If you’re concerned about any of these weight management issues:
- thyroid gland function
- toxic waste stored in excess fatty tissue
- fluid retention, a common factor in weight gain
- or you’re just looking for more nutrition in your food…
…look no further than kelp, nature’s gift from the ocean. Kelp includes many varieties of large brown seaweed that have thrived for millenia on the abundance of minerals and other nutrients found in our oceans, converting them to bioavailable organic forms more easily assimilated by our bodies.
Kelp grows in massive underwater forests in shallower parts of the world’s oceans. These forests are among the most productive and dynamic ecosystems on our planet, growing tens of metres in length in the ocean wilderness. Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) is kelp native to northern hemisphere coastlines. Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera ) and common kelp (Ecklonia radiata) are two New Zealand kelp species. In New Zealand we protect our kelp forests, only allowing kelp that detaches during storms to be hand-harvested.
Kelp is an effective weight management food, supporting systemic health via several pathways. This amazing sea vegetable provides a rich and balanced source of essential vitamins, minerals and trace elements. Marine kelp is our planet’s best natural source of iodine, the micro mineral you need to keep your thyroid healthy in order to regulate your metabolism. Iodine also has a detoxifying role in the body. A small serving of kelp daily will provide all the iodine your body needs.
Iodine balances thyroid function, which has a direct influence on metabolic rate and helps normalise blood sugar levels. Metabolism regulation is important in weight management because your metabolic rate influences how efficiently your body processes food, how well your cells absorb its nutrients, and conversion of these nutrients into available energy. Iodine helps the body utilise calories more effectively, rather than storing them as excess fatty tissue.
Other compounds in kelp are fucoxanthin with reported anti-obesity action and fucoidan with a lipid reduction effect. The alginate in kelp is another weight regulating substance, its enzyme-blocking action reducing fat absorption. Alginate is a highly absorbent fibre which attracts accumulated toxins and heavy metals which your body tends to store in fatty tissue. Kelp’s fibre content, and soothing action on mucous membranes, has a regulating effect on the bowel ensuring absorbed toxins are removed from the body.
Kelp has a long tradition in cultures worldwide as a staple food source and medicinal herb. The first principle of herbalism is the Doctrine of Signatures, which states that by observing the way a plant lives and grows in its natural environment you will see its signature –indicating the human body system it will nourish.
You can see why kelp is renowned as a fluid balancing herb by observing how it thrives in the salty medium of seawater, absorbing nutrients from its mineral-rich environment and filtering out impurities. This is akin to the main water processing and filtering systems of the body – the kidneys which filter blood, detoxify acids and eliminate excess fluid and the colon which absorbs water and sodium before eliminating waste.
Kelp is a natural fluid balancer, helping the body redistribute excess fluid in the tissues, promoting urination to reduce swelling and water retention. Excess fluid is excreted without any electrolyte loss because kelp’s rich supply of trace elements restores the electrolyte balance in the body.
To summarise kelp’s many actions involved in weight regulation:
- essential for thyroid function – regulates & normalises metabolism
- supports normal blood sugar levels
contains fucoxanthin – prevents obesity & diabetes
contains fucoidan – lipid reduction effect
- blocks enzyme for fat absorption – lowers body fat
- absorbs toxins which removes heavy metals from tissues
demulcent and mild laxative action – regulates bowel – improves elimination of toxins
balanced diuretic effect
- fluid build-up in tissues redistributed – excess fluid excreted
- replaces electrolytes lost which helps to maintain biochemistry
Just use a teaspoon or less of kelp powder on your food every day, and you will gradually notice the positive effects of its balanced nutrition throughout your body.
By Carolyn Simon
BioBalance Kelp Powder is a 100% NZ grown mild tasting seaweed sustainably hand-harvested from the wild deep waters off New Zealand’s coasts. All the minerals and trace elements needed by the human body are contained in Biobalance Kelp. Testing for radioactive contamination shows no presence of iodine-131, caesium-134 or caesium-137 in our product.
- http://www.oryza.co.jp/html/english/pdf/Fucoxanthin2.0M.pdf Fucoxanthin
- http://seaweednation.blogspot.co.nz/2010/11/active-components-preparation.html Fucoidan and lipid reduction activities (Pomin & Mourao, 2008; Wang et al, 2010; Li et al, 2006; Li et al, 2001).
- http://healthland.time.com/2010/03/22/seaweed-a-new-tool-in-the-fight-against-obesity/ Algin reduces fat absorption 75%
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