Iodine deficiency is causing widespread, undiagnosed hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is an under-active thyroid condition, which manifests as chronically feeling chilled, low energy, weight gain, hormonal imbalance and brain fog. Due to a rather insensitive blood test for this condition, many, many patients are sent home to suffer with these symptoms, thinking there must be something else wrong with them. The problem is their thyroid is seriously lacking its main food; iodine!
Feed your thyroid iodine and you’ll notice your energy levels increase as well as improved brain functioning. It is reported to be beneficial to brain tissue, the membranes surrounding the brain, the sensory nerves, and the spinal cord, as well as the nails and blood vessels.
Kelp is also rich in calcium/magnesium/potassium, three essential minerals for every body system, especially the bones and heart. Women should eat Kelp everyday to help replace lost minerals in their menstrual cycle.
Kelp, along with alfalfa, is an amazing alkalinizer. Due to stress, fast food and way too much coffee and alcohol, our bodies are too acidic. Highly acidic bodies are more susceptible to disease, especially cancer. We need to balance this with highly alkaline foods, which include most greens, notably kelp.
There are many types of kelp, the most delicious being Nori, the sheets used for wrapping Sushi. Just buy the sheets in the Asian section of your grocery store and rip them up into bite size pieces and eat throughout the day or with meals.
Kelp also comes dried, powdered or granulated for spreading on your food as a salt substitute. If you don’t like the taste you can buy it capsule form, usually to be taken 3-6 a day.
My absolute favorite way to include kelp in my daily diet is to use it as a natural soup thickener and seasoning. I love the taste of Nori seaweed, and it naturally thickens a soup, depending on how much you use. In a big pot of soup I add 2 sheets of Nori, which is just a slight thickener and tastes yummy!
Warning: If you have been diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, you should not consume Iodine or Kelp.
As it is an autoimmune disorder, this is a complicated condition to treat.
A must read: “Basics of Immune Balancing for Hashimoto’s” by Dr. Chris Kresser
-Stephanie Waymen (Rolfe) CNC