Healthy Herbs: Kelp

Kelp is an herb which is so high in vitamins, nutrients and minerals that it works wonderfully as an all around every day vitamin. It’s particularly useful as a women’s vitamin, because it’s high in iron, calcium and potassium – all of which tend to be essential for women during menstruation, and while pregnant or nursing.

Kelp has a salty taste to it too, and some people even use it in place of salt. It’s also a natural source of iodine and this is where a lot of it’s medicinal, healing and wellness power comes into play.

Iodine is essential to your body, because it helps the thyroid function properly. And the thyroid controls growth, energy and metabolism in your body. Since kelp is a natural source of iodine, it’s absorbed by your body more slowly and safely than chemical iodine is. I’m actually allergic to chemical iodine but I have no problems consuming moderate amounts of Kelp on a daily basis.

Kelp regulates both the thyroid and pituitary glands, plus it activates all glands in your body. It’s wonderful for nail growth and hair loss too, plus it can help regulate your body temperature. It even helps if you have problems with chronic low body temperature.

Kelp is beneficial to the pancreas and the prostrate. In fact it helps with both female and male organs in the body. It also builds cell membranes, helps the digestive system, can help prevent the growth of tumors, can help cleanse the body of radiation, and normalize glands and hormones. That last part makes it an excellent supplement to take while pregnant, particularly because Kelp contains such high mineral content too.

The natural, high iodine content of Kelp actually helps it act as an antibiotic in your body too. When there’s an infection in your body, Kelp will help assist the thyroid to release more iodine into your blood stream, and iodine kills infections.

I’ve personally used kelp tea for years to kill strep throat actually. I add a gel capsule of ground kelp to regular, hot black tea, let it dissolve, and stir it around. Then I drink the tea. The kelp coats the throat as it goes down, and the iodine kills the strep bacteria. It also relieve pain almost immediately. It’s gritty and doesn’t taste too great in tea form, but it works really fast and it’s cheap too.

One other little known fact about Kelp is the weight loss benefits it offers. Since Kelp regulates your thyroid, this can also stimulate your metabolism and give you more energy. It also acts as a diuretic, which means it will help you shed water your body might retain. These two benefits of kelp working together can help you achieve your personal weight loss goals.

NOTE: Statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA, and are not made by a licensed medical practitioner or physician.

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