Health Benefits of 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, or while pregnant or nursing.

Kelp has a salty taste to it, 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 its medicinal, healing, and wellness power comes into play.

Iodine is essential to your body as it helps the thyroid properly function. 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 may even help if you have problems with chronic low body temperature.

Kelp is beneficial to the pancreas and the prostrate. 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, which makes it an excellent supplement to take while pregnant.

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. 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 relieves 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.

Kelp also acts as a diuretic, which means it will help you shed water your body might retain.

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