Frequently Asked Questions

Can iodine cause weight gain?

Can iodine cause weight gain?

The simple answer is yes, if we take more iodine than our body can process the detox of. This is very similar to a drain that cannot handle the volume of what we’re trying to pour down it. Another example is spraying a bunch of really dirty windows with tons of window cleaner but not…

Are the supporting nutrients required?

Are the supporting nutrients required?

As Dr. Brownstein has worked helped his patients with the iodine protocol, he found a set of nutrients that helped their body restore iodine levels properly. Although these extra nutrients can make starting iodine a little more confusing, they can be very important in several ways. The commonly recommended amounts of each of these can…

Can iodine alter menstrual cycles

Can iodine alter menstrual cycles

Many women report changes in their menstrual cycle when starting iodine. Although there is not any direct science between iodine and menstrual cycles, cycles themselves are not really an exact science or completely understood. Their activity is heavily influenced by diet, gene status, stress and many other factors. Common changes include: Cycles starting days or…

Can I take iodine with…

Can I take iodine with…

An extremely common question when starting iodine is “can I take iodine with x” where x is one of various nutrients, foods, drinks or medications. An unfortunate aspect to iodine is it’s lack of studies. There is a lot of historical information related to its benefits to our health, which is what has allowed doctors…

Does iodine affect hair loss

Does iodine affect hair loss

The thyroid attempts maintaining temperature so proteins can form properly. Most thermostats in houses have a metal spring in them, and as the temperature increases in the room, the metal spring expands, which tells the air conditioner to turn on. As the AC runs, the temperature of the room decreases, which causes the spring to…

What are symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive)

What are symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive)

Hypothyroidism, which is when the thyroid is under-productive, and does not produce enough thyroid hormones, can include the following symptoms: Tiredness Cold intolerance Weight gain Hair loss Eye swelling Slow heart rate Shortness of breath Constipation Menstrual irregularity High blood pressure Carpal tunnel Usually when someone is experiencing an under-productive thyroid, they have a hard…

What are symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive)

What are symptoms of hyperthyroidism (overactive)

Hyperthyroidism, which is when the thyroid is over-productive, and produces too much thyroid hormones, can include the following symptoms: Mood swings Anxiety Irritability Weakness Sleeping issues Tremors Sweating Heat intolerance Irregular heartbeat Tiredness Weight loss Frequent bowel movements Eye irritation or bulging eyes Menstrual irregularity Enlarged breasts or erectile dysfunction in men Thinning of hair…

What time of day should I take iodine and other nutrients?

What time of day should I take iodine and other nutrients?

We’re all different. Different body weight, activity level, lifestyle, diet, levels of health etc etc. This makes iodine work completely different for us. Some of us are taking maintenance doses of iodine, some are slowly moving up in dose, and some are taking mega-doses. All of these variables cause it to be just about impossible…

What is the maximum safe amount of iodine

What is the maximum safe amount of iodine

There is not enough science to determine safe upper limits of iodine intake, but there are dozens of mentions of people taking several grams of iodine per day. There are also a handful of people in the Facebook iodine groups that claim to have used or continue to use over 1 gram of iodine per…