How much iodine do you need and why should you care?
The current recommendation is 150 Âµg (micrograms) for adults per day. This recommendation has been around for a long time, and was originally used because it’s the minimal amount needed to prevent goiter.
At the time the recommended dietary allowance was established, there was no understanding (and there is still much confusion) of the role iodine plays in the body. It plays an especially import role in the health the thyroid, breasts, ovaries, and prostate.
Many of the environmental toxins we live with today deplete our bodies store of iodine, particularly toxic halides such as bromine, fluoride, and perchlorates. Perchlorates are widely found as a groundwater contaminant. Bromine is found in everything plastic. It’s used as a flame retardant, in bread as a dough conditioner, and in some soft drinks. Fluoride is insanely placed in our drinking water. All interfere with iodine uptake.
I have personally experimented with high dose iodine supplementation have been able to observe the displacement of toxic halides from my system.
Those MDs who have been running high dose iodine experiments and tests find that daily doses of iodine supplementation in the range of 6-50 mg (40 – 300 times the recommended dietary allowance) eliminate deficiency. Note that the type of iodine supplementation used is a combination of iodine and iodide, known as Lugol’s Solution. Also, a variety of companion nutrients have been found to be useful in dealing with the detox reactions.
Ideally, persons wanting to try high dose iodine supplementation would do so under the supervision of a health care provider familiar with the protocols.