Iodine is important for optimal immune system health. Having an iodine deficiency may lead to development of:
- gut infection
- imbalance of thyroid hormones
- fibrocystic breast disease
- fungal infection
- accumulation of halide toxins like bromide, fluoride, chlorine
- brain fog and problems with concentration
If your physician suspects you have an iodine deficiency, they can check your iodine levels in one of four ways:
1. Urine test.
2. Blood test.
3. Patch test.
4. Iodine Loading test.
1. Urine test: This is the simplest and fastest test, but it’s not as accurate as other iodine tests.
2. Blood test: This is a simple and accurate test. However, it takes more time to read than a urine test.
3. Iodine patch test: For those who are not iodine deficient, the patch fades no sooner than 24 hours. This test is not the most accurate.
4. Iodine loading test: This test measures how much iodine you excrete in your urine over a 24-hour period. It’s quite accurate.
Which one is the most accurate and convenient?
Iodine loading test.