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Eating fish...can I still have an iodine deficiency?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 11:25 PM

I eat probably 1-3 lbs of fish per week (2-4 cans) in the form of canned mackerel and canned salmon. I've been doing this for the past year.

I have multiple symptoms of hypothyroidism.

I've been reading Iodine supplement reviews on amazon.com for the past day and apparently it's great stuff. I'm confused because I feel like I should have plenty of iodine in my diet with all the fish i eat...could the table salt in the cans, fluoride, chlorine ect. be blocking my iodine absorption or something? Either way the reviews are pretty convincing..

-Thanks

http://www.amazon.com/Lugols-Iodine-Solution-oz-Twin/product-reviews/B001RRH814/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:50 PM

Last thing, TAKE YOUR TEMPERATURE. One of my symptoms was cold hands, especially the fingertips. Always had very warm hands before. As I increase carbs from VLC, and especially calories, I'm monitoring body temp, and it is rising. Lucky because I have a vampire spouse whose blood runs cold as ice water. She's the perfect control, if I can get my body temp back up over hers, I figure I'll really be on to something (references: normal = 98.6, but normal via oral thermometer = 98.2, huge variability in "normal" and time of day - get a people control, someone you live with).

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:27 PM

By the way, I am really glad I didn't get into heavy-duty iodine, with the Lugols/Iosol/Iodoral whatever. Might be something to it, but I'd rather try eating enough first. PH has turned me on the Peat, and I believe his thoughts are that extra iodine could exacerbate the problem. Now that the weight is gone, I'm increasing carbs and calories, trying to get the right balance for training and body weight.

7e6644836cdbcbe2b06307ff7db92d31

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on September 20, 2012
at 01:24 PM

Going through this too. I was caught up in the whole iodine/cruciferous vegetable angle. Went with "light" iodine supplementation, which included kelp tablet basically at RDA, and started adding some dulse. Not every day, and with selenium, varying between supps and Brazil nuts. I believe this was a red herring (get it), and am convinced I was not eating enough calories (lost a ton of weight). Check your daily calories. And if you are VLC, your labs should be low T3, which is asymptomatic with adequate calories and no underlying disease.

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I would assume that there's a half-life on perchlorate in the body, fairly short given it's water-souble and charged, but I don't know. Google probably does. ;)

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:20 AM

and I eat a lot of spinach, kale, and collard greens.

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:18 AM

I eat a lot of potatoes and I did grow up near an air force base.

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on September 19, 2012
at 11:36 PM

Go to a doctor! Supplementing with iodine can actually make some forms of hypothyroidism worse.

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:09 AM

Id say that fish has about 100-200mcgs of iodine per 100 grams, and plus whatever else is in your diet (everything has some iodine), so no. If you have hypothyrodism, you would probably need thyroid hormone, not more iodine. Excess iodine as stated can confuse your thyroid.

See a doctor and describe your symptoms.

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:25 PM

Best source of selenium is lamb kidneys. Also alot of extra nutrients not found in muscle meat, and not too much vitamin a.

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on September 20, 2012
at 05:34 AM

You need selenium in addition to iodine for your thyroid. That said, like others have said, iodine may do more harm than good, depending on the condition of your thyroid. Get a complete thyroid panel: TSH, free T4, free T3 plus all thyroid antibodies.

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on September 20, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Things like excess fluoride can also cause hypothyroid. Excess fluoride can interfere with iodine and cause problems with the thyroid gland. One tale-tale sign of too much fluoride is fluorosis of the teeth.
Fluorosis of the teeth is easy to spot because it shows up as white spots on your teeth. Just something to look into if you suspect problems with your thyroid gland.

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:04 AM

I agree with Aleen; see a doctor if you suspect you have a health issue, particularly one as complex as hypothyroidism.

I'd guess you're iodine sufficient with that level of fish consumption, though sea vegetables are a better source.

Are you consuming too many goiterogens? Some veggies are going to reduce iodine absorption.

Chemically, perchlorate blocks iodine absorption in the thyroid. Some drinking water sources are significantly contaminated with perchlorate Military bases nearby? Perchlorates are often sourced from rocket fuel.

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:18 AM

I eat a lot of potatoes and I did grow up near an air force base.

0b4326a4949718451a8571b82558dc10

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:20 AM

and I eat a lot of spinach, kale, and collard greens.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on September 20, 2012
at 12:48 AM

I would assume that there's a half-life on perchlorate in the body, fairly short given it's water-souble and charged, but I don't know. Google probably does. ;)

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