Kelp & Benefits

Benefits of Seaweed

Kelp benefits come from the multiple nutrients it contains. This seaweed is packed with more than 60 minerals, elements and amino acids. But one of the key elements in kelp and, which makes it perfect for treating hypothyroidism, is iodine.

Iodine is required by the body to form thyroid hormone.

What's more Kelp has long been used as a treatment for hypothyroidism, even before it was understood that the iodine played a role.

Kelp may also be helpful for;

  • encouraging weight loss
  • treating low blood pressure,
  • treating goiters
  • and treating fatigue,

all of which may be caused by a "sluggish" thyroid.

Kelp has become a major ingredient used in herbal formulas for hypothyroidism. But did you know that kelp can also;

  • be eaten in soups or salads? If you want to try it, soak it for an hour in water before chopping it and then add it to a salad. This will tenderize it and you'll be able to enjoy it as you should.
  • bite-sized pieces of kelp can also be roasted for a few minutes in the oven and made into a crunchy, salty snack.

Is kelp good for everyone?

When using kelp or any other seaweed containing iodine (this applies to natural products containing kelp), to treat low thyroid function, it is important to know if you are iodine deficient. Why? Because if your intake of iodine gets too high you may become hyperthyroid!

You may test whether you are iodine deficient or not by getting an iodine solution from your local pharmacy and before going to bed painting a square of iodine of approximately two by two inches, on your abdomen or inner thigh. Next morning, if the patch is almost gone you are iodine deficient. If there is still color but it has faded considerably your deficiency might be moderate.

Kelp is one of the natural remedies that could help to boost your thyroid function but as with everything you need to exercise caution and avoid having too much of it. Some nutritionist recommend to eat seaweed two to three times a week, and in moderation. If you are deficient in iodine you may need more than that (and even need an iodine supplement), until your levels of iodine balance out, and you start feeling much better… For example, your hair stops falling out like crazy, you experience more energy, your metabolism starts going, and so on.

After a couple of weeks of adding kelp and/or other seaweeds to your diet you may want to repeat the iodine test and see how it goes. Another thing you could do to monitor your thyroid is to take your basal body temperature in the morning – for four days in a row. If your BBT starts to reach normal levels, between 97.8 and 98.2 which is considered normal, then you are on the right track!

Written by LowThyroidHelp Team

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