So I wanted to talk today about our thyroids. A healthy thyroid is important to our health, as our thyroid controls many of our bodily functions, including maintaining our energy levels, sleep, and balancing our metabolism.
Thyroid issues are on the rise in the United States and worldwide, and millions of us literally have impaired or improperly functioning thyroids. We must take action!
In order to function optimally, we need to nurture our thyroid with the right nutrients. One of the most important nutrients to build thyroid hormones and keep our thyroid healthy is iodine. Unfortunately, many of us are deficient in iodine.
Zinc, iron, copper and selenium are also essential to producing thyroid hormones. We also need the antioxidants of A, C and E to neutralize physical oxidative stress, a condition which often occurs along with poor thyroid function.
One of the best and easiest ways to get these nutrients into our diet (especially iodine) is by adding sea vegetables! “Sea vegetables?” you might say- “What the heck? It does NOT fit my lifestyle to have to go to an Asian restaurant and chow down on seaweed every day of my life.” Don’t worry! It is a whole lot easier than that, I promise. :)
Here are my top 3 favorite Sea Vegetables, along with some ideas on how to incorporate them into your life, so you can start benefiting ASAP!
1. Dulse: This is the sea vegetable I personally use more than any other. I buy dulse in the form of flakes from Wholefoods or a health food store, and shake about 1 Tbs. on my dinner salad almost every night. What could be easier than that? I love the taste, and to me it almost makes for a “bacon bits” ingredient replacement! (Is that weird? Does anyone else who eats dulse know what I mean?).
1. Hijiki. Black seaweed that looks like cut up, shredded pieces of black angle hair pasta. Soak for ½- 1 hour, until it softens. Great on salads, and especially yummy when tossed with broccoli, along with some Liquid Braggs (unfermented soy beans, so use sparingly) or Nama Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce, also use sparingly as it contains some gluten) and lemon. Can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for several days.
3. Nori wrappers: Me love nori wrappers!! Also sold in health stores and Wholefoods. Opt for the raw kind rather than the
toasted variety, when available. You can stuff sprouts, avocados, nut pates and other vegetables in them for quick wraps.
Another GREAT thing about sea vegetables is that since that ones mentioned above are purchased already dried, so they won’t go bad. You can keep them stocked in your pantry for use as needed. It is a good idea to keep your Dulse near where you keep your cayenne pepper or other salad spices, so when you go to make your salads you won’t forget to add some in!
Have an awesome start to your week! Take care of yourself, never forget about your post workout snack, and be sure to give yourself some “me” time – so you can work on the improvements and New Year’s resolutions that are important to you.