      : something pleasing to eat that is considered rare or luxurious

      Hopefully no one out there uses the other definition of it! 😉

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