So after being asked where I get my energy from, (I have had a super summer, full days of canning & people asking where my energy came from.) So I decided to dig, study and figure out just what all is in Kelp. I have been taking it for a long while, but realized I wasn’t taking enough after watching this video from Shoshonna.
I’ve known for a long time that my thyroid is not functioning properly. It is underactive, hypothyroid, and needs iodine. So I had been taking some, but didn’t see a huge improvement. When I upped the amount I was taking, I was shocked. My energy levels went way up. I am sleeping better than I have in a long time. And when I miss a day or two of taking them, I can tell it immediately. I almost feel like an energizer bunny!!! And it feels great!!!
So here is some more info on kelp and it’s benefits…
Kelp grows in the ocean, mainly in kelp forests within shallow bodies of saltwater and can grow up to half a meter a day, ultimately reaching heights of 30 to 80 meters. It is a tall, leafy plant that grows in cool water, floating vertically over the rocky ocean floor. Although tethered there by a root like stem called a hold fast, it does not draw nutrients from the ground but rather from the water around it. This ensures that every leaf is packed with an ocean of goodness.
Vitamins – Kelp contains many vitamins, including A, B, C, D, E, and K, as well as numerous minerals, trace elements, and amino acids. The B vitamins are important, they are essential for cellular metabolism and providing your body with energy. Vitamins C and E, are both strong antioxidants and promote blood vessel health. Kelp is also rich in iron, natural sodium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Kelp’s nutrients are natural and therefore easy for the body to absorb and utilize.
Sodium Alginate – Kelp is rich in sodium alginate, which is something that is effective at protecting and removing radiation from the body. ‘According to a 1964 study published in the “Canadian Medical Association Journal,” sodium alginate derived from kelp reduced radioactive strontium absorption in the intestines by 50 to 80 percent’. In other words, the sodium alginate allows calcium through the intestinal walls, but binds the radiation and passes it out through the body.
Iodine – Like most seaweed, it is rich in iodine. Our bodies do not produce iodine, so we need to be sure to get it through foods or supplements. And that is why it was added to bread, milk and salt in 1924. But it is no longer added to milk or bread and the amount keeps lessening in salt. (Besides regular table salt is not good for you. Cause many other health problems. Look it up, study into good sea salt.) Our thyroid needs iodine to function. If we are not getting enough iodine, we will soon have problems with hypothyroidism.
- Iodine is an energy booster. I know from experience, when I am taking enough kelp, I have lots more energy!!!
- Iodine calms the body and relieves nervous energy, so it helps reduce irritability and helps you sleep better.
- Iodine is one of our best oxidizing catalysts, efficiently burning up the food we consume each day. If this food is not properly burned, it may be stored as unwanted fat.
- Studies have shown the mind functions better and thinks clearer when it has enough iodine.
- Iodine benefits the heart and circulatory systems.
Mucilaginous Compounds – Mucilaginous compounds enhance the detoxifying and eliminative functions of the digestive system. They absorb toxins from the bowels and add bulk.
Other benefits of kelp are –
-Good for nails and hair loss.
-Regulates body tempurature (guess that is helping me too. I normally am always cold, but lately been more ‘normal’.)
-Builds cell membrane; Helps speed healing of fractures and breaks in bones
-Acts as an antibiotic; assists the thyroid in releasing iodine into the blood stream when infection is present. Iodine fights infection. Helps prevent disease.
-Pregnancy – Birth defects, morning sickness
And some foods that have iodine in them include fish, radishes, carrots, spinach, rhubarb, strawberries, cabbage and onions.
Have you used kelp?? What benefits have you seen??