Iodine and sleep

A while ago I talked about the role of the pineal gland in releasing melatonin and how you should take care of it well, because as you know a disrupted melatonin output stemming from an unhealthy pineal gland can result in insomnia or at best (if you take sleep pills), unrefreshing sleep. Well, here’s an update, adding on to what I did for myself to try to reverse the damage to my pineal gland caused by years of fluoride, stress, and toxins in my food and drink!

I’ve been taking Lugol’s iodine for more than half a year now. The dosage I’m taking is an iodine solution of 5% added to distilled water and potassium iodide, making up 85% and 10% respectively. You can also get iodine supplement tablets (ie Iodorol), which is less concentrated than the liquid form, but more convenient, I guess.

So for about 5 times a week in the morning, I drip one drop of iodine in a glass of distilled water (about 250 ml) and drink it. In addition to supplying iodine (which is highly deficient in today’s food except for kelp), iodine also cleanses the water by killing germs/bacteria, and is also recommended by some as being able to neutralize radiation.

lugols-iodineAs long as you just use one drop and not take it every single day, there is no likelihood of an iodine overdose. On the contrary, iodine deficiency is quite common worldwide, due to poor soil and poor food processing methods. Unless you consume a lot of seafood, I doubt you are getting enough of it everyday.

Also, an iodine supplement helps your thyroid to function better. In fact, one of the symptoms of hypothyroidism (or sluggish thyroid) is insomnia.

OK, I need to elaborate more on the connection between iodine and sleep. How does iodine fit into this? Well, iodine also neutralizes fluoride and other heavy metals that accumulate in the pineal gland. The build up of fluoride calcifies or solidifies the pineal gland, rendering it less able to do its job. I think it’s one of the reasons why the rate of insomnia is high in industrialized countries – Could the fluoride in the drinking water be slowly poisoning the population indirectly while iodine deficiency levels are increasing?

In less developed countries, you will notice that insomnia tends to be less of a problem for most of the people there. Anyway, this is just one of my theories about the high sleepless rate being faced by people worldwide. I have no doubt though, that in order to sleep better, we mustn’t ignore the pineal gland.

3 Responses to “Iodine and sleep”

  1. After starting supplementation with Lugol’s 5% very recently, my lung condition improved dramatically (COPD) requiring less albuterol and less oxygen. It appears I will be getting off the oxygen permanently. Perhaps more important, the fatigue I was experiencing was so severe that I was hospitalized.

    What I don’t know is how much Lugol’s to take. I am a small slender woman, 5’3″ and 120 lbs. I would much appreciate your suggestion concerning dosage. Thank you.

  2. Hi Anita,
    The Lugol’s bottle should come with a dropper, and the most common dose is one drop per day or every other day, mixed in with drinking water of course. One drop contains a lot of iodine already, even if you are using the 5% one.

  3. Anita, join the Iodine Group at Yahoo groups for a complete protocol for iodine. I take 50mg of iodine a day or about 20 drops of Lugols 2 percent.