What we choose to eat and drink on a daily basis forms the foundation for our health. We promote health and prevent disease by incorporating foods into our diet that help our body to detoxify. Brown seaweed and kelp (a type of seaweed that belongs to the brown algae family) offer unique benefits that support detoxification.
Brown seaweed contains a compound called alginates — present in the cell wall and responsible for the flexibility of seaweed. Alginates have been shown to bind to heavy metals and environmental toxins within the digestive tract. These toxins are eliminated via the digestive tract and prevented from being absorbed into the bloodstream.
Sea kelp is higher in alginates than other seaweeds such as bladderwrack, it also contains minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. However, we would recommend adding kelp to your diet along with other brown seaweeds for balance. Bladderwrack, for example, has an excellent broad nutritional profile whilst still containing detoxifying alginates.
Ideally you would add a variety of brown seaweeds into your diet on a regular basis. The most common edible brown seaweeds are:
- Kelp / Kombu
- Sea Spaghetti
Additionally, kelp and brown seaweeds are high in iodine, which aids thyroid hormone production. The thyroid gland regulates our metabolism.
If you are interested in taking a seaweed supplement, it would be a good idea to consult your holistic healthcare practitioner first. A seaweed supplement can help to increase thyroid function, support the lymphatic system and digestive tract and detoxify the body from heavy metals.
Below are 3 recipes to help you start adding brown seaweed into your diet. Food is medicine and what better way to start nourishing your body than with brown seaweed.
Kelp noodles are used as the base for this delicious Korean dish. The noodles take on the Asian flavors, they are low carb and high in fibre. Kelp noodles are an easy way to incorporate more brown seaweed into your diet.
A Japanese-style salad made with wakame, cucumber and carrot. Coconut aminos is a great replacement for soy sauce and it combines perfectly with the garlic, lemon juice and sesame oil in this recipe.
Did you know that Sea Spaghetti doesn’t need to be cooked? When soaked it has a texture similar to al dente pasta. This recipe adds the sea spaghetti in at the last minute to give a delicious flavor and texture to the soup.
Sometimes we just need a little inspiration to start trying new foods and expanding our diet. We hope that you enjoy these recipes and reap the health benefits of adding brown seaweed into your diet.