Can too much Iodine cause hot flashes?

About six weeks ago I decided to use Lugol’s Idodine (2%) solution to help get rid of a little mole (more like a wart) on my leg that was bugging me. I had done extensive reading about Iodine and how well it works to eradicate little skin things, and decided to try it before shlepping off to a dermatologist. I read a lot about supplementing with iodine and the pros and cons and decided, being a vegetarian who eats no seafood, a little extra Iodine probably wouldn’t hurt me. Even though I only use it on my skin, I knew it would be absorbed into my body. It takes longer for the iodine to be absorbed and works almost like a slow-release supplement.

So the good news is that the little mole is disappearing and the Lugol’s really works. But the bad news, I think, is that I’ve probably overdone the Iodine. My body feels as if it is always running hot, much hotter than usual, and I’m having an amazing number of hot flashes in a day, which seems to coincide with the recent addition of the iodine.

Why do I think it’s the iodine? Well, for one thing I’ve been doing so well for months on my clean diet and supplements that I’ve hardly had a flash. Another thing is that too much iodine can make you hypo or hyper thyroid (depends on the person), which in turn effects your endocrine system which is the system that controls hormones.I have no idea if I’ve ever been iodine deficient and had only been using a drop or two a day, but maybe that’s been enough to now build up in my thyroid gland and tip the balance.

Luckily I already take vitamin C and magnesium, which help balance iodine intake, so maybe if I have caused an imbalance it’s not as bad as it could have been. I need to also eat something that is high in selenium to combat the overage of iodine so I’ll be dropping by the store tonight to buy some brazil nuts. One brazil nut a day is all you need to get the full amount of selenium for a day. (Any more than that can actually make you sick as selenium is one of those things that you can get way to much of easily)

I think it’s important to have a discussion about iodine because it is one of the more popular supplements you can take that seemingly helps everything. There’ve been studies that suggest that it keeps breast cancer at bay. Asian women have a low incidence of breast cancer and iodine is one of those variations in diet that’s been examined. But if you think back to all that’s out there about Asian women and breast cancer, soy is the other thing they always point at, and yet many studies warn you off of soy. What’s a person to think?

I think you should read and educate yourself and then listen closely to your body. Mine is telling me to stop the iodine and take stock of what happens to the hot flashes. If they stop, which I am relatively certain they will, then I know I was overdoing it. If I have a sufficient amount of iodine in my system, (it’s stored in the thyroid) my body should excrete the rest pretty quickly. I’ll post an update as soon as I see a difference.

In the meantime I’m hoping that the stupid little mole that started it all just keeps shrinking because the iodine did it’s thing.

So in conclusion, Lugol’s works to get rid of silly little moles, but be careful taking iodine. It might open up a whole new can of worms!

DLB

Edit: November 22, 2013: I continued to have the hot flashes even after stopping the iodine, so I am investigating other things. I am actually writing a new post based on what I’ve found. There is so much crossover with different factors that I’m sure it’s not just one thing. So look for my new post, within the next couple of days, that stresses the importance of a low acid-forming diet as well as eating an anti-histimic diet.

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11 comments on “Can too much Iodine cause hot flashes?
  1. Linda says:

    The same thing happened to me when a friend suggested I needed iodine. I started putting it on my skin and whoah! My body is hot. Matter of fact, right now I have a thermometer in my mouth to check for a fever. I’ve been hot for the past week. I stopped the iodine because I figured it was that, and the hot spells are still going on. However, I’m thinking it was STILL related to the iodine. I was doing nothing different. I think I’ll wait on the iodine until I’m a little less toxic….I’m detoxing right now, and that might be part of it for some reason. Thanks for sharing….

    • It took me a few days before I felt as if the iodine wasn’t impacting my body temperature anymore. I’m still having the hot flashes, but not like I was when I was taking the iodine, so I think it was making me worse.

      Hope you’re back to normal soon. Whatever normal is. In the shifting landscape of hormones, normal seems to change!

  2. J. Lowe says:

    Iodine will help you with your hot flashes. Iodine does not cause hyper- or hypothyroidism. Lack of iodine, on the other hand, does. However, if you take iodine the detoxification of your body may trigger autoimmune diseases. ALWAYS take iodine with selenium. 🙂

    Check out Dr. Brownstein and maybe Joanne Brophy.

    Wishing you all the best of health. x

    • PARIS SIMONE says:

      I’m sorry, I have recently experienced the same thing. I take pills to get rid of hot flashes and they work great. I have incorporated Kelp into my diet for past week and I have been extremely warm and hotflashes have seem to return. Also to J.Lowe, to much intake of iodine DOES cause hypothyroidism. There are some individuals who buy capsules to split the supplements up for a smaller in take and I may do that and take it every 2 days. I do not use idolize salt so I figured I was not getting much of any salt and I had noticed much hair fall, but the amount that I’m getting within my supplements may be to much for me. I’m 26 years of age.

      • 26 is young to be having hot flashes.

        I would not touch kelp with a ten foot pole now. I used to add it to my smoothies for the iodine and minerals but I would burst into awful itching I came to realize. It’s highly allergic for some people.

  3. Libby says:

    well folks, I’m taking selenium and magnesium, though not C. Lately I’ve been having a lot of hot flashes. I’m 70 and had a hysterectomy at age 40. I have RA, fibro, T2d and insulin resistance along with gluten intolerance. I’d been reading about taking Kelp as a “help” for healing inflammations etc. I knew my iron was “off”, a bit low, from a comment my primary had made some time ago. Anyway, sometime in the fall I began taking kelp supplements. I was reading the above and other ‘articles’ on-line and got to thinking that it’s the kelp that perhaps is causing my “flashes”. I’m not taking them for a few days to see if I improve. All this self-advocating stuff is nearly over-whelming!!

  4. Libby says:

    well folks, I’m taking selenium and magnesium, though not C. Lately I’ve been having a lot of hot flashes. I’m 70 and had a hysterectomy at age 40. I have RA, fibro, T2d and insulin resistance along with gluten intolerance. I’d been reading about taking Kelp as a “help” for healing inflammations etc. I knew my iron was “off”, a bit low, from a comment my primary had made some time ago. Anyway, sometime in the fall I began taking kelp supplements. I was reading the above and other ‘articles’ on-line and got to thinking that it’s the kelp that perhaps is causing my “flashes”. I’m not taking them for a few days to see if I improve. All this self-advocating stuff is nearly over-whelming!! I’m also hypothyroid, have been for maybe 10 yrs or so.

  5. Alyssa says:

    That’s odd – when I started taking iodine (Thyadine) I stopped being hot all the time and for the first time was cold all the time! But my energy level went thru the roof. I am a red head and I would love to see if that has any affect. Red heads tend to have thyroid issues. My thyroid always tests just fine but the test is not very accurate if you understand cell activity, etc. Recently I’ve been having other issues – early menopause and I am afraid the iodine has caused it. Otherwise I was so glad to have found the iodine, I felt SO much better and I don’t even burn in the sun anymore!! Anyway – just my 2 cents.

  6. 50y lady says:

    For me (almost 50y), taking extra iodine helped to get RID OF the hot flashes almost totally. I tried it because one friend suggested it. Then after a few months as there were no hot flashes, I kind of forgot the whole thing and the flashes came back. Now again I’ve been taking seaweed tabs (1day amount of idine in 1 tab) again for almost a week and again the hot flashes reduced dramatically but did not totally stop (yet). My guess is it depends on your body’s current iodine level and the status of your thyroid (and thus thyroid hormones). Since I have also been gaining weight, perhaps I’m a bit on the hypo side.
    Found this article to support the thinking: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25211538
    Good luck everybody!

  7. Janice Milne says:

    I was told you need to take selenium. Best way to do that is three or four brazil nuts daily. Need the selenium with the iodine.

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