Today I'd like to explain how to perform the iodine patch test. Iodine is important for the proper function of your thyroid, and every cell in your body. Without it, your body won't produce enough thyroxin, which is a hormone that balances your metabolism. So how do you know if your iodine deficient? One method is to perform the simple iodine patch test. First, you need to acquire a solution or tincture of iodine. Make sure the solution is colored orange and not clear. Detoxadine will work for this test just fine. Second, paint a 3×3 inch square with the iodine on preferably your abdomen, inner thigh, or the inner portion of your forearm, or upper arm. Do this in the morning and allow it to dry. Throughout the day, check the color of the patch. If it's still there after 12 hours, then your results are normal.
If the patch disappears, than it may indicate that your body in some way is deficient. Be sure to use an iodine solution that is meant to be applicable to the skin. Also remember that as a home test, this is not something you can make a guaranteed diagnosis from. However, many recent studies have shown that the fast absorption of iodine from the body may reflect deficiency or adequacy of iodine. I recommend a more intense diagnosis through a natural health practitioner, through an iodine loading test, or blood work.
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