Testing our iodine, or just about any other levels, is not easy. Our body is made up of trillions of cells that are made of and utilizing various nutrients every millisecond of every day. This is like expecting a national census to know exactly how many people there are. Without some seriously invasive measures, we’re still going to be off by a good bit no matter how good of a job we do.
The best method found so far that is most commonly used in the iodine community is an iodine 24-hour urine loading test, which has us take 50mg of iodoral pills and collect urine for 24 hours. Then the amount of iodine in the urine is calculated and compared to the 50mg we consumed before collection. The closer the urine sample is to 50mg, the more iodine our body is assumed to have, indicating less deficiency.
But when we have anti-iodine halides in our body and cells already, we have to assume they are causing the iodine to be excreted instead of used. This is why most people test at least fluoride and bromide levels while they run this 24-hour loading test.
Running these tests before starting iodine, and then running them again in 1-3 months will probably have completely different results once our body starts moving this stuff around and allowing cells to transfer the nutrients they need.
The iodine 24-hour urine loading test has a few flaws:
- Our body may not know how to, or be able to respond to a random 50mg dose of iodine
- The pill used is designed to bypass our stomach, so a weak digestive system may pass it completely
- Other halides may be taking place of the iodine
- Cells may not be able to utilize iodine yet
- Our hydration level may differ from others
- Our nutritional deficiencies may differ from others
- What if 50mg of iodine knocks loose a hidden toxicity
As I studied iodine long enough, I realized I had so many iodine deficiencies that I was able to feel confident starting without testing.
Dr. Brownstein and others have tested tens of thousands of people and found that 96% were iodine deficient. https://whyiodine.com/protocols/
The only usefulness I see in testing iodine levels is to have a better idea what our levels were before and after supplementing iodine. Even then, the before test pretty much just indicates “you’re probably kinda low on iodine” and the after pretty much indicates “you have more iodine now”. We have no idea what the proper levels are or what should be considered low. What does it matter anyway? Low iodine is connected to increase of illness. There is no data connecting high iodine to issues. Excess iodine is excreted, the issue lies in knocking too many toxins loose too quickly. Maybe people that say iodine doesn’t work for some stuff aren’t using it properly, considering we’re not testing it or anything?