Are you getting enough kelp? Chances are you didn’t know you even needed it, much less how important it is for your everyday health.
Kelp has been used for centuries both internally and externally for its many health benefits. Gelatinous in quality it protects and adds shine to hair and is soothing both for the skin as well as the digestion. Sea herbs like kelp are used in facial masks because they heal, hydrate, detoxify, and re-mineralize the skin. They can be used as a natural organic deodorant to cleanse bacteria odor and alkalize the underarm pH.
Kelp is large, leafy brown edible and highly nutritional seaweed that grows along colder coastlines. It contains 30 naturally chelated minerals like calcium, sulphur, silicone and is ideal for those who are mineral deficient. 25 vitamins include carotenes, and the vitamins C, K, E and R. B-complex, Folic Acid, Vitamins A, B12 and D are good food for the brain, nervous system and spinal cord. In addition, it is well known for the iodine it contains which is healthy for the thyroid, and is said to improve skin, nails and hair. Organic iodine acts as a thyroxin precursor and regulates metabolism. This marvelous sea herb provides perfectly chelated mineral micro-nutrients, essential fatty acids and important trace minerals to the diet.
The vitamins and minerals in kelp help to keep the skin nourished and moisturized. The chemical makeup of human blood and seawater are almost identical. The seawater in the kelp is very similar to human plasma. There are 92 different mineral elements found in seaweeds, including some that humans require only in trace amounts, but whose presence is nonetheless vital to well-being. According to Doctor W. Black, kelp and seaweeds contain many times more minerals than land grown plants, as much as 50 times more. (Source: Black W, Proc Nutr Soc (Eng), 32, 1953).
In today’s world we are exposed to many toxins of which we may be completely unaware. They accumulate in the body and can overload our internal detoxification system. Sea herbs like kelp contain compounds which bind with and remove toxins from the tissues and help to maintain alkalinity and balance.
It also offers sodium alginate, which is thought to mitigate radioactive elements and heavy metals from the body. This natural salt is acknowledged by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission which advocates 2 tablespoons of alginate supplement per day to prevent strontium-90 absorption and related diseases. In addition, it is known to prevent the absorption of toxic metals like mercury, cadmium, plutonium, cesium and aluminum.
Kelp is very beneficial when used in aluminum-free, natural organic deodorant. Due to metal ions that build up under the arms and various aluminums in particular, kelp is a very helpful ingredient to remove these ions. Chlorophyll is another component of kelp known as an effective deodorizer to reduce bad breath and body odor. Chlorophyll helps in neutralizing the pollution that we take in every day through our breath, our skin and our foods. Kelp also contains silica which has recently been shown to be more absorbent than baking soda and charcoal.
When looking for direction with underarm cleansing detoxification, Herbalix Restoratives™ may be the right course to take. The company manufactures a natural organic deodorant called the Cleansing Detox Deodorant™ with kelp being one of the major reasons it naturally cleanses and attracts metal ions at night while you sleep.
The alginates in kelp (complex polysaccharides), like other soluble fibers, have a soothing and cleansing effect on the digestive tract. Kelp is also known to improve intestinal flora. And finally, research is showing that the edible brown seaweeds have anti-tumor activity and were effective from 70 to 84 percent in inhibiting colon cancer in rats, as well as showing mechanisms to prevent breast cancer by reducing plasma cholesterol and binding biliary steroids. (Yanamoto I, Hydrobiologica, 116/117: 145, 1984)
To sum it up, the antioxygenic activity of the phospholipids, the binding of pollutants and the fact that kelp synthesizes essential nutrients more efficiently than most natural foods, make kelp a most amazing gift from the sea!