By Lauren Allen
When it comes to essential elements, we are looking in the wrong place. Land veggies are so yesterday & sea vegetables are the new trend! Did you know that all of the 56 elements essential for human health can be found under the ocean in sea vegetables? Calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron, and zinc, together with important trace elements such as selenium that are often lacking in land vegetables due to soil demineralisation can all be found under da sea!
Specifically, sea vegetables are riddled with iodine which leads to many of its benefits to the body. Many are not aware of the benefits that iodine can provide and what effects a lack of iodine are burdening your body with. Someone with an iodine deficiency can see these following symptoms in their day to day life:
- Thick waist, weight gain
- Cold hands and feet
- Lowered immunity
- Mental imbalances: Depression + Anxiety
- Slow Metabolism
- Improper thyroid function
Eating a moderate amount of sea veggies on a regular basis can provide you wil a balanced intake of minerals such as iodine. For example, kombu is a good source of iodine, which is necessary for proper thyroid function and is of general benefit to health. All in all, a little seaweed and sea veggies go a long way, especially the brown varieties because of their higher iodine levels. Use common sense and moderation in deciding how much to eat and how frequently, and also be aware that how they are cooked and what is also included in the meal can affect the amount of iodine ingested.
Along with the fact that sea veggie are amazing, your body does not have the ability to make its own iodine so manual intake of iodine is imperative. A universal lack of iodine is leading to increased rates of enlarged thyroid and hypothyroidism. According to thyroid.org, 40% of the global population is at risk for iodine deficiency. Sea veggies are an amazing and yummy source of iodine as well as the Simply Young Magtabolize.
Yes, iodine is essential to the overall well being of the body, but it should be a wakeup call as well. What we put in the ocean is what we put into our bodies. When thinking about sea vegetables make sure you also think about how our oceans are being polluted. Keep our oceans clean and keep our thyroids healthy! Go sea veggies!