Iodine is an essential element for the normal functioning of the thyroid gland. Any deficiency in iodine may lead to hypothyroidism, goiter, and their associated symptoms. Without iodine, the thyroid is unable to produce the thyroid hormones T3 and T4, which are crucial for all cellular processes. If you’re having symptoms of slow cognition, physical fatigue, and/or hair loss, you might want to consider getting your iodine levels tested. It has also been shown that iodine deficiency is 6 times more common in women than in men, so make sure you keep track on your mineral level.
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How to take GetTested’s iodine test
When the body has sufficient levels of iodine, the excess is excreted through the urine – about 90% of the iodine we ingest is usually excreted. By measuring the amount of iodine per gram of creatinine in urine, you get an answer as to whether you have a possible deficiency.
The test is a urine test and you collect the sample material yourself at home. After you have placed your order, we will send you a test kit with everything you need to be able to take your sample. The sample is then sent to our lab for analysis and you will receive your result digitally after the lab has analyzed your sample.
Iodine is extremely important for the thyroid gland and necessary to be able to convert tyrosine (amino acid) to the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Furthermore, iodine is needed for all the body’s cells, for the production of all the body’s hormones, for the muscles and the brain. WHO says iodine deficiency can cause brain damage and affect the mental health of the fetus or baby. Iodine deficiency is 6 times more common in women than in men.
Iodine is an important component of the thyroid hormone (thyroid hormone) that controls our metabolism and thus affects our health and well-being. Too much of the thyroid hormone increases metabolism, which leads to weight loss and elevated body temperature. Excessive doses can cause overproduction (hyperthyroidism) and can lead to toxic goiter. Too little of the hormone (hypothyroidism) has a negative effect on metabolism, which leads to weight gain, freezing and elevated blood fats. It is important to be aware of whether you are at risk of suffering from a deficiency in order to avoid problematic health effects. Feel free to take the help of our blood test to find out your levels of iodine.
Iodine as a supplement
Iodine as a supplement is used for fatigue, breast lumps, ovarian and genital cysts, prevention of goiter and infections.
Iodine deficiency is either due to too low levels of iodine or a deficiency of thyroid hormone which causes the thyroid gland to have problems producing sufficient amounts of the hormone. Women, pregnant women, nursing mothers and people who eat a lot of ready-made food or eat a low-salt diet are mainly affected. The consequence is then so-called hypothyroidism, which is a sub-function of the thyroid gland. Hypothyroidism means that the thyroid gland produces too little of the hormone thyroxine (T4) and causes the thyroid gland to enlarge (form of goiter). The thyroid gland under the chin then grows in a desperate attempt to increase the capacity to increase the production of thyroid hormone. In addition to weight gain, you can suffer from:
- Elevated blood fats
- Low body temperature
- Low combustion
Symptoms of iodine deficiency are fatigue, chills, depression, weight gain, dry skin and hair loss. These symptoms may appear without any disease being diagnosed. Iodine deficiency and impaired thyroid function manifest themselves in the same way. Susceptibility to infection, poor circulation, cold hands and feet, PMS, constipation, muscle cramps and muscle weakness can be additional symptoms of deficiency. In children, iodine deficiency can lead to stunted growth and mental development. Taking iodine supplements without knowing for sure that you have an iodine deficiency can be harmful to the body and instead lead to the reverse condition, overproduction of the thyroid hormone, which in the worst case can lead to toxic goiter.
Iodine deficiency always manifests itself as a deficiency of thyroid hormone, but a deficiency of thyroid hormone does not necessarily mean a deficiency of iodine.
Sources of Iodine
Sources of Iodine are seafood. In Sweden, iodine has also been added to salt, which is sold in grocery stores and to restaurants, to prevent iodine deficiency. However, iodine-free salt has better baking properties than iodine-enriched salt, which means that whole and semi-finished products often have low levels of iodine. If you know that you eat a lot of whole and semi-finished products, it can therefore be a good idea to think about your other iodine intakes and also take blood samples to review your iodine levels.
Obesity or depression with no connection to the thyroid gland?
The thyroid gland directly affects the metabolism and our mental well-being. However, there are other factors that may come into play. More and more studies are now showing the connection between which bacteria we have in our intestinal flora and our weight. For those of you who want to know more about this, you should take a test that looks into your gut health and for those of you who suffer from depression, we can also recommend that you measure your Serotonin. Serotonin is also measured in urine, just like iodine.
How to take the test?
You do the test at home by collecting a sample of your urine. The urine should be collected right after you wake up in the morning. Please note that you should not drink more than 1 liter of water the night before. Also please note that you should not do the test if you are menstruating.
You should collect a midstream urine sample. That means that the first drops should not be collected. 60 ml of urine is required to fill the container. Your test is then sent to our lab for analysis, and you will receive your results digitally as soon as the analysis is complete.
- Make a purchase on the website. Order a test at our website and complete the transaction. We accept VISA, Mastercard and AMEX. The transaction is handled quickly and securely through our payment provider.
- A test kit will be sent to your specified address. When an order is made, we send you a test kit, including instructions. We also include a prepaid envelope that you use to send the test to our lab. We highly recommend sending the test on a Monday or Tuesday.
- Do the test according to the instructions (can be found on this website and in the test kit) If you have any questions regarding the testing procedure, please contact our support team.
- Send your completed test to the lab and wait for the results Send your test kit to our ISO certified lab. You will receive your test results within 15 business days.
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