To find out if you suffer from a thyroid gland disorder, this is a test you can apply at home, which is homemade iodine patch. To learn how, follow the guide!
The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped gland located at the base of the neck (just below the Adam’s apple) and weighing just less than 30 grams. The thyroid plays a vital role in the body: it regulates mood, metabolism, body temperature, weight and sex life (libido) because it produces hormones (T3 and T4) that influence the functioning of all organs. Iodine is an essential element, which produces thyroid hormones. The cells in the gland absorb iodine and convert it into hormones, which are then redistributed in the bloodstream. For the optimal function of the organs, a good dosage of thyroid hormones is essential.
A homemade test to check your thyroid gland function
Iodine and magnesium are minerals essential for good health, ensuring optimal functioning of the body. To verify that your organism has enough iodine to allow the thyroid gland to function well, create this homemade patch.
How to proceed?
Apply on your wrist a little tincture of iodine by making a patch the size stamp (preferably after taking the shower). The color of your skin will then become darker. Watch the evolution of this color during the next 24 hours. If it disappears very quickly, it means that you are suffering from iodine deficiency that does not allow normal functioning of the thyroid gland. If you are already taking medication for your thyroid and you do this test, the results can determine progress of healing process.
How to interpret the iodine test results?
Note that the iodine is available in most pharmacies. It is an antiseptic that contains iodine and is especially used as a disinfectant. For this test, use iodine tincture with orange color (not clear).
After applying the patch on the inside of your wrist, follow the color changes over the next 24 hours.
Interpretation of the test results:
The faster your body absorbs iodine, the greater is your deficiency, indicating a disruption of the thyroid gland function:
If the color of the patch begins to fade after 24 hours: NORMAL, your thyroid is working properly.
The color of the patch disappears after 18 to 24 hours: LOW IODINE DEFICIENCY.
The color of the patch disappears after 12 to 18 hours: MODERATE IODINE DEFICIENCY.
The color of the patch disappears after 6 to 12 hours: SEVERE IODINE DEFICIENCY.
The color of the patch disappears in less than 6 hours: VERY SEVERE IODINE DEFICIENCY.
Repeat the test to verify whether the results are the same as previous test
Of course, if the test results are not good, check your thyroid with your doctor, which will accurately determine your condition and tell you a proper diet to alleviate your iodine deficiency and regulate your thyroid.
There are many natural alternatives (herbal treatment) for regulation of the thyroid function:
- zinc supplements (oysters, cocoa, etc.)
- Iodine (fish, fruit, sea, seaweed, etc.)
- L-tyrosine (almonds, avocados, beans, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
Take advice from a nutritionist to taking dietary supplements. Generally, they recommend Hedera Helix TM (phototherapy), which stimulates thyroid hormone production. Other recommended supplements are: manganese, copper and iodine (alternating).
What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism?
- unexplained weight gain
- difficulty in losing weight
- feeling cold
- chronic fatigue (even when your sleep is normal)
- permanent exhaustion sensation
- difficulty to wake up in the morning
- hair loss
- fragile and brittle nails
- frequent changes of mood, irritability
- lack of concentration and memory loss
- weak immune system
- depression and anxiety
- irregular heartbeat
- itching of the joints (hands and feet)
- irregular menstrual cycle