Iodine Supplements May Not Help Thyroid Problems When pH Is Out of Balance

Volume 6    |    Issue 91

A major cause of low thyroid function is an iodine deficiency. However, many people who supplement with iodine find that it doesn’t work. The reason could be the body’s pH.

One of the problems with blood tests is that they have a range of "normal" — but your body may not fit into that normal pattern. So a normal test may actually be low for you. This means your thyroid isn't functioning optimally, even though you're in the normal range. But this isn't the only problem you may encounter when trying to fix your thyroid.

A major cause of low thyroid function is an iodine deficiency. This is very common and anyone with the above symptoms has probably heard this. So you may have taken iodine only to be disappointed that it didn't work. Well, there's a good reason it didn't work.

What most people don't realize is that your body's pH level affects your ability to absorb and assimilate minerals. Minerals on the lower end of the atomic scale have a much wider range of pH in which your body can use them. Minerals on the higher end of the atomic scale have a much narrower range of assimilation. The higher the number, the narrower the range.

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That means minerals like sodium and magnesium, which are low on the atomic scale (11 and 12, respectively), have a very wide pH range. So your body can use them regardless of your pH (unless you're pH level is extreme). Potassium and calcium are a little higher on the scale (19 and 20, respectively), so your pH has to be in fairly good shape to use these minerals. Your pH range has to be in better shape to use manganese and iron (25 and 26, respectively), and still even better for copper and zinc (29 and 30, respectively).

Have you noticed I haven't mentioned iodine yet? That's because iodine is even higher on the atomic scale. In fact, at 53, it's quite a bit higher. That means your pH has to be near perfect for your body to use it. If you're the slightest bit acidic or alkaline, your body can't assimilate the iodine you're taking. As a result, your thyroid won't function optimally. You can take iodine supplements and you'll be wasting your money. They won't work if your pH is off.

Your body can have a pH anywhere between 0 and 14. A perfectly neutral pH is 7.0. If you're above 7.0, you're alkaline. If you're below 7.0, you're acidic. Most people in the U.S. are acidic, though not everyone. I'm seeing a lot of people lately who are more alkaline. The healthiest body is just slightly alkaline at about 7.4.

So if you have the symptoms I listed earlier and iodine hasn't worked for you, talk to a doctor or naturopath who can test your pH. Ask them for help in balancing your pH so you can fix your thyroid. Once your pH is normal, you may see your symptoms disappear, as your body will be pulling iodine from your diet better. If not, try taking the iodine supplement again. You may see your symptoms disappear quickly.


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