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what's all the buzz about wheatgrass?

As many of you know, I drink a shot of wheatgrass juice every day. That is also how you start your day at The Living Foods Institute. It is very easy to grow yourself, which is what I do. If you'd like to learn how to grow it, contact me and I'll be happy to host a sprouting class at your home!

I also mix Vitamineral Green powder into water or juice every day. If you aren't familiar with Vitamineral Green, it's time to get acquainted! From the HealthForce Nutritionals web site: "Vitamineral Green™ is a superior, nutritionally dense, therapeutic green superfood powder which nutritionally supports blood sugar, detoxification, the immune system, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, colon, pancreas, muscles, brain, regularity, circulation, and longevity." It is also excellent for thyroid.

But let's chat a bit about wheatgrass. What is it?

Wheatgrass is the juvenile form of wheat as most people know it. But there is no gluten in wheatgrass. In traditional diets, wheat is used only when it is fully mature and the seeds have completely formed. Wheatgrass, on the other hand, is freshly sprouted and still green!

Like plants and vegetables, wheatgrass contains chlorophyll. It's actually 70 percent chlorophyll - wow! It also contains 17 amino acids, is rich in protein, is packed with enzymes and phytonutrients, and delivers vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K.

What are the benefits of wheatgrass? Why should I take it?

If you've done research on the healing benefits of juicing, raw and living foods lifestyles, chances are you've heard of wheatgrass. It's definitely a superfood that rocks! I believe it is THE superfood that everyone should be using every single day, to maintain a disease free life, to eliminate and prevent disease. There are many benefits to wheatgrass, too many to list in this email. There's a great list here: http://www.hippocratesinst.org/benefits-of-wheatgrass

The short list of benefits include:

  • Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris.
  • Wheatgrass also stimulates metabolism and the body's enzyme systems by enriching the blood.
  • It also aids in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body.
  • Stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting obesity, indigestion, and a host of other complaints.
  • Restores alkalinity to the blood. The juice's abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood.
  • It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine.
  • It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.
  • Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins. Recent studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in grass juice cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.

Wheatgrass has been sold in the United States since around the 1930s, but it really started taking off and becoming even more popular in the past several years, and can now be found at many juice bars and healthy lifestyle stores and restaurants. Whole Foods often has it in the produce section with other sprouts.

The credit for the recent popularity actually started in the late '50s and early '60s, when Ann Wigmore discovered the healing benefits of living foods - particularly wheatgrass - when she was diagnosed with cancer and became cancer-free within a year! Ann Wigmore really changed the world of eating a healthy, plant-based, living-foods lifestyle, with wheatgrass being the star of her healing regimen. Regular consumption of wheatgrass for its healing properties can certainly be attributed to her.

How Do I Take Wheatgrass?

Because of all the valuable nutrients and health benefits, wheatgrass is quickly becoming a powerful force in a healthy lifestyle. It is also a powerful way to assist you in getting the recommended 5 to 9 servings of vegetables. Green juicing does this as well!

Fresh wheatgrass should be juiced. This is because our bodies cannot digest grasses. Once you get on the regimen, your body will start to cleanse itself of the many toxins associated with everyday life.

You should drink it straight with no other liquid, but for many (me included) this can be a bit difficult. So, you can also take it slightly diluted with your favorite green juice or use green juice as a "chaser." Wheatgrass can be pretty strong tasting, and some of you may experience a little bit of nausea when starting a wheat grass regimen - don't worry! If it upsets your stomach a little bit, this is normal, because the release of all those toxins is sure to cause a little bit of queasiness. This will generally pass with regular intake of the wheatgrass shots.

So, if you are doing fresh wheatgrass shots, ideally you will drink a 2-ounce shot in the morning on an empty stomach, and it is suggested to do the same in the afternoon.

If you are having any issues with fresh wheatgrass - whether getting the fresh stuff, or being able to drink it due to overwhelming nausea or other issues - simply try a good powdered form, like Vitamineral Green (these do not seem to cause nausea at all).

In addition to the above nutritional info, wheatgrass is about the best source of chlorophyll you can find. It is also a complete protein.

Now that you know the benefits of wheatgrass, it's time to give it a try! You can get affordable manual wheatgrass juicers online (Amazon, wheatgrasskits.com). I use an Omega juicer, which not only handles wheatgrass (most juicers do not), fruits and vegetables, but also grinds grains and spices, and can even make pasta. You can get Vitamineral Green on Amazon also.

Let me know about your wheatgrass experience!

Crazy Easy "Better Than" Ranch Dressing!

Crazy Easy "Better Than" Ranch Dressing, from uncooking101.com

This recipe is fantastic! Even my non-raw hubby just loves this. You can use it for a salad dressing, veggie dip, potato topping or "secret sauce" on a sandwich or a wrap.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups raw organic cashews, soaked in 1.5 cups water for 2-24 hours in the fridge
1/2 tsp himalayan salt
5 cloves garlic
3/8 cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice (or a combination)
1/2 cup finely chopped dill

INSTRUCTIONS

Blend all ingredients except the dill. Pour mix into a bowl, then hand mix the chopped dill.

TIPS, TRICKS, & EXTRA INFO

* This stores well for 3-4 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
* Just like ANY ranch dressing, dipping veggies in this is fabulous, but it's also great on top of a salad and can even work in place of mayonnaise or the like on a sandwich. (YUM!)
* If you aren't too keen on cashews, you could easily substitute sunflower seeds, walnuts, or almonds for a slightly different appearance and taste.
* If you like to have fresh lemon juice on hand, you could do half lemon juice and half apple cider vinegar. Just an option if you want to add a small extra step that is quite good!

Cornbread and Walnut Mushroom Sausage Stuffing with Cranberries

These recipes arrived in my inbox from Living Light International, and are by Cherie Soria. They require dehydration, but if you don't have a dehydrator, you can use an oven on a low setting (about 100 degrees). Here's a healthy menu item you can add to your holiday table!

This holiday stuffing has all the comfort of traditional Thanksgiving fare. It consists of two components: a cornbread that stands on its own, reminiscent of buttered cornbread, and a "sausage" made from walnuts and mushrooms with a hint of sage and other aromatic herbs. The secret of this recipe is the use of freeze-dried, organic, GMO-free, Just Corn. It can be ground and added to raw breads, muffins, and even tamales. It's very versatile and one of my favorite new products.

Corn Bread (Yields 9 slices bread)
4 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
2 cups freeze-dried corn (Just Corn), ground using a spice grinder or blender
2 cups white almond flour
1/2 cup coconut butter, warm to soften
1/2 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan crystal salt

1/2 cup dried cranberries, minced
1/4 cup onion, minced, rinsed, and drained well
2 jalapeño chili peppers, seeded and minced (optional)

Walnut Mushroom Sausage (Yields 1½ cups)
2 large Portobello mushrooms, diced
1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon minced sage
1 teaspoon garlic puree

3/4 cup walnuts, soaked and dehydrated
1 cup zucchini, shredded
1 tablespoon dark miso

1/2 cup celery, minced
1/4 cup red onion, minced
2 tablespoons golden flax meal
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1/2 tablespoon fresh sage, finely minced
1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic puree

To make the Cornbread
1. Put fresh and ground freeze-dried corn, almond flour, soft coconut butter, warm water, and salt in a food processer and process until smooth. Add the minced cranberries, onions, and optional jalapeño chilies, and pulse briefly, just to mix. Do not puree.
2. Spread the batter onto a 16x16 inch dehydrator tray covered with a nonstick sheet. Spread the batter about ½-inch thick.
3. Dehydrate at 125 degrees for 1 hour. Flip the bread and remove nonstick sheet. Reduce the temperature to 105 degrees and dehydrate for another 4-6 hours or until bread is pliable but easy to handle without falling apart.

To make the Walnut Mushroom Sausage
1. Combine the mushrooms, tamari, oil, sage, and garlic together and toss well. Set aside to marinate for 1 hour.
2. Place 1/2 cup of the walnuts in a food processor outfitted with the "S" blade, and process to a powder. Add the zucchini and the miso and pulse to mix. (Do not over process. The mixture should not be a pate -- it should have a little texture.)
3. Mince the remaining walnuts by hand, or pulse in the food processor until grainy.
4. Drain the mushrooms and add them, along with the walnut-zucchini mixture and all the remaining ingredients, in a large mixing bowl, and stir well.
5. Loosely sprinkle the mixture on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 115 degrees for 2-4 hours, or until the desired texture is achieved. It should be moist, like cooked ground meat.

To complete the Cornbread Walnut Mushroom Sausage with Cranberries
1. Dice the Cornbread into 1/4-inch squares and add it to the dehydrated Walnut Mushroom Sausage. Toss the mixture well and massage gently so the mixture becomes well integrated.
2. To serve, flavor test for salt and moisture. If the mixture is too dry, add a little hot water just before serving to add moisture. Serve warm.

Cinnamon, a healing spice

Cinnamon is a wonderfully healing spice. It is a great time of year to be adding it to all kinds of food. You can even put it in your morning tea! Other great properties of cinnamon are:

* Helps stabilize blood sugar
* Helps protect your heart
* It helps preserve food
* It fights bacteria
* It can help fight yeast infections because of anti-fungal properties
* It has been shown to help people with arthritis
* Research found that cinnamon also has angiogenesis properties, which help fight cancer.

Autumn equinox is September 23 - let's juice!

Here is an awesome article by Sarah Best on why NOW is the best time to detox: http://www.sarahbesthealth.com/why-right-now-is-best-time-to-detox/

Of course, unless you live on a tropical island and grow all your own organic food, detox is always critical! But Sarah explains in her article why we want to support our bodies next week. It's going to detox anyway, in preparation for winter. The more you can do to help that process, the healthier you will be.

I'll be starting a juice feast on Wednesday, which will continue for at least five days. If you'd like to join me, let me know!

Emotional Healing, Part 1

This is an excerpt from Louise Hay's book, "You Can Heal Your Life."

Life is really very simple. What we give out, we get back

What we think about ourselves becomes the truth for us. I believe that everyone, myself included, is responsible for everything in our lives, the best and the worst. Every thought we think is creating our future. Each one of us creates our experiences by our thoughts and our feelings. The thoughts we think and the words we speak create our experiences.

We create the situations, and then we give our power away by blaming the other person for our frustration. No person, no place, and no thing has any power over us, for "we" are the only thinkers in it. When we create peace and harmony and balance in our minds, we will find it in our lives.

Which of these statements sounds like you?

"People are out to get me."
"Everyone is always helpful."

Each one of these beliefs will create quite different experiences. What we believe about ourselves and about life becomes true for us.

The Universe totally supports us in every thought we choose to think and believe

Put another way, our subconscious mind accepts whatever we choose to believe. They both mean that what I believe about myself and about life becomes true for me. What you choose to think about yourself and about life becomes true for you. And we have unlimited choices about what we can think.

When we know this, then it makes sense to choose "Everyone is always helpful," rather than "People are out to get me."

The universal power never judges or criticizes us

It only accepts us at our own value. Then it reflects our beliefs in our lives. If I want to believe that life is lonely and that nobody loves me, then that is what I will find in my world.

However, if I am willing to release that belief and to affirm for myself that "Love is everywhere, and I am loving and lovable," and to hold on to that new affirmation and to repeat it often, then it will become true for me. Now, loving people will come into my life, the people already in my life will become more loving to me, and I will find myself easily expressing love to others.

Most of us have foolish ideas about who we are and many, many rigid rules about how life ought to be lived

This is not to condemn us, for each of us is doing the very best we can at this very moment. If we knew better, if we had more understanding and awareness, then we would do it differently. Please don't put yourself down for being where you are. The very fact that you have found this book and have discovered me means that you are ready to make a new, positive change in your life. Acknowledge yourself for this. "Men don't cry!" "Women can't handle money!" What limiting ideas to live with.

When we are very little, we learn how to feel about ourselves and about life by the reactions of the adults around us

It is the way we learn what to think about ourselves and about our world. Now, if you lived with people who were very unhappy, frightened, guilty, or angry, then you learned a lot of negative things about yourself and your world.

"I never do anything right." "It's my fault." "If I get angry, I'm a bad person."

Beliefs like this create a frustrating life.

When we grow up, we have a tendency to recreate the emotional environment of our early home life

This is not good or bad, right or wrong. It is just what we know inside as "home". We also tend to recreate in our personal relationships the relationships we had with our mothers or with our fathers, or what they had between them. Think how often you have had a lover or a boss who was "just like" your mother or father.

We also treat ourselves the way our parents treated us. We scold and punish ourselves in the same way. You can almost hear the words when you listen. We also love and encourage ourselves in the same way, if we were loved and encouraged as children.

"You never do anything right." "It's all your fault." How often have you said this to yourself?

"You are wonderful." "I love you." How often do you tell yourself this?

The only thing we are ever dealing with is a thought, and a thought can be changed

No matter what the problem is, our experiences are just outer effects of inner thoughts. Even self-hatred is only hating a thought you have about yourself. You have a thought that says, "I'm a bad person." This thought produces a feeling, and you buy into the feeling. However, if you don't have the thought, you won't have the feeling. And thoughts can be changed. Change the thought, and the feeling must go.

This is only to show us where we get many of our beliefs. But let's not use this information as an excuse to stay stuck in our pain. The past has no power over us. It doesn't matter how long we have had a negative pattern. The point of power is in the present moment. What a wonderful thing to realize! We can begin to be free in this moment!

Believe it or not, we do choose our thoughts

We may habitually think the same thought over and over so that it does not seem we are choosing the thought. But we did make the original choice. We can refuse to think certain thoughts. Look how often you have refused to think a positive thought about yourself. Well, you can also refuse to think a negative thought about yourself.

It seems to me that everyone on this planet whom I know or have worked with is suffering from self-hatred and guilt to one degree or another. The more self-hatred and guilt we have, the less our lives work. The less self-hatred and guilt we have, the better our lives work, on all levels.

the innermost belief for everyone I have worked with is always, "I'm not good enough!"

We frequently add to that, "And I don't do enough," or "I don't deserve." Does this sound like you? Are you saying or implying or feeling that you "are not good enough"? But for whom? And according to whose standards?

If this belief is very strong in you, then how can you possibly have created a loving, joyous, prosperous, healthy life? Somehow your main subconscious belief would always be contradicting it. Somehow you would never quite get it together, for something would always be going wrong somewhere.

All dis-ease comes from a state of unforgiveness

Whenever we are ill, we need to search our hearts to see who it is we need to forgive.

The Course in Miracles says that "all dis-ease comes from a state of unforgiveness," and that "whenever we are ill, we need to look around to see who it is that we need to forgive."

I would add to that concept that the very person you find it hardest to forgive is the one YOU NEED TO LET GO OF THE MOST. Forgiveness means giving up, letting go. It has nothing to do with condoning behavior. It's just letting the whole thing go. We do not hae to know HOW to forgive. All we need to do is be WILLING to forgive. The Universe will take of the hows.

We understand our own pain so well. How hard it is for most of us to understand that THEY, whoever they are we need to most to forgive, were also in pain. We need to understand that they were doing the best they could with the understanding, awareness, and knowledge they had at that time.

When people come to me with a problem, I don't care what it is -- poor health, lack of money, unfulfilling relationships, or stifled creativity -- there is only one thing I ever work on, and that is LOVING THE SELF.

I find that when we really love and accept and APPROVE OF OURSELVES EXACTLY AS WE ARE, then everything in life works. It's as if little miracles are everywhere. Our health improves, we attract more money, our relationships become much more fulfilling, and we begin to express ourselves in creatively fulfilling ways. All this seems to happen without our even trying.

Loving and approving of yourself, creating a space of safety, trusting an deserving and accepting, will create organization in your mind, create more loving relationships in your life, attract a new job and a new and better place to live, and even enable your body weight to normalize. People who love themselves and their bodies neither abuse themselves nor others.

Self-approval and self-acceptance in the now are the main keys to positive changes in every area of our lives.

Loving the self, to me, begins with never ever criticizing ourselves for anything. Criticism locks us into the very pattern we are trying to change. Understanding and being gentle with ourselves helps us to move out of it. Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.

In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete. I believe in a power far greater than I am that flows through me every moment of every day. I open myself to the wisdom within, knowing that there is only one intelligence in this Universe. Out of this one intelligence comes all the answers, all the solutions, all the healings, all the new creations. I trust this power and intelligence, knowing that whatever I need to know is revealed to me in the right time, space, and sequence. All is well in my world.

A bit about oils...

Great salad dressings depend on using the finest ingredients. Use only unrefined, cold pressed nut and seed oils, not just because they taste wonderful and carry the flavor of food, but also because the body needs the essential fatty acids they contain. Eating only refined oils, which lack these essential fatty acids, will lead to nutritional deficiencies. In fact, all refined (heat treated) oils are harmful to the body. The refining process creates trans-fatty acids which are the catalysts for all fat-related degenerative diseases.

The essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, found in the highest concentration in flaxseed oil, are transformed by the body to hormone-like substances called prostaglandins. These fatty acids do not produce energy (calories) or store fat in the body like saturated fat. Instead they have been shown to protect against heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, stroke and blood clots, increase the body's resistance to cancer tumors, give relief from arthritis, asthma, pre-menstrual syndrome, allergies, skin conditions, and improve brain functioning, immunity and some behavior disorders.

Fats and oils, including raw nuts and seeds, also satisfy the appetite quickly and actually help to prevent overeating because it takes the body nine times longer to use up the calories from fat than it does from complex carbohydrates.

Use a tasty unrefined nut or seed oil on your salad, or grind the nuts and seeds into a powder and sprinkle it immediately over your salad for a tasty and nutritious meal that supplies "good" fats. (Soaked and dehydrated nuts and seeds can be used.) Fats carry fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamins A, D and E. Serve oil with your vegetables to help make the vitamins and beta carotenes more bio-available to the body.

Hemp oil is a relative newcomer in stores. This easily metabolized oil is a very balanced mix of all the essential fatty acids, unsaturated, mono-unsaturated and saturated fats. Hemp oil has a strong taste, so mix it with flaxseed oil and extra virgin olive oil for use on salads and vegetables.

Finally, avocados are another excellent source of "good" fats. Although they do not supply essential fatty acids, avocados are full of vitamins and minerals and quickly satisfy the appetite.

Use a variety of healthy fats, including unrefined, cold-pressed nut and seed oils and fat-rich foods such as nuts, seeds and avocados to create great tasting, satisfying and nutritious meals.

Amazing Raw "Peanut" Sauce by Natalia Rose

This is one of our absolute favorite raw recipes. It tastes just like an authentic Thai peanut sauce (without using any peanuts), and can be used in SO many ways: salad dressing, marinade, on pasta or baked potatoes.

MAKES 2 CUPS

1 cup raw almond butter
2 Tbs. fresh ginger, whole or chopped
1/2 cup water (to thin)
4 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 Tbs. Nama Shoyu soy sauce
4 tsp. sesame oil
2 to 3 cloves garlic
1/2 serrano or jalapeno chile

Blend all ingredients at high speed until smooth. This makes an unbelievable dipping sauce for carrots or other vegetables, and it tastes amazing as a salad dressing or a sauce over young coconut noodles!

From "The Raw Food Detox Diet" by Natala Rose.

Gazpacho

Gazpacho is the perfect cold soup for summertime. I make it as often as I think of it! This fabulous recipe is based on one I found in "The Complete Book of Raw Food". All ingredients must be organic!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup organic cold pressed olive oil
5 large ripe tomatoes, chopped
2 cloves garlic or spicy pepper to taste
1 Tbs raw honey (dates or raisins work just as well)
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 tsp himalayan salt, to taste
1 bunch fresh basil (or less, to taste)
1 avocado, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 medium red pepper, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
5 stalks celery, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 small onion, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 ear corn, kernels cut off (optional)
1/2 cucumber, finely chopped (optional)
chopped cilantro or parsley

Hint: If you don't want to manually chop the pepper, celery and onion, do a rough chop in a food processor.

Directions:

  • Blend the olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, honey, lemon juice, salt and basil with 1/2 cup water until smooth. A blender works, but a Vitamix is best.
  • Pour the soup into a large bowl, and add the chopped avocado, bell pepper, celery, corn, cucumber and onion.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and sprinkle with chopped cilantro or parsley.

That's it! I like to blend the soup very smooth. The chopped vegetables add a very nice crunch. This soup will last several days in the refrigerator, and is always better the second day! Enjoy!

Many benefits of seaweed

Love sushi? Me, too, although now I make it with veggie pate or just slivers of my favorite vegetables, instead of raw fish. (You can keep the parasites and the mercury, and I'd rather leave the fish in the ocean!)

Well, guess what? Nori, the type of seaweed used for rolled sushi, is rich in protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and trace minerals. And when compared with plants that grow on land, seaweed or sea vegetables from the ocean are 20 times more nutrient dense. How's that for healthy?

Unfortunately, land today is robbed of energy-giving minerals due to over mining and erosion. Humans dig iron, tin, zinc and other minerals from the ground, then makes them into consumer products like building materials, vehicles and tin cans. This depletes nutrients from our soil and lessens the nutritive value of plants raised on land. If that wasn't bad enough, we are also consuming the chemicals and toxins used to prolong the shelf life of our once healthy fruits and vegetables.

On the other hand, the ocean is teeming with energy-rich minerals! Every element necessary for life is present in the currents of the sea and is absorbed by these aquatic health treasures! Minerals from the sea are then converted to organic form by seaweed, and when we eat them, are assimilated easily! Why not try out some of these seaweed benefits?

The seaweed we enjoy today in sushi is not just popular because of trendy sushi bars or the rise in popularity of spirulina and chlorella. On the contrary, seaweeds have been age-old food favorites of many ancient coastal folk worldwide, not only for their health nourishing benefits, but also for the flavor and zest it adds to dishes.

Did you know that sea vegetables or seaweed are one of the oldest living species on Earth? Imagine. Sea vegetables go as far back as the Stone Age! In fact, the first ever recorded use of sea vegetables as a food source goes all the way to 300 B.C. in China.

At one time, sea vegetable gardens were maintained in Hawaii specifically for royalty. In ancient Japan, ONLY Japanese nobility enjoyed these amazing sea vegetables.

Seaweed is the secret to super nutrition! Ocean vegetables are more and more in demand today, mainly due to their many health benefits, and not just because sushi bars have mushroomed!

  • Ocean vegetables are one of nature's richest sources of vegetable protein.
  • Ocean vegetables supply full concentrations of beta carotene, chlorophyll, enzymes, amino acids and fiber.
  • Ounce for ounce, along with herbs, they are higher in vitamins and minerals than any other food.
  • Ocean vegetables are considered the most nutritionally dense plants available on the planet!

Discover more about incredible seaweed benefits:

  1. When compared to plants grown on land, sea vegetables are 10 to 20 times higher in vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Seaweed nutrition is found to be higher than land vegetables.
  2. The Japanese variety Hijiki (also known as hiziki), arame, and wakame contain 10 times the calcium of milk.
  3. When compared to the iron available in beef, sea lettuce has 25 times more, hijiki 8 times more, and wakame and other kelps, four times more.
  4. Love sushi? Nori, the dark sea vegetable sheet used to wrap those delectable Japanese rice rolls, can pack a protein content as high as 25-50% of its dry weight - the highest of any ocean vegetable. It is also high in Vitamin A, which is recommended for maintaining good eyesight.
  5. The natural iodine in seaweeds is an easy, non-toxic way to meet the iodine requirement in your diet. The symptoms of iodine deficiency include chronic fatigue, apathy, dry skin, intolerance to cold, weight gain, and enlargement of the thyroid (goiter). These symptoms are the same as those of thyroid hormone deficiency.
    According to noted herbalist Dr. Ryan Drum, you would have to eat about 40 pounds of fresh vegetables or fruits (that is a LOT of veggies!) to get as much iodine as you would from 1 gram of whole leaf kelp.
  6. Forget the fad diets (please). The only way to lose and maintain your weight is to eat healthy and exercise regularly. Ocean vegetables help by breaking down the fat and flushing it out of your system. It helps you get in shape and stay that way!
  7. Sick and tired of allergies? Your weak immune system allows the never-ending runny nose and symphonic sniffing and sneezing every morning. Strengthen your immune system and you greet the day clog free! This is one of the most appreciated seaweed benefits by allergy sufferers.
  8. Seaweed naturally slashes your risk of a heart attack. Its nutrients clear the plaque in your arteries. This does not entitle you to eat all the fatty foods you want! You still have to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  9. Seaweed is high in fiber. Our colons rejoice when they get their daily dose of it! Seaweed cleans out digestive system: it soothes, disinfects, and nourishes distressed surfaces; helps out with the metabolism of lipids; and maintains a healthy balance of digestive yeasts and bacteria in the intestines.
  10. Regular servings of ocean vegetables not only make our inner organs healthier, but also gives us glossier hair and luminous skin. Consider this one of those freebie seaweed benefits, particularly Vitamin A. Who doesn't want to have noticeably healthy hair and skin?
  11. The naturally occurring sodium found in several types of seaweed bathes our body with rich salty nourishment, needed by our glands to communicate with one another. It also assists in the proper functioning of our nerves and muscles. Yes, sea salt is healthy when consumed in moderation.

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