Anytime you ingest ANYthing that dislodges toxins/poisons & dislodges heavy metals, the kidneys (and liver) can EASILY become overburdened. You are wise to be careful/cautious, and that's pretty much 'an obvious', eh?
If our organs of elimination weren't overburdened in the first place, there wouldn't BE a storehouse of toxins & heavy metals already in our body to be removed or dislodged. The kidneys/liver 'missed 'em' the first time around, because for some reason or another, they were too stressed/overburdened to be able to eliminate them...so now all the junk is lodged in your tissues.
So, if you haven't corrected the problem of the organs/systems of elmination & detoxification becoming overburdened in the first place (through throrough & systematically flushing and cleansing of your digestive tract/colon, kidney, and liver, and skin) AND altered your diet and exposure to chemical & metal poisons...if you take a product that is known to dislodge major amounts of toxins and they go into the bloodstream, you would be extremely wise to provide some type of daily support to your kidneys & liver.
Drinking plenty of water is a start, but it's my opinion that's it far from enough (liver/kidney flushing, supporting liver/kidney herbs, juice fasting, coffee enemas, hot/cold compresses, castor oil packs, etc). Personally, I've done all these things for years (the cleanses), and now my diet is as clean/organic/good as virtually anyone I've ever heard of...but after a month on Lugol's, my kidneys AND liver became sensitive, then achey, then painful (not harshly painful, but similar to the pain one feels the day after a strenuous workout, when you haven't worked out for a long time). I have NEVER in my LIFE actually known exactly where my kidneys are located, because I'd never 'felt' them before.
So, YES, if you're feeling kidney sensitivity after one day on iodine, I would suggest you immediately look into kidney supporting herbs and cleansing/flushing.
And, so no, Iodine does not help to 'flush' the kidneys, it gives them MUCH more to do than they're already doing.
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