What is iodine?
- An essential nutrient required by almost every cell in our body
- With connections to over 60 diseases and ailments including thyroid & metabolic disorders
- Has the ability to move metals and other toxins
- Is integral in stomach acid formation and proper digestion
- Has been systematically removed from our diet and replaced with toxic mimickers
- Antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and so much more
This site, Why Iodine, is...
There is an iodine community made of several groups across several platforms on the internet, as well as several books and videos.
Each of these resources has a slightly different set of info as well as views on how to handle all of this.
Why Iodine is an attempt to summarize most of this info we’ll find so it’s easier to wrap our head around what we’re doing.
I had a lot of the same questions you likely have and I’ve spent years seeing how this stuff works out for a lot of people. I’m just trying to pass along what I’ve learned after a pretty intense dive into iodine and nutrition.
Although iodine was a huge part of my success healing, so were a lot of other nutrients. I try to keep this site mainly about iodine so it lines up with the iodine community’s overall ideas.
But I think there is a better way of getting started with all of this. Read more about my healing journey where I teach general metabolism in a slightly simple way. Understanding what our nutrients are doing in general helped me take healing to new levels.
Why haven't we heard of iodine's benefits?
Iodine’s connection to health goes back thousands of years. People knew seaweed had various healing qualities without realizing it contained iodine.
For the past 200 years, concentrated iodine has been used for dozens of purposes in health and sanitation.
Less than 100 years ago iodine started being attacked by bogus info and slowly removed from everything possible.
The FDA monitors and regulates iodine claiming “people might use it to make methamphetamines” even though they have nothing to back up this claim.
It’s relatively cheap. By ignoring iodine, hundreds and potentially thousands of profit-generating products have plenty of customers. Why would they let us find out about a cheap preventative solution that cuts their profit?
So how do I get started with iodine?
The only person that knows how to get you started properly is you. Even when we work with a doctor or other practitioner, we still need to be our own self-healing advocate if we’d really like to succeed.
But we’re all so much different that there is no single starting point. Even two people with the same body-type still lead different daily lives and have different adjustments to make.
Some of us do not yet realize the importance of what we’re going for here. This page may help put the situation into perspective whyiodine.com/start
There is really no easy way to cut this. We need to learn more about our environment and a handful of important nutrients.
Clean environment & diet
If we continue to absorb toxins with our skin, stomach, and lungs all day, we will never get ahead of the curve. Learn more about our common toxic exposures and ways to clean up out diet in The Detox Section
Increase unrefined salt intake
Quality salt is required for proper cell function. Learn more about salt at whyiodine.com/salt
Get more Magnesium
Iodine is going to allow our body to do a lot of stuff it’s likely been behind on for a while. Magnesium is involved in a large majority of these processes. Learn more about the benefits from more than one form of Magnesium at whyiodine.com/magnesium
Get Selenium, but not too much
Selenium is just as important as iodine for a lot of us, we just need to avoid taking it daily for extended periods of time without feeling our body do anything with it. Read more about selenium at whyiodine.com/selenium
Increase Vitamin C intake
As all of these nutrients help us catch up, vitamin C is needed in order to clean up the oxidative mess created. Learn more at whyiodine.com/vitamin-c
Start slow with iodine
Now that our body has access to a few important nutrients, small amounts of iodine should help us move forward.
By going slow we can always back off without having to wait long to level off again. Read about my experience here whyiodine.com/low-and-slow
Once we understand what we’re doing, we may be able to try larger amounts of iodine to see how it works for us.
The healing community commonly uses a form of iodine called Lugols. I have laid out the common brands people buy here whyiodine.com/iodine-buyers-guide and explain more about the different types of iodine here whyiodine.com/which-iodine
I recommend starting with these products:
Miss Lizzy’s Thyroid & Adrenal Support Starter Bundle
- The best form of selenium
- Lugol’s Strong Iodine
- Super-fine pink salt for salt loading
*The main reason I recommend Miss Lizzy’s is for the experience. This helps us feel more comfortable as we’re getting started. Read about more options at whyiodine.com/iodine-buyers-guide/
Organixx Magnesium 7
- Complete Full-Spectrum Daily
- 7 Forms of Elemental Magnesium + Co-Factors
*Their sales page is rather annoying. Scroll down 75% of the way for purchasing options. Visit whyiodine.com/magnesiums for more magnesium options
Seeking Health’s Liposomal Vitamin C Plus
- Liposomal Vitamin C for enhanced absorption and GI comfort
- Extra antioxidant support from bioflavonoids
- Supports healthy immunity, histamine levels, and mast cell stabilization
*Starting any new nutrient in liposomal form can be very beneficial. Our cells are tired and broken as we’re getting started and liposomal helps us bypass a lot of those issues. Learn more about Vitamin C here whyiodine.com/vitamin-c
- Great for getting started
- Some people find it less salty tasting than pink salt
- Can be used for salt loading if we do not have Miss Lizzy’s
*Salt has two important nutrients we need as we try to increase our cells’ activity. Read more about the importance of salt whyiodine.com/salt