Kelp: An Overview
Kelp is a type of seaweed which is rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential trace nutrients our bodies need. This herb makes a wonderful all around vitamin that's
particularly useful for women during menstruation, and it has medicinal properties as well.
The full power of Kelp is in the number of nutrients it carries, and it's natural iodine. Natural plant iodine is absorbed more slowly by the body than synthetic versions are, and this is safer as well as more useful for the body to absorb and use. Iodine is essential for the human body to operate properly. It's specifically useful for regulating the thyroid gland, which plays a major role in moderating the body's metabolism. When the thyroid is not functioning properly, this can cause extreme and chronic fatigue, weight gain or loss, and growth problems. By regulating the thyroid naturally though, Kelp helps maintain the body's growth, energy levels, and balances body weight better too.
Additionally, the thyroid's release of iodine into the body helps prevent or fight diseases and infections. By helping to regulate and supplement the natural iodine levels in the body, Kelp indirectly acts as an infection fighting herb.
The massive amounts of vitamins and minerals contained in Kelp are a true treasure source though. This herb is packed full of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and many other trace minerals. This makes it an excellent herb to use as a daily multi-vitamin, and the added iron and calcium is particularly useful for women during menstruation.
Kelp is considered an essential herb for hair, nail, and skin problems too, because it helps these areas of the body to become stronger and healthier with regular use. Kelp helps rebuild cell membranes, and the high mineral content makes it an excellent choice for use during pregancy because it normalizes glands and hormones while providing the extra nutrients a woman's body needs while carrying a child.
Since Kelp is a seaweed it's naturally salty, so it can be used as a table salt substitute in cooking too.
Some of the various health problems Kelp has been used for over the years include: Hair and nail growth or repair, clearing skin problems such as acne, providing additional energy, regulating the thyroid gland, reducing morning sickness, pregnancy vitamin, all around daily vitamin.
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