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8 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Seaweed

8 Reasons You Should Be Talking About Seaweed

Eating seaweed is somewhat a foreign concept to many, especially Americans who only eat it when they have sushi. Many eastern cultures eat tons of seaweed which keeps them healthy and diseases at bay. It’s no surprise though that seaweed is full of health benefits that could change your life. It’s full of vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy and allow your immune system to handle anything that comes your way. Seaweed can be added to all of your dishes and add a fresh and slightly salty taste to your meals. Add it to your soups, salads, sauces, and entrees today.

Here are a few of the top benefits of seaweed.

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1. Thyroid Function

Thyroid problems are amass across the world. We are seeing an increase of people on synthetic thyroid replacement medicines and being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s. Eating seaweed can turn this around and allow your body to start increasing its own supply of T3. Try adding more varieties of seaweed including wakame and kelp to your diet today.

2. Normalize Hormones with Iodine

Iodine deficiency is seen across the board. People are not getting enough of it and it effects how our brain produces our hormone levels. Increasing your intake of seaweed, creates a higher iodine content in your body, which then yields optimal hormone levels such as estrogen and estradiol. Arame is the highest iodine content in the ocean, even more than seafood. Dulse comes in as the second highest iodine content of seaweed varieties and is also high in Vitamin A.

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3. Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

Are your joints bothering you? Maybe you should try adding more kelp and bladderwack, which decreases the inflammation in your body and reduces muscle stiffness from arthritis, rheumatism, and rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Decongestant

Is that common cold and sinus drainage driving you crazy? Adding in kombu will help reduce mucus production and allow you to be back to normal in no time.

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5. High Protein

Seaweed in general is high in protein. If you are eating a vegetarian based template, adding in seaweed will allow you to keep your protein levels high. Also, if you are eating other diets, the higher protein in the seaweed will keep you fuller longer and not have you reaching for higher carbohydrate foods. Wakame, hijiki, kombu, nori, and dulse have the highest protein content of seaweed varieties.

6. Hair growth

Seaweed actually helps stimulate hair growth and add the sheen that you long for. If you have had any trouble with your hair growing or your hair thinning, seaweed can help remedy it by optimizing thyroid function. Try adding eating arame, Irish moss, and wakame and you will have that shine that is seen in the magazines.

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7. Electrolyte Minerals

Electrolytes are vital to your survival. Having balanced optimal levels in your blood allow for other nutrients to be transported throughout your body. Keep your electrolytes in check with seaweed. Seaweed is high in calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. The best types to use are Irish moss, wakame, hijiki, kombu, and nori.

8. Removes Heavy Metals

Living in today’s world, we are exposed to more environmental heavy metals such as Aluminum, Mercury, and others, which should not be in our bodies at high levels. Adding kelp to your diet, will remove the heavy metals due to the sodium alginate (algin) that is in it.

Seaweed can be found at your local grocery store in the asian food section or even at your local asian grocery store. The seaweed can be added to any of your dishes, broths, soups, sauces, and even infused to your water. What type are you adding to your food today?

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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