What you need to know about seaweed

Seaweed is a powerful addition to your diet. It contains many of the nutrients essential for liver detoxification, one of the main systems we want to look at in relation to optimal health.

Seaweed is higher in vitamins and minerals than any other class of food. They are an excellent source of the key minerals calcium, iodine, phosphorous, sodium, and iron. The bonus? Seaweed has about five calories per serving. That’s a lot of nutrition in a little bit of food.

Eating seaweed can help support heart health, improve immunity and regulate digestion.

When it comes to thyroid health, there are at least eight key nutrients that the body needs for optimal function. Iodine is at the top of the list.

Iodine is crucial for the production of the thyroid hormones. If you’re not getting enough dietary iodine you will have difficulty forming and converting the important hormones for thyroid health and metabolic wellness. Low iodine is one reason we see such an increase in thyroid problems.

Since your body does not produce iodine on its own, this important nutrient needs to be obtained from food, such as seaweed. Our ancestors obtained it more readily from plants grown in iodine-rich soil, but these days our soils are depleted.

As a result, the ocean is now the most fertile area for plants to grow. Sea vegetables absorb these minerals and convert them into a living form that our bodies can recognize and utilize.

Do you experience cravings for salty or sugary foods? Eating too many processed foods or foods grown in mineral-depleted soil can result in a lack of minerals in the body, leading to cravings. Adding sea vegetables to your diet can help balance your energy levels and alleviate cravings.

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What are the main types of seaweed?


You are probably most familiar with nori, a type of red seaweed used to make sushi. There are many other varieties that are just as tasty.

The most common are Arame, Hijiki, Nori, Wakame, Dulse, and Kombu. Each sea vegetable has its own nutritional profile.


Did you know arame has 10 times the calcium found in milk and is a very rich source of iodine? Or that hijiki has more iron than beef? Other seaweeds contain very high amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, protein, and vitamins A, C, E, and K.

What are some additional health benefits of seaweed?


  • Helps to detox the body and promote circulation,
  • Protects against radiation and environmental pollutants
  • Boosts metabolism
  • Supports the thyroid
  • Strengthens hair, skin and nails
  • Supports bone health because of the high amounts of calcium and magnesium found in seaweed. Magnesium helps the body to absorb calcium.

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So, how do you eat more of these superfoods?


With so many health benefits, particularly for those looking to support their thyroid, detoxify the body, and support bone and cardiovascular health, how to you include more in your diet?

Not knowing how to prepare seaweed is often my clients’ biggest obstacle to eating more of it. But enjoying more sea veggies is easy when you know what to do. Try using seaweed in soups, salads, sushi, dressings, and stir-fries. I also make it into a delicious snack.



If you’d like to learn more, join me on Thursday, October 27 for my upcoming class:

Cooking with Sea Vegetables
 


  • Deepen your knowledge about the health benefits of individual types of seaweed
  • Learn how to prepare delicious dishes with these superfoods
  • Enjoy a delicious and nutritious dinner together, trying all of our creations

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