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6 Reasons to Stock Up on Seaweed

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If you still think of seaweed as the cumbersome mess you had to wade through during your childhood trip to the ocean, it’s time to create new memories and add some seaweed to your plate. Long used for a variety of medicinal purposes, sea vegetables have up to 20 times more minerals than land vegetables, making them a rich source of calcium, iodine, protein, iron, vitamin A, and fluorine. In fact, certain seaweeds contains ten times more calcium than milk and 8 times more iron than beef.

Because seaweed is a cooling vegetable, it’s known to have grounding and energizing properties, leading to an increase in vitality, longevity, and healing in the body. Seaweed helps lubricate the body, leading the smoother function of the lung, intestines, heart, and digestive system.

One of the major health benefits of adding seaweed to you diet is the high concentration of iodine. Iodine is a central component of the thyroid, and the thyroid is responsible for metabolic, endocrine, and thermal function in the body. Mild iodine deficiency results in fatigue, depression, and difficulty losing weight, whereas healthy iodine levels in the body help regulate hormones and prevent serious medical conditions.

In addition to the thyroid-related benefits of adding this to your grocery cart, here are 6 reasons to stock up on seaweed:

  1. Alleviates inflammation and swelling
  2. Excellent for digestive healthbrown-seaweed
  3. Naturally detoxifies the body
  4. Helps control appetite
  5. Helps regulate hormones
  6. Improves heart health and lowers blood pressure

 

The Most Common Types of Seaweed are:

  • Nori
  • Hijiki
  • Wakame
  • Kelp
  • Dulse
  • Kombu
  • Arame

Caution: Like anything, too much of a good thing can turn troublesome. Due to its high concentration of iodine and potassium, moderation is key when adding seaweed to your diet.  Those will thyroid conditions or kidney problems should always consult a doctor to discuss how much their body requires without causing adverse health effects.

So how to eat it? Easy! Another great aspect of seaweed is its ability to pair well with almost any other food. Sprinkle it on top of salads, eat alone, add to soups, or mix with vegetables.

For more information, tips, and recipes on healthy living and clean eating, visit Eat Clean Health and check out our Nutrition Plans, Group Programs, and Library of resources.

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Author: eat.clean.health.

Jodi Geigle is a board certified nutrition and wellness professional highly experienced in nutrition counseling, wellness program creation, effective client behavior modification, corporate wellness and large scale team leadership with an emphasis in operations, technology and start up culture. Jodi has been featured in Women's Running, Active.com and MindBodyGreen.

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