Why I Started Taking Iodine As A Supplement And I Have Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis


I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis back in 2007. Even though taking iodine is forbidden with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, I took the decision to have it as a supplement.

I had serious symptoms of iodine deficit, I will just note mine, and you can make a research for all of them by yourself – dry skin, especially on the elbows it felt like sandpaper. All my life I’ve experienced breast pain, just like a teenager, and right before my period it would get really painful. I knew that when my breast started to hurt really badly, I had 7 days to my next period; they were like a calendar for me.

I had thousands of cherry angiomas on my left leg, which is a symptom for an excess of bromine, which can happen if you have iodine deficit, as the iodine clears out the bromine from the body. I have one huge cherry angioma on my shank, which slowly grows bigger with the years passing.


I used to avoid iodine and foods that are rich in iodine since 2007, right when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and the endocrinologist told me just one thing and that was to avoid iodine at any cost!

Before I started taking iodine as a supplement, I did some research for a couple of months and I learned that iodine can be harmful regarding the Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

I read everywhere that it’s advisory to start with at least 3-4 weeks of taking selenium before taking iodine. I took selenium for 2 months before starting with iodine, I decided to take things one step at a time and with baby doses.

After 2 months of taking selenium 100 mcg per day (I now have 200 mcg), I started taking iodine under the form of kelp, which is equal to 75 mcg, which is a baby dose of iodine. I bite off the kelp tablet, which is 150 mcg each. In the beginning, I cut them with a knife, but then I started biting them to save time, they taste like seaweeds.

After 1 month, I increased the dose to 150 mcg iodine, which is a whole tablet.

After 2 months of taking iodine, I noticed that:
– I didn’t have any breast pain, not even before periods

– For the first time in my life, my elbows weren’t white as sandpaper, but they were soft!!! I’ve always had dry elbows; the skin was very harsh, white and peeling. Even if I put lotions, it wouldn’t be absorbed and would stay the same. And now, without rubbing anything on them, they are soft. Miracle!!!

– I had less cherry angiomas on my legs. By saying less, I don’t know how many exactly, as they were hundreds, even thousands, and I can’t really count them all, but they have decreased more than the half.

– I could go out without having to put creams on my face and hands. I always put some cream on! Otherwise, I would feel my skin very tight and the skin on my hands would be peeling. I noticed I was skipping the cream from time to time which was new for me.

– I would feel better as a whole

– I had more strength and endurance while working out

I had solid evidence that iodine is good for me at this time.

I don’t know how it would be in the future, but I need it now.

I am not a doctor so don’t take anything written from me as a suggestion to take iodine as a supplement.

I have a Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with a hypo function of my thyroid gland. The iodine makes the thyroiditis gland to work more.

The iodine is counter-evident to hyper function of the thyroid gland, to Graves’ disease, if you have thyroid nodule. There are other conditions that it’s not advisory to take iodine.

Make a research for yourself and take informed decision whether you should take iodine.

I take iodine as a supplement on my own responsibility, my endocrinologists don’t allow me.


  1. Jhuma Mitra 8 November, 2016 at 17:00 Reply

    I am 32 year old and have been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis with lot of pain and stiffness. I have been following your workout plans since 2012, after my delivery in 2011. However, I have been diagnosed with arthritis early this year. I also have been experiencing tiredness and certain other symptoms of the autoimmune disease. I am 65 kilos and am finding difficult loosing weight despite maintaining strict diet regime and exercises that includes strengthening and cardio. Please suggest.

  2. Eldar 10 September, 2019 at 07:38 Reply

    It says “I had thousands of cherry angiomas on my left leg, which is a symptom for bromine deficit, which can happen if you have iodine deficit”. This is wrong. Your symptoms are signs of an excess of bromine, which is due to a deficit in iodine.

    When you ingest or absorb bromine, it displaces iodine, and this iodine deficiency leads to an increased risk for cancer of the breast, thyroid gland, ovary and prostate.

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