Iodine when there's nothing wrong
I’ve been having IBS-type symptoms for the last couple of years. About two months ago I was recommended a diet that’s essentially an anti-candida diet with supplements. I did most of the recommendations at the time, and after feeling terrible for a couple of days, it got much better, and I’ve felt better than I had for years (less joint stiffness, less food cravings, more energy etc).
One of the recommendations I didn’t do from the beginning (the list of things to do/take was too long to do them all at once) was to optimise my Iodine
A week ago I started taking 12.5mg tablets, and unfortunately no salt loading or the other recommended supplements.
Day 4, sore throat. By day 5, sore throat was excruciating and I felt a deep depression and brain fog. I stopped the iodine, did salt loading twice a day and took Selenium, B2 and Niacin.
Day 6 I felt even worse. But day 7 much better.
Today is day 8. I can still feel my throat a little, and my brain is definitely still a bit foggy, but I'm out of the depression. Getting out of bed this morning was still difficult. Also looking back, I can see that I’ve been moodier for most of the last week than I normally would have been.
Please forgive the long introduction. My question is this. Do I start again? I’m a man in my 30s, feeling quite healthy especially since changing my diet recently. Do I need to supplement Iodine
at all? How likely am I to be deficient?
I feel hesitant about going back on the Iodine, and especially increasing the dose as recommended, considering how it’s affected me the last week. Will salt-loading and the supplements I’m taking (above) mean I shouldn’t get the side effects from now on? My biggest concern is the mood changes/depression-type symptoms.
Obviously I want to be in the best possible health for the future, but since I’m not really ‘suffering’ from anything as far as I know, I’m not sure whether I should be doing the Iodine
protocol at all. Also seen a few messages here about people damaging themselves with Iodine supplementation, which makes me a little more hesitant.
What do you think? What would you do?
Thank you for your concern.