Quick back story.
I’ve always had problems with fatigue and just being weak in general. I was always physically unbelievably weak compared to my peers, as well as having low motivation and such. I also did a lot of swimming in chlorinated pools as a child for years and for many hours at a time, also took long 30 minute showers with very hot water. The water in my country is fluoridated, so I’ve been consuming tons of fluoride both transdermally and orally over the years before I moved country. I also had a serious soda addiction for like 15 years, giving up when I was around 22 years old (I’m 25 now) and soda contains a ton of bromide in the form of brominated vegetable oils. I’ve also basically had no iodine in my diet at all. Never ate iodised salt, always sea salt. I also never eat fish really.
I’ve had a thyroid test done before but all they did was TSH and it came back at 1.5 which they said was totally normal. I had a testosterone test and came back at 110 ng/dl, which of course is severely deficient. So I decided to make some lifestyle changes, I started working out, losing weight, eating better and taking supplements like magnesium, zinc, a strong Vitamin B complex, 5000 IU Vitamin D (have been tested since and am at optimal range according to Vitamin D council). The next testosterone test I did, I was at 393 ng/dl. It was a huge improvement of course but I still felt it was insanely hard to get any progress in terms of gains and people who never worked out and were clearly not that fit were still brutally stronger than me and had more endurance. So I still felt like something was wrong. So naturally when I came across the thyroid sticky about iodine deficiency, I was intrigued.
I loaded up on selenium (300 mcg) daily for a week, had already been taking magnesium (400mg) and vitamin C (1000mg) daily for a while and then I started an IR routine. I started just about 2 weeks ago and am basically almost finished. I ramped up quickly, from 12.5mg the first day to 25mg the next two days to 50mg from then onwards. I have to say, even from day 1 with 12.5mg I felt better than I can ever recall feeling. I had immense levels of energy, confidence that I’d never felt before, higher libido, all the works. I felt more emotion than ever, it was a stunning difference, I swear even my voice seems deeper, felt like a new man. Two weeks or so in and I feel the same effects really.
So anyway, one week in I got kinda paranoid about the whole hashimotos/graves possibly being triggered by iodine supplementation from reading about it online and about the vast disagreement and controversy within the scientific community about this whole thing right now. So I got a full thyroid panel done and the results are as follows:
Thyroxine (T4): 81 nmol/L
TSH: 4.13 mIU/L
Free Thyroxine (T4): 14.80 pmol/l
Free Triiodothyronine (T3): 4.00 pmol/L
TGAB: 9.90 IU/mL
TPEX: 10.60 IU/ml
I would be interested to hear what you guys think of these results one week into iodine supplementation. I’m going to get another thyroid panel done next week after I finish supplementation and also I’ll do another testosterone test soon to see if it had any effect.