Back in September i talked about some of the great health benefits of Sea Vegetables. Many of you still haven't taken the plunge and incorporated these amazing super foods into your diet. Seaweed acts as a giant sponge, absorbing a wealth of minerals from the sea. If you read my earlier post you learned that it also absorbs heavy metals from the water...but here's the clincher. Sea Vegetables Chelate (pronouned Key-Late) heavy metals. This means it absorbs them, but helps to carry them away. So while seaweed absorbs heavy metals from the water, research has shown that it does not release the heavy metals in the body, but rather continues to chelate toxic heavy metals out (the ones we have stored). Everyday we breathe in heavy metals from our environment, we drink them in our water and absorb it through our skin when we bathe, we also unknowingly eat heavy metals while dining on fish. Eating seaweed is one healthy way to help to get these toxic metals out of the body. Seaweed also contains a good deal of iodine, a nutrient that used to be supplied to us through our diet/vegetable consumption, however over time our soil has become iodine deplete, therefore rendering our food deficient. Iodine is a necessary nutrient for the thyroid gland and VERY important to help strengthen a low thyroid (hypo-thyroidism). Here's an easy way to incorporate sea vegetables into your diet, using nori sheets (the same sheets we wrap sushi in).
Easy Nori Rice:
1 piece of nori
2 cups of cooked brown rice
1 - 1 & 1 /2 tbsp of soy sauce or nama shoyu
1/2 - 1 tsp of agave nectar
Cook your brown rice, following package directions. Using a pair of scissors, fold up and cut your nori into small squares. Add the soy sauce/nama shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce) and the agave to the rice, mix well, then add the nori flakes, stir again, and serve. This makes two servings of nori rice. Add additional seasoning (soy sauce/agave) to suit your palette.