The thyroid gland is placed at the front base of the neck. This gland secretes hormones that have functions in the body and influence metabolism, growth and development, including body temperature as well.
The appropriate function of the thyroid gland depends on iodine and manganese, which are minerals. Iodine is essential for good function of the thyroid and your body in general. Iodine is used by your thyroid gland to help regulate metabolism and development of both your skeleton and brain, among other things.
In this article we offer you a simple and cheap test that can show if your body has enough iodine to normalize thyroid secretions.
Using iodine tincture, paint a postage size stamp on the inside part of your wrist. This test will show there isn’t enough iodine to normalize secretion to the cells if the brown stain fades in 24 hours or less.
How to Do the Test with an Iodine Patch?
You can do this test anytime, but it is recommended to do it in the morning after taking a shower.
You need a tincture of iodine to paint a postage square size stamp on the inside of your wrist. This tincture of iodine can be found in any drugstore or pharmacy. But, make sure you get the original orange colored solution, not the clear one.
Check the time you painted your wrist and watch the coloration of the patch during the next 24 hours.
How to interpret the iodine patch test results:
The greater the need for iodine, the faster the body draws in the iodine. This is how to understand it:
After 24 hours, the patch starts to slightly lighten – NORMAL
In 18-24 hours, the patch disappears, or almost disappears – MILD
In 12-18 hours, the patch disappears, or almost disappears – MODERATE
In 6-12 hours, the patch disappears, or almost disappears – SEVERE
In less than 6 hours, the patch disappears, or almost disappears – VERY SEVERE
Retake the Test
You can check your need for iodine with this test every 1-2 weeks. When the patch does not disappear in 24 hours, adjust your iodine dose.