Minerals are extremely important for your health, the structure of your body and the bare bone base (literally) of your body is built upon minerals. There are two types of minerals, macro minerals and micro minerals.
Macro minerals include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, and sulfur.
Micro minerals, also known as trace minerals include cobalt, chromium, copper, iodine, iron, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Your body needs both macro and micro minerals in order to serve important functions in the body and sea vegetables are some of the best sources of micro-minerals. All of these minerals serve a role to build your body’s functions and keep them healthy and strong. Calcium and magnesium build strong bones and teeth. Iron aids in producing red blood cells that transports oxygen to all of the organs in the body.
Before you read the article below, watch this video to learn why sea vegetables are very beneficial for your overall health and well-being and how you can use them to give your body the minerals it needs to sustain and create new life.
Minerals are extremely important for your health, the structure of your body and the bare bone base (literally) of your body is built upon minerals.
I like to see minerals as the base. Minerals are the essential nutrients that your body needs to have both a basic structure but to also flow and circulate. Magnesium and potassium for example help with muscle contraction, circulation and blood flow. If you are too deficient in either or both of these that could cause major health challenges.
Minerals help to create healthy hair, skin, nails as well as rebuilding organs, tissue, the nerves, bones, teeth and are really involved in all rebuilding processes within the body.
Minerals work directly with amino acids, proteins and hormones to create new life, balance and a homeostasis within the body. Minerals in my mind are more important than vitamins overall because they are the base that vitamins work from. If you are deficient in certain minerals there is a good chance the vitamins (or multi-vitamin) that you consume will not be utilized fully. You will not benefit from those vitamins as much because the minerals are the crucial foundation.
Don’t get me wrong, you definitely need vitamins and minerals both in your diet and if you are eating whole foods that are nutrient dense and grown in healthy soil you will get both vitamins and minerals in your diet. Unfortunately because our soils have been depleted of nutrients, especially minerals we need to look elsewhere to supplement and give our bodies the minerals that they need to stay healthy and work properly.
So what can we do in order to get the macro and micro minerals that we need in our diet to give ourselves a great base and foundations that vitamins, antioxidants, proteins, hormones and all other beneficial things in our body work from? We can eat sea vegetables! Sea vegetables come in different forms and thankfully are some of the most mineral rich foods on the planet. Think about it. The sea is basically a massive body of water and minerals. In fact, many organic soil companies use salt water and minerals from the sea to produce healthy soil, which in turn creates a great environment for the seed to grow, prosper and be nutritionally dense.
There are different sea vegetable that you can add to your diet. Some of the main sea vegetables are chlorella, spirulina, kelp, and dulse.
are both great sources of minerals and spirulina is actually one of the most protein dense foods on the planet. Kelp and dulse are great because they are very mineral rich, and both contain iodine which is a very crucial trace mineral that many people, especially in the Midwest are deficient in.
The Midwest is not close to the coasts and the soil is void of many minerals. The farmland has been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides and used for monocropped genetically modified crops. Our soil has lost many vital minerals due to this unsustainable practice and thus the food grown in it has less minerals.
Kelp and dulse are both rich in iodine. Iodine is a crucial nutrient for thyroid health. I recently realized that I was deficient in iodine because my hands and feet were cold. I am now incorporating kelp and dulse into my diet consistently to get my body the iodine that it needs in order to get my thyroid what it needs to be healthy again.
So there you have it! Get organic chlorella, spirulina, kelp and dulse (I love this specific one added to my salads) in your diet. Get these in your salads and into your life and you will get those sea minerals from the sea vegetables that your body needs and loves! I also take a supplement called Aqua Algae from OrganicRainforestherbs.com that I really like, it’s a blend of chlorella, spirulina, blue-green algae and bladderwack which are both fresh and saltwater vegetables rich in multiple minerals including the important iodine for healthy thyroid function.