Iodine is a critical mineral for the production of thyroid hormones and if you are deficient in iodine this could be affecting your thyroid health. However, you cannot know whether you are deficient in this mineral without testing. If you are low in iodine, supplementing may improve your thyroid health and with that, your energy, metabolism and hormone balance amongst others. Iodine is also critical in pregnancy for the brain development of the foetus. Read more about how we can help thyroid conditions here
However, if you are already replete or perhaps have been supplementing already and have high iodine, this can actually increase your risk for developing antibodies which attack your thyroid. This is thought to be because with excess iodine, the thyroid is working harder and may be more recognisable to the immune system. Therefore, supplementing with iodine before testing is not recommended.
Who should take this test?
- Anyone concerned about their thyroid health or diagnosed with an under- or over-active thyroid*
- If you are planning a pregnancy
- This test is often run in conjunction with thyroid antibodies or other minerals that are important to your thyroid health
*Please Note: If you are already taking Eltroxin this can elevate your iodine result
How does the test work?
- This test is a urine test. Only a small urine sample is required; the second morning sample is collected.
- The test results will be returned to your nutritionist within 2-3 weeks of receipt of the sample. Test results will be interpreted by your nutritionist and a protocol tailored accordingly.