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Iodine Supplement

Since we useraw macrocystis kelpourspa treatmentsclients ask about iodine supplementation. Please see below the entire unedited article first published, Friday, June 3, 2016 9:14:02 AM America/Denver and titled, Best Use of Iodine Supplement, by Abbey from Hakala Research. It gives a broad outline of what doctors support it's use and supplementation as well a brief history on it's origins in medicine. The article also mentions the minimum dosage of 12.5mg being closely related to the average Japanese personal intake of 13.

Introduction to Thalassotherapy

Utilized for more than 5,000 years, the ocean has been recognized for its healing properties by cultures situated near the ocean. The father of modern medicine Hippocrates used to tell his patients to walk along the ocean for assistance with respiratory and/or digestive problems. The ocean has been deemed as the place to heal for centuries, trans-dermally absorbing important trace minerals through the largest organ, skin, and breathing the healing iodine as it’s carried with the air molecule into the lungs. While the ocean contains all of the physiologically substances required for survival, the connection to the history of our health has been taught and practiced for thousands of years.

What a thalassotherapy experience can do is help to increase well-being in a person, by allowing the body to be nourished in a cosmic womb of raw ocean super food ingredients that promote healthy development of vibrant cells; resulting in a calmer more balanced state, called homeostasis and otherwise known as mind/body balancing. The nervous system feels calmer, respiratory system and cardiac system in your body flow with a primordial beat that is echoed by the sense of well being experienced in your mind.

Thalassotherapy involves the layering of raw ocean components; containing whole seaweeds, ocean water and ocean minerals over the body, allowing absorption of important vitamins and minerals in a chelated form. Adding in aromatherapy using pure essential oils, of course, will only enhance the entire experience. Look for uplifting, calming & clearing aspects in your aromatherapy, so there is a synchronicity.   All in all, it truly is a treatment to be experienced as it is hard to describe the sensation unless you have achieved it once before.

Strengthen Your Immune System with Iodine

If you would like to have a strong and complete immune system, and who wouldn't, you need to include the essential mineral iodine.  When a person has become ‘iodine sufficient’ iodine is stored, for immune system health, in some of our most important organs including our; skin, liver, kidneys, lung tissue, heart, thyroid gland, breasts, ovaries, prostate & brain.  Since iodine is a fat soluble mineral and not very water soluble, the water soluble version of iodine is commonly found as potassium-iodide or calcium-iodide and the best source is brown seaweed known as kelp.

Seaweeds contain 100,000 times the concentration of iodine found in sea salt
Many understand the importance of vitamin C to stay healthy & immune strong and since vitamin C is water soluble, many people regularly consume 1000mg – 6000mg range to combat colds, flu's, infections since it’s easily flushed from our bodies.  Since iodine is fat soluble it's able to stay in the body longer, absorbed by our organs and hence to do it's work as an anti-bacterial, anti-pathogenic extraordinaire.
Iodine's strong pathogenic expertise is very apparent in the work of the lymphatic system, where the lymph is collected with all the mutated cells, virus's, bacteria and disposed into our waste system.   Dr. Brownstein says of iodine,

Dr Brownstein's 4th Edition: Iodine; Why You Need it Why You Cannot Live Without itIodine is a strong detoxifying agent in our bodies for bromine, chlorine, fluoride, mercury, aluminum, arsenic & cadmium, which are absorbed & stored in receptor cells throughout the body.  Since the main function of the lymphatic system is detoxification, it also plays a large role in maintaining a strong immune system by moving out these toxins from our bodies.

Iodide combines in the body with Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) to form elemental iodine, which has broad spectrum anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-septic & anti-cancer functionality in the lymph nodes.  Most brown seaweeds are high in healing iodide & contain almost every bio-available vitamin & mineral that our bodies require, including many healing polysaccharide sugars, all our essential amino-acids and Omega 3,5,6 & 9.   Since our skin absorbs into our bloodstream up to 70% or more of what we put next to it, it's interesting to see the ability of the seaweed to increase blood flow in the body while allowing a greater detoxification to occur which results in a stronger immune system too.

Replenishing Vital Nutrients Lost During Pregnancy

Women in Korea are taught at a very young age about their biological connection to the ocean; that the amniotic fluid that surrounds the baby in mommy's tummy is the same as ocean water.  During their pregnancy, it is tradition to rub seaweeds or place pieces of seaweeds, specifically Alaria kelp, across their bellies so they can absorb the nutrients that are so important for fetal development.  As the fetal brain requires twice as much iodine for proper brain development as a healthy woman and here in North America most women are 100 to 1000 times deficient in this essential mineral and don't even know it.  It is known that a baby or person with lower levels of iodine in their body/brain develop a condition called 'Cretinism', which is associated with a lower level of intelligence or IQ. After childbirth it's tradition, even today in Korea, that the mother-in-law makes the new mother seaweed soup called Miyeok Guk. It is actually called 'Birthday Soup' and they have it every year for their birthday. However during the 100 days after birth, the soup is eaten by the new mother at every meal, to replenish the nutrients lost to the baby during gestation.  In North America, most women don't know about iodine or replenishing nutrients lost during childbirth and therefore develop conditions like thyroidism, eczema, anemia & baby brain. We're lucky to have the best seaweeds in the world here in Canada & the US to use and it's a tradition we're yet to start practicing.

NOTE: Iodine was the 1st mineral classified as 'essential for life' and yet most health journals, periodicals or books don't even mention it's existence. Especially since iodine was used to treat Goitre (hyperthyroidism) since the 11th century in Traditional Chinese Medicine and by MD's prior to the advent of prescription drugs in medicine in the 50's. Living here in Ontario, known as the Goitre Belt since the 1920's, it's a good place to know this!

RECIPE: Miyeok Guk (Korean Birthday Soup)

Ingredients: 1 oz dried miyeok (Alaria Seaweeds/yields about 2 cups soaked) 
10 mussels/10 beef strips (optional) 
1-2 med. organic onions 
1 cup shredded organic carrots 
2 minced organic garlic 
6 cups water 
1 tablespoon soy sauce (Braggs Liquid Aminos) 
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil* 
1-2 tablespoons Extra/Virgin Coconut Oil 
1 tablespoon unpasteurized lemon juice or fresh squeezed organic lemon 
Sea salt to taste 
Ground pepper to taste 
(*Do not substitute. Sesame oil is a key ingredient in authentic miyeok guk. It adds a nutty flavor with a hint of sweetness when it blends with miyeok.)  

Soak the dried Alaria seaweeds for about 30 minutes (in enough water to cover them). Rinse and drain. Soak again in water and lemon juice. Let stand another 15 minutes. Rinse 2 or 3 times, squeezing or kneading after each rinse (as if you are working with bread dough) to remove excess salt used in the drying process and rinse off any hidden sand. Drain well and cut with scissors, into bite sizes.  

In a large pot, sauté the onions, carrots, sesame oil, soy sauce and garlic for 4 to 5 minutes over medium heat. Add the seaweeds and saute for 5 more minutes. Add more coconut oil if needed. Add water and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat to medium/low and boil for 20-30 minutes. 
If using mussels, drop them in. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Boil for an additional 5 minutes.  

Beef variation: You can make the broth first and add the sautéed miyeok (seaweed) and then boil for 15 minutes over medium heat.  For the quicker version, cut the beef into thin bite size pieces and sauté with the miyeok. Add water and boil for 20 minutes over medium heat.

Makes 4-5 servings

Our Biological Ocean Connections

Our Biological Ocean Connections
If women knew that using whole, raw, brown kelp, as a food, in a bath or bodywrap or facial, would provide them with enough bio-available vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential amino acids, polysaccharide sugars, protein, fibre and strengthen the immune system, prevent & help to treat all cancers, irregular menstrual cycles, fibroids, ovarian cysts, infertility, fibro-cystic breast disease, menopausal problems, hormonal imbalance, water retention, emotional freak-outs, chills and hot flashes, fatigue, lack of lubrication, loss of calcium & general irritability, they would use it everyday.