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Carrot Seaweed Salad – protects against Radiation

Antioxidant has become a buzz word these last couple years as scientists discover a greater variety and determine how they help the body. Antioxidants are compounds – not just vitamins and minerals – that help protect cells from free radical damage.

One of the biggest source of free radical damage is radiation – in any form. The thyroid gland needs iodine, which is seriously lacking in our diet – and no the table salt that is iodized is not the same. The thyroid gland needs iodine and cannot determine good iodine from bad iodine. Seaweeds provide the greatest abundance of iodine compared to any other land plant or animal.

According to Dr. Ryan Drum “Eating 3-5 grams of most dried, unrinsed seaweeds will provide the RDA of 100-150 micrograms.” To have optimum health and protection from radiation it is recommended to eat 5-15 grams of seaweed (1/2 – 1 oz) a week at a ratio of 2:1 of brown (Kelps, Kombu, Wakame, Hijiki, Arame) to red (Nori, Dulse) seaweeds.

Arame is part of the kelp family, which provides the highest amount of iodine, and is one of the easiest to incorporate into your diet as it does not have a strong taste or smell, which can turn some people off.

A great snacking seaweed is the Bull Kelp. It will satisfy and salty crispy snack craving without being over powering. Another easy one is Nori which are found in sheets used in sushi.

Most people have grown up with the classic carrot salad of shredded carrots with raisins that were soaked in orange juice. This is another simple recipe that helps incorporate seaweed that is addresses the mineral deficiencies our regular diet has.

Remember – radiation is cumulative.

Carrot Seaweed Salad

1 cup shredded organic carrots

1 cup arame seaweed, soaked 10 mins and drained

1/3 cup hemp hearts

1/4 cup olive oil

1 1/2 tsp crushed rosemary

Toss the shredded carrots, arame seaweed and hemp hearts together. Mix the olive oil and rosemary together and pour over mixture. Serves 2 as a side or 1 for a meal.

Sources:

http://www.ryandrum.com/seaweeds.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11361018

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11684387

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Radiation, Thyroid and Seaweed

Given what is happening within the world today, I wanted to make sure as many people as possible knew this and would like you to pass it on.

Radiation is always around us now. Whether it is from cell phones, wireless phones,computers, light bulbs, anything that is plugged in. We are also exposed to radiation from the sun, more so when we fly during the day. And now, as the earth breaksdown, our nuclear plants, with their dirty energy, leaks into the atmosphere and our water systems. We are being bombarded. Quartz stones on your person and around your home, along with grounding to the earth, will help lessen the exposure.

The thyroid is the considered the shield of the body. In the US alone, approximately 27 million people of some sort of thyroid condition. These people are approximately 3/4 women to 1/4 men. It does affect children too. Why? We have a very stressful world, at all ages, and we do not eat food that nourishes and protects the body.

Seaweed is very high in minerals, which we dearly lack. Seaweed, especially kelp (also known as bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus)) is very beneficial for the thyroid, among other things. Kelp is the highest in iodine and phenolic compounds. It is important to eat a minimum of 2 oz of seaweed a week. Seaweed, especially kelp, helps protect against radiation and helps heal and protect the thyroid.

When the atomic bombs fell on Nagasaki and Hiroshima, it was devestating. The foods that helped with the Japanese peoples’ recovery was there consumption of seaweed and miso soup. It has been showned that the polysaccharides in various seaweeds actually hinder the growth of cancer cells.

The benefit of miso soup is the fermentation. Fermented foods along with seaweed is very beneficial and supportive and protective to the body as a whole.

If you would like more information, recipes on how to incorporate seaweed into your diet, or help with how to test for thyroid conditions, please email me rhoni@foodandyou.ca