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    Thinking on taking iodine, need some advice.

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    Thinking on taking iodine for a range of problems including fluoride removal. I heard some people take Lugos iodine?

    What brand should I get and what dosage etc etc?

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    Lockstock, J. Crow's lugol solution is the most popular. It is a mix of elemental iodine and potassium iodide. I am biased in favor of potassium iodide so I've used liquid kelp to get it. I haven't read anything to exclude lugols solution. Some people use SSKI which is saturated potassium iodide. I would be more inclined to use it, rather than lugols, if I had to choose between the two, simply because I believe the iodide version to be easier to use than the elemental version.

    Dosage is controversial. I've taken 50 mg of iodine daily, using liquid kelp, for 3 months. Then, I titrated down and now maintain with seafood. I estimate that I average about 1 mg daily now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Caton View Post
    Lockstock, J. Crow's lugol solution is the most popular. It is a mix of elemental iodine and potassium iodide. I am biased in favor of potassium iodide so I've used liquid kelp to get it. I haven't read anything to exclude lugols solution. Some people use SSKI which is saturated potassium iodide. I would be more inclined to use it, rather than lugols, if I had to choose between the two, simply because I believe the iodide version to be easier to use than the elemental version.

    Dosage is controversial. I've taken 50 mg of iodine daily, using liquid kelp, for 3 months. Then, I titrated down and now maintain with seafood. I estimate that I average about 1 mg daily now.
    I saw the J crows lugol iodine. Its also fairly cheap.
    I may have to give it a go.
    What benefits did you get out of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lockstock View Post
    I saw the J crows lugol iodine. Its also fairly cheap.
    I may have to give it a go.
    What benefits did you get out of it?
    I did not notice any obvious benefits, but I knew my eating history likely had left me deficient. I supplemented to insure levels were raised and I now maintain with seafood.

    I have only had noticeable benefits from two biohacks. The first and most noticeable benefit was when I went low carb, and the second most noticeable benefit has been my recent increase of resistant starch. Unless one has thyroid issues due to iodine deficiency, you might not notice apparent benefits, despite them being numerous.
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    I take Iodoral, which 1 tab = 12.5mg.

    You need to titrate up SLOWLY

    There is no benefit from doing it quickly, but there are LOADS of side effects (bromide detox) that range from rashes to insomnia to irritibality.

    I took 1/4 tab once a week for 2 weeks, then a half a week for 2 weeks. I did feel like pushing it to see what would happen and took 2 halves in a week and bang insomnia and irratibility that day and the next. Weird rushing feelings too.

    I did the lugols skin patch test (not definitive but a good general marker) on day 1 and it lasted 3 hours. Did it last week after a month of supps and it lasted 10 hours.

    My aim is to take 12.5mg a day for a few months, they say after a year you should have sufficent levels and only need to 'top up' with food sources like oysters.

    While there are also no immediately identifiable benefits, when you read about it what iodone does in the body, and know how low you are, you can't not benefit from taking it IMO.
    I heartily reccommend iodone supplementation.

    There is a reallt great thread on here called Iodine I think, several pages of anecdotal info an useful links
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    I just started iodine too, but nowhere near the doses you guys are talking about. RDA (I know, take with a grain of salt) say 150 micrograms, and you guys are in the milligrams?? Is that way overkill, or should I be taking more? Suspect my thyroid could use a little help, and don't get as much seafood as I should. Also nursing, so I read many kelp supplements are contaminated (which contaminant escapes me) with something no good for baby so I avoid it.

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    yes, RDA iodine is WAY uderstated, it was apparently set at the level to prevent goiter, not for optimal function
    and yes unfortunately many ocean sources are contaminted to varying degrees with a plethora of contaminants. real bummer IMO as I woud far prefer to eat ocean foods than take a pill!

    Edited to add : just been informed that both my sister and my mum have stopped taking their thyroid medication recently as a result of taking Iodoral.

    WOOHOO!!!!!
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    Did they simply stop on their own, or were their symptoms alleviated to such an extent that doctors agreed to let them go off, and monitors their reactions? I take a mild natural thyroid pill daily, but also 6.25 (half a 12.5 mg Iodoral pill) several times a week, along with 200 mcg selenium. You have to take selenium to get full benefit from iodine.

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    Badgerfaced, do your sister and mom have hashimoto's?
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    I went to a natural doc and I had a few things out of whack. Thyroid was one. He has me taking 2 Iodoral per day. I only started yesterday so I'll be on the lookout for those side effects!

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