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 day. I am just using this as an example to show that our body is capable of handling a lot of this stuff, I don’t advocate for anyone to take this much. I see no reason to exceed 300mg per day, and even that amount is most likely never needed if we handle detox properly. To learn more about handling detox visit my other website sickoftired.com.
The RDA for iodine is 150mcg.
1,000mcg is equal to 1mg.
1,000mg is equal to 1 gram.
This means 1 gram is 1,000,000 times as much as 1mcg. When people are taking close to 1 million times the amount of the RDA, we’re probably going to have some confusion involved in the situation. To better understand why our RDA is only 150mcg, we will have to dig into the history of iodine over the past 100 years or so. Long story short, it looks like it’s been removed from our diet and medicine cabinet on purpose while we just happen to coincidentally have a 3.5 trillion dollar ‘health’care industry and a 60% chronic illness rate in the U.S.A.
Excess iodine is normally excreted through our urine, which is what allows people to take grams of it. So it would be difficult to “overdose” on iodine itself. But..
The issue we run into with larger doses of iodine, is how our different body’s are going to handle and respond to it. Iodine helps remove and replace improper halides, as well as causes us to dislodge a wide variety of toxins. So if we happen to be loaded with bad halides or toxins, just about any dose of iodine can be considered too much if we’re far enough behind. Read about my experience with iodine dislodging potent toxins at whyiodine.com/low-and-slow.
Cases of acute iodine poisoning are rare and are usually caused by doses of many grams. Acute poisoning symptoms include burning of the mouth, throat, and stomach; fever; abdominal pain; nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; weak pulse; and coma. 1
As for the ‘right’ amount of iodine to take, this is something we need to decide for ourselves, or work with an iodine proficient doctor on. I personally started with small amounts of iodine and worked my way up slowly while supporting my body with various other nutrients it was trying to alert me about with various symptoms. Some people start with rather large amounts, but after spending years in the various iodine groups, I noticed this eventually backfiring on people, similar to what it did to me as the toxins my body was attempting to store were finally unleashed. To read more about my view of how much iodine read whyiodine.com/how-much-iodine
- National Institutes of Health – https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iodine-HealthProfessional/
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