Lose Weight: Use Lugol’s Iodine to Strengthen the Thyroid Gland and Drop Pounds EASILY.
DISCLAIMER: Always consult a doctor before undergoing treatment of any kind.
I tell everyone about iodine. That’s right. Iodine. But not the iodine that you buy at the pharmacy. I tell people about Lugol’s Iodine and Iodoral. These are two products that contain both potassium iodide and molecular iodine. The thyroid gland and reproductive organs each require slightly different configurations of iodine to be healthy which is why you can’t just go buy some Betadine and expect to see weight loss results.
Most of the time, when I talk about iodine with people, I’m telling them about how it made my fibrocystic breast issues disappear. And how it helped save my husband’s life after he developed cancer. I talk about Lugol’s iodine every time I give a talk about cancer because almost everyone in the U.S. is low on iodine. I can say this with confidence because Americans were deficient in iodine back in the early 1900’s when doctors prescribed Lugol’s iodine as a medicine that could cure a variety of diseases that were caused by a lack of it. Back in those days, some intelligent people decided to fortify bread products with iodine because bread was a good carrier for iodine and it made the population of American people healthier overall. But in the 1980’s, some different, less intelligent people decided to remove iodine as a fortifier in bread and replace it with…bromine.
If you’re American and you’re reading this article because you want to lose weight, you must learn more about bromine. Bromine is in the same chemical family as iodine and it competes with iodine in the body. What this means is that if you’re already deficient in iodine (most Americans are) due to low iodine content in soils and then you are exposed to bromine, you will likely experience uncontrolled weight gain along with a WIDE variety of other health issues.
You might be surprised when I tell you where you’re being exposed to bromine. This substance is outlawed in many countries because of the weight gain and health problems that it creates, but in many of these other countries, the healthcare system is at least partially subsidized. What this means is that the government has to pay for some of those health issues. So it’s profitable for those governments to outlaw substances like bromine that cause the population to become sicker overall. On the other hand, the U.S. is the only developed nation in the world with a 100% capitalistic healthcare system (at the time of this writing). As a result, the government is more likely to make laws about health that serve corporate interests. Essentially, bromine makes the population sicker and fatter in the U.S. and this equates to nothing but profits as far as the healthcare industry is concerned.
So where might you be exposed to bromine?
- It is a component of certain pesticides. As such, it is in the air and sprayed on fruits and vegetables at the grocery store.
- It is currently put into swimming pools in place of chlorine because bromine doesn’t “sting the eyes” as much as chlorine.
- Bromine is added to the water supply in some areas in place of chlorine dioxide as a water purification agent.
- It is used as bromated vegetable oil (BVA) in citrus soft drinks like Gatorade and Mountain Dew as an emulsifying agent that gives these drinks a cloudy appearance.
- It is in commercial bread products. Many flours are bromated as part of processing. And bromine is used to make bread products softer.
- Bromine is sprayed on children’s pajamas as well as other clothing materials as a fire retardant.
- Bromine is sprayed on furnishings as a fire retardant.
- Bromine is used in fire extinguishers to put out fires.
One of the only ways to protect yourself from the onslaught of bromine is to take daily iodine supplements in the form of Lugol’s Iodine or Iodoral. I live in Mexico and I take Iodoral 50 mg daily. Initially, when I started taking iodine though, I used Lugol’s 2% and I put liquid drops either on my wrist or in drinking water. I started with 3 or 4 drops per day and worked up to 20.
If you’ve been struggling with weight gain or obesity and you start taking iodine supplements for weight loss, you’ll likely experience some detoxification reactions as the bromine is pushed out of the thyroid gland and reproductive organs and iodine moves back into place where it belongs. The main one is the Bromoderma Rash. Many people apply Lugol’s iodine to their wrists and then see a rash pop up. Or they take Iodoral and they get a full-body rash. This is NOT an allergic reaction, but rather bromine being released from storage in your glands into the bloodstream. The rash will go away throughout the day and over time, you’ll stop getting rashes when bromine is no longer being stored in your body.
In this compelling article about iodine supplementation for the treatment of breast cancer, I talk a little more about the types of detox symptoms you might experience when you first start taking iodine for weight loss. These include:
- Eyelid twitching
- Foot twitching
- Disturbance of color perception
- Mood issues such as anxiety or mood swings
- Depression (e.g. “there is no reason to get out of bed”)
- Dark thoughts (e.g. “there is no reason to live”)
- Tingling in the extremities
- Skin “cuts”
- Dry mouth
- Mouth and tongue sores and cuts, a sore mouth
- Metallic taste in the mouth
- Body odor
- Odd swallowing sensation (“swollen glottis”)
- Bromide acne (the use of zinc can help counteract bromide acne)
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Leg and hip ache that resembles arthritis
- Sinus pain
- Rash (bromoderma)
- Runny nose
- Cherry angiomas
- Urethral spasm and frequent urination (can be mistaken for a UTI (Urinary Tract Infection))
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Unusual urine odor or color
- Vision changes
- Increased salivation
- Impaired memory/concentration
- Dream changes
- Kidney pain
- Breast tenderness (this transient symptom typically resolves quickly)
- Hormone changes
Being exposed to bromine gives makes me “feel fat”. I know that may sound strange or even hard to believe, but when I’m in a place where there’s bromine in the water supply, I feel my metabolism slow down. Getting iodine back into the body in high enough doses can help your thyroid gland produce the hormones necessary to raise your metabolism so that you can lose weight. Of course, it’s important that you stop exposing yourself directly to bromine whenever possible. Don’t drink those soft drinks or eat breads that contain bromine, for example. But taking iodine supplements can be life-changing in terms of weight loss.
Women who experience breast swelling and hardening during periods (or all the time, in the form of fibrocystic breast disease) are likely to find that this problem goes away quickly with proper supplementation with Lugol’s 2% or Iodoral. In fact, menstruation issues and even fertility issues may be resolved along with weight loss after you start taking this supplement.
Of course, changing your diet so that you avoid trans fats is also essential for weight loss. And if you have a tendency toward addictive eating, you might consider taking Mucuna pruriens to combat some of those behaviors. Many people who are struggling to lose weight are actually battling an addiction to sugar or to addictive ingredients in highly processed foods. I had a friend who ate a whole bag of hard candies every day just to keep herself “level”, but she broke this addiction within days of starting to take Mucuna pruriens. If you think you have an addiction to sugar or to any kind of food, read this article about sugar addiction to learn more about how to use Mucuna and other supplements to do an at-home protocol that will help you easily kick your addiction.
Losing weight starts with a healthy diet, of course, but if your thyroid gland and your reproductive hormones aren’t functioning properly, your diet won’t help as much as it should. When we moved to Mexico and I learned about Iodoral and Lugol’s, I lost 10 pounds without trying. In fact, I’d been jogging 40 to 50 miles every week with my husband, and I suddenly just felt like I didn’t need to do that anymore. I didn’t “feel fat” anymore. Still, the weight dropped off. And this can happen to you too.
Lugol’s is more affordable than Iodoral, but both are worth it in terms of overall savings in terms of healthcare. In addition to helping you lose weight, this is a mineral that will easily save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars a year in unnecessary doctor visits. Having adequate levels of iodine will protect you from breast cancer, cervical cancer, and prostate cancer. And your general health will just be better.
If you decide to take Iodoral instead of using the Lugol’s liquid, use the smaller 12.5 mg dose at first for 1-2 months and then start taking the 50 mg dose after you’ve had some time to detoxify.
Here is the Iodoral 12.5 mg product. Take 1 pill per day.:
Here is the Iodoral 50 mg product. Take 1 pill per day.:
Below are additional articles about iodine and how iodine deficiency affects your health: