What markers are tested?
Iodine and bromide are both halides that affect thyroid function.
Iodine is an essential element for detoxification, thyroid function, cellular health, immunity and for the healthy functioning of the entire hormonal system. Iodine is one of the most potent antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial elements in our diet. 96% of Australians are iodine deficient, leading to a multitude of health problems. Iodine deficiency is the main cause of goitre (enlarged thyroid gland) and thyroid malfunction. Iodine deficiency can also cause oxidative stress and DNA alterations in the thyroid gland.
The correct dose is the key to thyroid health, so testing for iodine is essential for you to know what dose to take for your body and ultimately get the results.
Bromide is a highly dangerous and toxic halide that blocks the use of iodine at a cellular level. It is found in fire retardants, some soft drinks and pesticides. Studies have found that 100% of humans have some level of bromide toxicity. It is impossible to avoid but with adequate iodine levels you can happily detox this toxic halide!
The 24-hour urinary iodine loading test establishes what therapeutic dosage of iodine is necessary (if one is needed) by examining the body’s reaction to iodine and bromide.
Why do you need it?
This test is able to map how your body absorbs iodine.
How to do the test.
You take the dose of iodine provided in your test kit and subsequently collect your urine for 24 hours in the collection container provided. The lab then assesses how much of the iodine you took was excreted. We are then able to assess how much, or the percentage, you absorbed. If you excreted more than 90% of the iodine taken, it shows us that your body doesn’t need iodine as it didn’t really need to absorb any. However, if you excreted under 90% ,it shows us how deficient you are and gives us a clear indication of how much iodine we need to prescribe for you.
Why does The Lucy Rose Clinic run this profile?
Balancing out your body’s iodine levels is important for regulating thyroid hormone production. We do this by measuring your iodine deficiency and correcting through supplementation of iodine and by flushing your system of bromide.
Even a minor level of bromide toxicity will contribute to symptoms and continue to affect your metabolic function, which is why uncovering your toxic load and correcting it is so important!