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Friday, July 17, 2009

Eat Seaweed?

Yes! In the form of a kelp supplement! Sound crazy? Well listen to all the health benefits you can recieve from it!

I started taking kelp a few years ago when I thought I had an underactive thyroid. Iodine, found in kelp, is a necessary mineral to help the body produce thyroid hormones. I didn't end up having a thyroid problem so I eventually stopped taking it. It has been sitting in my vitamin

Kelp ForestImage via Wikipedia

stash ever since.

A few days ago I read an article by a man who took kelp to counteract all the radiation from cell phones, among other things, he encounters on a daily basis.

Hmmm, I thought...I didn't know it helped for that! So I recovered my kelp bottle from the closet, dusted it off and did some research!

This is what I found. Kelp has been used for thousands of years for a variety of reasons. Here are some specifics:

- Having a decreased thyroid function because of the lack of iodine in your diet can lead to weight gain and lethargy. So people take kelp to boost energy and weight loss.

- Japanese scientists have shown that kelp may inhibit the development of breast cancer.

- Kelp may help remove heavy metals, radioactive particles, and other potentially toxic substances from the body.

- Kelps and other seaweeds rich in iodine and other nutrients were shown in an animal experiment to suppress the thyroid's ability to absorb radioactive iodine, thus potentially preventing the organ from being injured by the harmful effects of radiation.

***I must note though that Kelp can also be high in sodium and may need to be taken with caution by anyone following a salt-restricted diet.***

AND kelp is dirt cheap!! I got a bottle of 100 tablets for under $4 at GNC.

Needless to say I added kelp to our daily vitamin menu :)

Doesn't it feel good being healthy? :)

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