Amy After

Tips, motivation & advice for a gluten-free lifestyle

February 2014 archive

Lower Sodium and Faster Metabolism

One Sunday about a month ago I was driving to the airport to catch a flight. It was 6:00am and still dark outside and I pretty much had the road all to myself. I’d been driving for an hour and was getting drowsy so I switched the radio to a station where a holistic nutritionist was being interviewed. This topic perked me up and I sat up straighter and really “tuned” in. I got so into the show that I drove twenty minutes past my exit to the airport! I barely made my flight with only seconds to spare!

What was the topic on the radio that was so interesting, you ask?

Seaweed!

The nutritional expert was pointing out  how crutial it is to ingest enough iodine – as our thyroid glands must have it to give us proper metabolism, energy & elevated mood (among a laundry list of other things, but you know keeping my metabolism going is my first concern!) I have not used iodized table salt in long time and it tastes disgusting to me now. I switched to sea salt instead which tastes great but has no iodine.  There are some foods which contain some iodine but the best, easiest and most sure way that we are getting enough is with seaweed.

As soon as I got  back into town I went to the health food store and bought a little bottle of Dulse Granules. I sprinkle a little bit of it on my dinner and I’m good! It does taste salty and I can taste that it is seaweed, but I like the flavor very much. And in only one teaspoon there is 220% of the recommended daily allowance of iodine!