Detox gently everyday by adding seaweed to your diet.
No other generation before ours has been exposed to as many man-made chemicals and toxic substances as we are. The air & the water are not clean, the food we eat is processed, we are stressed, our lifestyle is sedentary and our body lacks many vitamins, minerals and enzymes. It follows that our organs of detoxification and excretion become overwhelmed and unless we do something about it, our body is overloaded with waste products and toxic substances which render it vulnerable to all sorts of bacteria and viruses.
The human body possesses self-regulatory mechanisms and has the ability to heal. A healthy body is capable of eliminating the toxic substances generated by its normal functioning and also some imposed on it by an unnatural lifestyle. But when it becomes overwhelmed, the body stores these substances away in the tissues and then their important tasks of regulation and defense is impeded.
Detox is a natural, ongoing process of neutralizing and eliminating dietary and environmental toxins from the body. Seaweeds are packed with nutrients that support and encourage the process of flushing toxins.
Here’s an overview:
- Iodine & minerals:
they promote a healthy metabolism which will in turn:
- Stimulate the liver to drive toxins from the body
- Promote elimination through the intestines, kidneys and skin
- Improve circulation of the blood
a potent detoxifier that purifies the body fluids (blood & lymphatic fluids), is present in all seaweeds, whatever their colour.
Chlorophyll is easy to see in Green seaweeds but other pigments (fucoxanthin for Browns & phycocyanin for Reds) mask the chlorophyll & beta-carotene in the Browns & Red seaweeds in order to allow photosynthesis at greater depth.
- Special Bio-Active Compounds :
unique to seaweeds that remove radioactive elements, heavy metals, free radicals and other environmental pollutants. Examples are:
- Alginates (remove environmental toxins & radioactive particles)
- Fucoidan (controls the growth of pathogenic bacteria, fungi & viruses - kills cancer cells without harm to normal cells and prevent tumour spread, metastasis)
- Laminarin (potential modulator of intestinal metabolism) and Lignan (phytonutrients high in antioxidants that may help regulate hormone levels).
- High Fibre:
a combo of multi-functional fibres. Seaweeds show higher levels of soluble fibres than insoluble, the opposite to land plant.
Soluble fibre can be distinguished by its ability to form viscous gels in the intestinal tract. Insoluble fibre is instead characterised by its bulking capacity. Both forms of fibre share the ability to bind water or mineral cations and may be used by colonic microflora as fermentable substrate to provide prebiotic benefits & facilitate binding, lubrication & evacuation of toxins - thus working together to keep the body clean. A study of the fecal flora of Japanese women showed that high seaweed intake increases the good bacteria in the gut.
- Antioxidants, anti-viral, anti-parasitic & anti-fungal properties:
help get rid of the free radicals. Snacking on seaweed might give your liver a welcome antioxidant boost and also decrease fat deposits in the liver, according to New York University's Langone Medical Center." A study published in the November 2012 issue of the journal "Food Chemistry" found that certain seaweeds may improve liver function by decreasing cholesterol and triglyceride levels and providing antioxidant benefits.
Detoxification is a decisive step towards restoration of the body’s regulatory mechanisms. It is our ‘first aid’ to the body to relieve it from the burden of waste and toxic substances so that its regulatory self-healing and defense mechanisms can function again.
There are many philosophies regarding 'detox'. From total fasting to limiting the food intake to a limited range of ingredients, there is something to suit everyone. Whilst there are good reasons to give our body the occasional rest, there is also value in a more consistent & continuous approach to detox by consuming foods daily that promote the flushing of toxins.
Seaweeds are classified in groups according to their pigmentation and each group supports for different aspects of the detoxification process:
REDS: high in prebiotic fibres and anti-viral/fungal/parasitic/septic/inflammatory properties.
BROWNS: high in iodine (foster healthy metabolism) & unique detoxifying compounds
GREENS: high in chlorophyll & high quality fibres
Disclaimer: This material is provided for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. This information is generic and may not include the latest research. We encourage you to do your own research and discuss your findings with a qualified health practitioner who can help you validate the outcomes in the context of your specific & individual health situation.