Seaweed is no longer JUST that pesky stuff that one gets caught up in while swimming in the ocean.  It is now that floating sea life that one gets wrapped up in and can be considered harvestable for nutritional and medicinal qualities. 

Many of you have sampled these prehistoric and modern sea veggies in Japanese cuisine such as sushi and seaweed salad.  We know how yummy they are, but do most of us comprehend the magnitude of health benefits that seaweed holds?  Shall I take a gander and say, no?  Well for those of you who are not yet familiar with all of the advantages, you are in for a surprise!

Seaweed is actually an algae and there are three different types: brown, red, and green.  Seaweed is super high in antioxidants and contains tons of vitamins and minerals.  It is an amazing source of iodine which is pertinent for thyroid health.  The thyroid produces hormones and controls metabolism; and with bathing suit season right around the corner, we want to ensure that things are working top notch.  Seaweed is also beneficial for arthritis and can assist in regulating estrogen and estradiol levels.  Believe it or not, it is high in fiber and great for detoxification.  It especially helps to rid heavy metals from the body.  Moreover, it increases the good bacteria in the gut which is important for all systems, particularly the immune and digestive systems.  

If these reasons thus far are not enough to get you off the couch and out the door in search of some quality seaweed then check out an article written by www.naturalnews.com.  According  to those folks, "seaweed has been linked to an increase in libido and energy levels."  Not bad, huh?!?  They attribute this to the "aphrodisiac properties due to manganese."  As if this isn't news enough, other sources have even gone as far to say that seaweed is a hangover cure!

So no matter what your reasons for enjoying some delicious and nutritious algae are, it is all good!  Not only does it taste awesome, but the benefits that you will reap are reward enough.  For those of you who have an aversion to consuming seaweed, just bathe in it!  Certain types contain beneficial properties that can be absorbed through the skin (which makes sense considering your skin is your largest organ).  For more information on this incredible marine algae, check out www.seaweed.ie

                                                                                                                  Wishing you all the best of health and happiness, 

                                                                                                                                                       Stacy xoxo              


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