Seaweed for thyroid function
Seaweed is one of the most nutritionally packed foods that exists, that’s why it's called nature's treasure chest for all the life force that's packed into its beautiful leaves.
Sea vegetables have been used all across the world, mainly on coastal regions. Most notably, seaweed has been used in Japanese cooking for thousands of years and still to this day varieties of seaweed are known primarily by their Japanese names, such as nori, arame, dulse, kombu and wakame. Nori may be the most common type because of its use in sushi.
Nutritionally speaking, seaweed contains iodine, vitamin K, vitamin A, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, copper, potassium, and the B-vitamins folate, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid. Rich in trace minerals, they help replenish the nutrients that are scarcely available yet totally necessary in our modern soil.
In TICM, seaweed is used for its cold essence. It is associated with the Liver, Stomach and Kidney meridians. Its salty and cold essence helps support Kidney function . Sea vegetables are Yin in nature and move energy downward and inward, helping calm anxiety and restlessness both mentally and physically.
TICM actions: clears heat, clears damp, resolves water accumulations, eliminates toxins, resolves phlegm.
Conditions that benefit from seaweed: swollen lymph glands, thyroid, goiters, fibroid tumors, cough, some Lung abscesses, migraines, oedema, lumps, and certain types of cancer. Seaweed has long been thought to regulate toxins in the body, absorbing any substances that are potentially harmful to the body. This helps us naturally detoxify from environmental toxins, especially heavy metals. They are also rich in lignans, plant compounds with cancer protective properties.
This alkalising food is something you could eat many times a week. Make sure to look for certified organic seaweed.