I'm interested in increasing my iodine intake and see what effects it could have on my skin (and general well-being).
Reasoning being that I still get comedonal acne despite a good diet and it seems to be related to my skin's metabolism being quite poor. I'm wondering if it could be a sign of mild hypothyroidism.
So from now on I'm going to try to get around 5000mcg of iodine a day - the amount (or somewhat less) than an average Japanese person gets. I've been taking kelp caps for a couple of years, but I don't think they've been sufficient (200-400mcg/day). I might switch to something like Iodoral later, but first I'm just going to try having multiple kelp caps per day. I'm not going to add salt as I don't understand why it is necessary. I do use plenty of sea salt in my diet, so hopefully that's good enough.
I've also recently switched to filtered water, which will hopefully decrease the amount of fluoride and chlorine I get. I brush my teeth regularly with a tooth paste that has fluoride though, and have started to wonder if I should switch that to something else… Although I don't think I've heard of non-fluoride tooth paste, hmm.
I'm not sure if I should add selenium or not. I'd like to keep nutritional supplements at the minimum, so I'm hoping eating liver almost on a weekly basis would suffice.
In any case, if I see any changes for the better / worse, will report here! Interesting thread.
So, several weeks ago I began increasing my iodine intake by adding kelp flakes to my food. At the beginning, I did the salt flush thing a few times. 4 or so. Last week I got a bottle of lugols and began taking that. I also started drinking ultra purified water that removes nearly all flouride a couple of days ago. A couple of days ago, I got a pimple on my face with another one forming yesterday. I had one last week on my chin as well. I am going to reduce the amount of iodine and see what happens.
The only changes to my energy I've noticed lately is that I am so ready to go to sleep at night and much earlier. A few times I've been barely able to keep my eyes open at 8:30 pm when I still need to walk the dog.
How has it been going for you, alternavista? Have you been getting more break-outs? I read here
that acne lesions are signs of detoxification symptoms, so I guess it's normal, although getting bad break-outs for months due to iodine sounds a bit weird. I really don't like the sound of that, so hopefully it's not very common.