Iodine is an important element for detoxification, thyroid function and immunity; it is essential for the healthy functioning of the entire hormonal system. This 24-hour urinary iodine loading test establishes what therapeutic dosage is necessary (if indeed one is) by examining the body’s reaction to iodine and bromide. Bromide blocks the utilisation of iodine in the body and is a toxic halide found in fire retardants, soft drinks and pesticides.
This test is able to map how your body absorbs iodine; a system that has sufficient iodine will excrete any extra, so by introducing an iodine sample and testing urine, we are able to determine if you are iodine deficient. Iodine is an essential element to produce thyroid hormones, so balancing the levels of iodine in your body is extremely important. 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.
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, even when it isn’t enough to block iodine absorption, which is why uncovering your toxic load and correcting it is so important!