Simple Iodine Test Determines The State of Your Thyroid In 24 Hours – Try It Yourself

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The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland, normally weighing less than one ounce, and it is located at the front base of the neck. The thyroid secretes hormones that act throughout the body influencing metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature. Its proper function is dependent on two trace minerals: iodine and manganese. Of the two, iodine is the most essential for proper thyroid function and health. This simple and inexpensive test may show if your body has sufficient iodine to normalize thyroid secretions.

With iodine tincture, simply paint a postage size stamp on the inside of your wrist. If the brown stain fades in 24 hours or less, it might indicate that there is not sufficient iodine to normalize thyroid secretion to the cells. Even if you are taking pharmaceutical thyroid medication, lack of iodine will prevent your body from properly utilizing it.

Keep in mind that the test is not proven to be reliable by scientific research, meaning that it might not work every time or it might not work at all for some people. If you experience common symptoms associated with thyroid problems such as fatigue, weight gain, muscle weakness, or joint pain and you’re worried about your thyroid, make an appointment with your medical care provider. It’s not wise to rely on methods that aren’t supported by research to treat or diagnose serious medical conditions. You can do this test for the sake of curiosity, but whatever the result may be, always ask a healthcare professional for advice and guidance.


1. It’s best to do this test in the morning after showering but it is not required. You can start anytime.

2. Use Tincture of Iodine to paint a postage square size stamp on the inside of your wrist.

Note:  Tincture of Iodine is available from any drugstore or pharmacy. Be sure it’s the original orange colored solution and not the clear solution.

3. Write down the time you painted your wrist.

4. Observe the coloration of the patch over the next 24 hours.


As mentioned previously, take your results with a grain of salt and address your concerns with your health care provider. Overall, the faster the body draws in the iodine, the greater the iodine need is likely to be.
1. Patch begins to slightly lighten after 24 hours – NORMAL

2. Patch disappears, or almost disappears in 18-24 hours – MILD

3. Patch disappears, or almost disappears in 12-18 hours – MODERATE

4. Patch disappears, or almost disappears in 6-12 hours – SEVERE

5. Patch disappears, or almost disappears in under 6 hours – VERY SEVERE

The patch may also fade because you accidentally brushed your wrist somewhere during an activity or it may rub onto your sleeve, so your results might not be accurate.

Repeat Testing

You can repeat this test every 1-2 weeks to monitor the need for iodine. When the patch no longer disappears within 24 hours, adjust iodine dose accordingly.

I prefer whole food supplements whenever possible. You may wish to discuss Standard Process or Medi Herb options with your healthcare practitioner.  For reference I have listed the amounts of iodine in the Standard Process and Medi Herb supplements listed below:

 Prolamine Iodine—3mg

 Thyroid Complex (MH)—600mcg

 Iodomere—200mcg

 Trace Minerals B12—145mcg

 Organically Bound Minerals—250mcg

 Min Chex—300mcg

 Min Tran—50mcg

 Cataplex F (tablets)—95mcg

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This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions about your medical condition and/or current medication. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here.

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Elisha McFarlandis the founder of My Health Maven. Elisha turned her debilitating illness from mercury poisoning into a dedicated passion to helping others. My Health Maven website covers a wide range of topics including non-toxic living, health tests at home, healing power of foods, home remedies, food ingredients, dental health and environmental illness. Her goal is “to empower you to achieve health through education."

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