How many times have you untangled yourself from seaweed that has washed up on shore and wrapped itself around your feet? This intrusive, slimy sea life is one of the highest sources of vitamins and minerals (including 12 minerals and 60 trace elements) on the planet. Kelp, a seaweed that gets its nutrients from seawater, offers an abundant source of vitamins and minerals such as the iodine, potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron required to promote healthy hair and skin.
Kelp is valued for its naturally high iodine content, which helps the functioning of the thyroid gland. It is essential in the formation of thyroid hormones, which regulate the body’s energy production, promote growth and development, and help burn excess fat.
A truly natural food sources of iodine. Kelp supplements are a good alternative if you do not get enough of these foods in your daily diet. Thyroid disease is related to iodine deficiency. However, in the US and most developed countries, iodine deficiency is rare; and because thyroids are extremely sensitive to iodine, you must avoid taking too much kelp.
People who eat excessive amounts of raw cabbage or nuts (which reduce the body’s uptake of iodine) may find supplements useful if their iodine intake remains otherwise low. Deficiencies can be treated with 150 micrograms of iodine daily. Prolonged use of large amounts of iodine (6 mg or more daily) may suppress activity of the thyroid gland. A safe upper limit of iodine is 1,000 micrograms per day. I would recommend working with a naturopath doctor if this is the case and using a natural source like kelp to get your iodine.
In a seaweed face mask however iodine can do wonders for your skin. Iodine helps to draw out impurities and balance the moisture in the skin. Negatively charged ions act like magnets drawing out the impurities in your skin. And all the skin-nourishing vitamins discussed earlier are present in high concentrations, including the B-complexes. Seaweed is notably high in B12, a vitamin harder to obtain in land plant food. B12 plays a role in the synthesis of those important nucleic acids and the health of your skin and hair. Everything you need to purify, detoxify, tone, moisturize, revitalize, and oxygenate your skin is present in this super algae.
Try some kelp noodles today or a beautiful seaweed face mask.