Kelp grows in the sea and is a type of marine algae, or seaweed which can grow up to 150 feet long. It can actually grow at a rate of 1 to 2 feet a day! When harvested just a few feet from the surface, it can fully grow back within just ten days. It is a green/brown color and quite unique in that it has no roots like plants and trees. It is not anchored to the sea floor via roots and does not absorb nutrients in the same way as plants. It grows through the process of photosynthesis – This is where it uses the suns energy to make its own food and uses the abundant minerals from the sea itself.
Because of its size and density, ‘kelp forests’ are often used to describe large masses of kelp in the sea, because they resemble large forests of trees.
It provides protection for a variety of marine life and is a vital part of the food chain, eaten by many sea creatures including fish.
The Benefits of KelpKelp is one of those wonder foods and contains a whole host of vitamins and minerals that can be used in foods and health and beauty products. It contains iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin B9 and around 70 other mineral and trace elements.
Iodine deficiency is very common among people who don’t eat sea vegetables, dairy and seafood. Kelp is particularly rich in iodine which promotes the body’s production of thyroid hormones, necessary for maintaining a healthy metabolism.
This helps to regulate your weight by stimulating your metabolism. Iodine deficiency can slow your metabolism down by as much as 50% which can and often does, result in obesity and other associated health problems.
Can you understand why it is so important to incorporate kelp into your diet? And you don’t need much of it to maintain a healthy level of iodine.
But the benefits of kelp don’t stop there. Look at all these other known Kelp Benefits:
Kelp stimulates your immune system
- Kelp helps fights cancer
- Kelp helps prevent heart disease
- Kelp encourages healthy liver function
- Kelp aids in brain development
- Kelp helps to prevent osteoporosis
- Kelp helps to lower cholesterol levels
- Kelp is good for joints which reduces arthritic pain
- Kelp kills the Herpes virus which causes cold sores.
- Kelp is a natural energy booster
- Kelp helps with digestion, flatulence and constipation
- Kelp is good for fertility in both men and women
It’s no surprise to learn that kelp is already used in a variety of health supplements and in healthy cooking. With all these amazing benefits of kelp, the secret is to incorporate it into our food so that we can reap the rewards! It is extremely versatile in what it can be added too and many chefs find all sorts of ways to incorporate it into a healthy diet.
Kelp is a wonderful, delicate flavor and can be added as seasoning to dishes like soups, seafood, sauces, dips, salads, casseroles and more. It’s so easy to add to foods, you’ll be experimenting with all sorts of ingredients. I always substitute salt with kelp and this alone ensures I get my daily benefit.
It is also great for your pet cat or dog or even livestock like cattle. It is good for digestion, promotes a healthy coat and fights against infections and parasites. Your pet pouch will look and feel radiant in no time, after some kelp magic!
I hope you are sold on the idea of kelp as much as I am. I’ve been consuming it for over 12 months now and can honestly say I’ve never felt healthier. My family is also addicted to it and we rarely suffer from any ailments.
Kelp can be bought as it is in a dried form, as a powder, or in tablet form as a supplement.
There are plenty of places to buy kelp, such as your local health store. But it’s just as easy to order it online.
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