Did you know over 40% of Americans suffer from a thyroid condition? (According to www.suite101.com). About 80% are women, and another 80% of all men and women have hypothyroid (meaning, the organ is underactive – which is also the kind that can easily cause an individual to gain weight). I am guessing the statistics are more or less the same on Canada.
Other than weight gain or loss (hyperthyroid), there are many unpleaseant symptoms, including hair loss, increase/decrease in appetite, cold feet and hands, dry skin, and more.
Do you have a thyroid condition? Have you been taking synthetic and chemical-filled medication to treat it? Well here is one of many ways you can help treat a thyroid problem – naturally.
I have had a thyroid condition for almost ten years – and by the time I hit the ten year mark at the end of 2012, I aim to be off the prescribed medication. What will I do instead? Ensure I get what I need from natural sources of iodine, and natural herbs that can be used as tonics to rejuvenate and support the organs in the body.
On a raw food diet, iodine is primarily found in sea vegetables, such as kelp, dulse, nori, wakame, etc. You need to consume this is high amounts, which is a why someone I met recently advised me to try Sea Kelp tablets. Sea vegetables are very salty by nature, so opting for the tablets is an excellent way to ensure you are getting the iodine you need without overwhelming your digestive system with salt, which can cause a host of health problems, including bloating and holding onto excessive weight as a result. These are available online and at some health food stores.
As for herbs, I’m making it a point to use Ashwaghanda and Kappikachu everyday in my smoothies – although the later is used to keep stress levels low and to increase the good energy in my body and mind. You can usually get these at most health food stores.
If you’re new to raw foods or want to start adding iodine into your diet by eating foods that are full of it, check out this recipe. It’s fast, easy, super delicious, and you can make any sauce you like (tomato marinara, pesto, raw vegan parmesean cheese, etc.)
Ready to whip up this awesome treat for yourself? Don’t worry, your kids will love this too! Click on the video below for the simple process.
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