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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 January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

Featured photo credit: tpsdave via pixabay.com

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