Iodine provides one of the building blocks for key thyroid hormones necessary for proper metabolic function. Iodine deficiency can lead to health problems, such as hypothyroidism. But… how can you tell if you’re iodine deficient? Is there a quick way? Yes. In an effort to identify iodine deficiency, the Iodine Patch Test offers a simple, home test that anyone can perform. The test simply measures how quickly the body absorbs iodine through the skin.
This Iodine Patch Test consists of three simple steps:
- You need a solution or tincture of iodine (make sure it is the orange solution, not the clear one) You can use Detoxadine.
- Paint a 3 inch by 3 inch square, ideally on the abdomen, inner thigh or the inner portion of the forearm. Do this before bed but make sure it dries before tucking yourself in (you don’t want a mess).
- When you wake in the morning, and really over the next 24 hours after application, check the color of the patch.