One of the many confusing aspects of iodine is how it’s combined with other elements to make things like Potassium Iodide(KI) and Lugol’s Solution as two examples. Read more about different types of iodine at whyiodine.com/which-iodine
Iodine is being combined in these different ways to help more of it become suspended in the solution, or to create a different nutrient for our body.
Some people avoid iodine because their doctor told them to avoid potassium(which is insane, maybe we should find a solution instead of just skipping a really important nutrient..). And some people ask if consuming iodine will provide enough potassium to meet their 4,000mg daily potassium amount.
Not only do a few people use potassium iodide by itself, but it’s also one of the components of Lugols solution.
Potassium iodide is 1 part potassium and 1 part iodine. So for every milligram(mg) of iodine we get, we’re also getting 1mg of potassium.
That means we would have to consume 4,000mg of iodine to reach 4,000mg of potassium. I’ve been using iodine for 7 years and do not see any reason to go above 50mg and I rarely take that much. People using larger amounts are using it as a stimulant, which might be ok under certain circumstances.
Lugols is 2 parts Potassium Iodide and 1 part elemental iodine.
This means we would need to consume 8,000mg of iodine to get 4,000mg of potassium.
So, what does this mean?
Most people are starting low and working their way up slowly. Some people make their way up to 50mg of lugols and others keep going for some reason.
Using 100mg of Lugols just because it’s an easy round number, provides about 33mg of potassium, or 0.8% of our RDA.
Do we really need 4k pot?
The RDA for potassium is 4,000mg per day for adults. Even if we eat really good food all day, it’s almost impossible to get to 4k. We would have to eat 2 head of cauliflower to get close to 4k. Or we would need to consume 8 bananas. I’ve eaten enough food food to provide this much potassium but never noticed my potassium related symptoms change from it.
This is a touch off topic, but I personally do not see benefits above a few hundred mg of potassium. I have a feeling most of us cannot use it. So it’s not that we’re not getting enough, it’s that our cells are so bound up that we can’t utilize more.
I use Seeking Health’s electrolytes for 510mg of potassium but I do not use this daily and sometimes I use more than one if I notice benefits.
Solo “potassium” supplements do not go above 100mg because it’s not great to supplement potassium by itself. Certain important nutrients like this need other nutrients around or our body cannot handle or use them properly.
After drinking coconut water just about daily and trying various potassium supplements, the first time I noticed potassium benefits was after my 5th or so coffee enema. After completing the CE, I felt very drained. And then as I sipped a coconut water a few minutes later, I felt energy surge through my body and a handful of potassium issues started resolving themselves.
I think what happened is the CE helped me dislodge a toxicity that somehow had potassium bound up. And now with that stuff removed I was able to replenish some potassium with coconut water.
In this screenshot from my write up about sulfites, we can see a few forms of preservatives that combine potassium with some form of sulfites.
Maybe this means nothing at all. But I can’t help wonder if this type of substance is created in our system as things attempt holding themselves together in an extremely toxic environment.