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5 Seaweeds That Enrich Your Diet and The Most Convenient, Tasty Way to Enjoy Them!

5 Seaweeds That Enrich Your Diet


Discover the amazing health benefits of this ancient PowerFood. Sea  vegetables have a broad range of   medicinal uses and have been used in spas and therapeutic baths for ages.

Popular misconception: Seaweeds are fishy tasting.

Properly harvested, dried, and stored seaweeds do not acquire a fishy  taste.

Seaweeds  are high in nutrients and in general contain more minerals than vegetables,  meat, milk or eggs.

MINERALS: Sea vegetables are excellent sources of most   minerals, especially potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur,  nitrogen, iron, zinc, boron, copper, manganese, chromium, selenium,  bromine,  vanadium and nickel.

VITAMINS: Most sea vegetables are excellent sources of the   known vitamins (A, Bs, especially B12, C, D, E, and K) as well as essential  fatty acids.

I will introduce 5 wild seaweeds that we harvest in our area of  North Coastal BC Canada.


1) Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana)

Nereo: Greek meaning mermaid  Cystis: Greek meaning bladder

Common names: Bullwhip Kelp, Ribbon Kelp, Sea Kelp

Taste: when dry it has fresh salty ocean taste.

How to use in food:

Bull Kelp (once dried) is one of the tastiest seaweeds. It’s fine and   tender, easy to eat, and no cooking or soaking is required. It is usually used  as a seasoning, sprinkled into foods such as salads, soups, quinoa, rice, pasta etc.  Also, try enjoying kelp as a salty  snack. It is on my list of favorite condiments.


Rich in calcium, magnesium, sodium, iodine, potassium, bromine, phosphorus,  iron, bulk fiber, vitamin B complex, and vitamins A, C, D, E, and K.

Medicinal uses:

Treats Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), hyperactivity, insomnia, depression,  hostility, schizophrenia, mineral depletion, heartburn, and improves electrical  nerve flow and fibromyalgia.

Baths and Spa uses:

Place a handful of kelp in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a Seaweed facial.


3) Kombu (laminaria spp.*) includes L. digitata

Laminaria means thin leaf, digitata means finger

Common names: broadleaf kelp, devil’s apron, horsetail kelp,  finger kelp

Taste: When dry kombu has a salty, natural monosodium  glutamate taste. It is tough and once you chew it, it becomes slimy. Kombu  tastes best when cooked.

How to use in food:

Chop into bite size pieces and cook with your rice, quinoa, stews, and beans  (improves digestibility), shred and pickle, or roast and crumble on food.

Add a peace of Kombu (or Wakame) to beans at they cook.  This will make the beans easier to digest and  stop gas.


High in iodine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, sodium,  chromium,  protein, mannitol, phosphorus, alginate, fucoidan, laminarin, carotene,  phytohormones, vitamin A, C, D, E, K and B complex vitamins.

Medicinal Uses of Kombu:

Anti-viral, relieves sore joints and muscles, lowers high blood pressure,  improves sleep, heals tissue, treats certain thyroid problems, aids weight loss,  and inhibits tumors.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of Kombu in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (Algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a Seaweed facial.


3) Bladderwrack (Fucus spp.*) includes F. gardneri F.  Vesiculosus

Fucus: greek for seaweed. Bladder, because the seaweed’s air filled bulbs  resemble “bladders.” And, wrack comes from the Old English meaning:  seaweed

Common names: pop weed, rock weed.

Taste: when dry it has a fresh oyster taste with a hint of  iodine. Very flavorful.

How to use in food:

Make a mineral and iodine-rich broth, cook into rice, quinoa, seafood  chowders, soups, and stews. Or, soak, chop, and cook into stir fry.


Rich in iodine, calcium, potassium, protein, mannitol, phosphorus, alginate,  fucoidan, phytohormones, laminarin, vitamins A, C, D, E, K and B complex  vitamins.

Medicinal Uses of Bladderwrack:

Stimulates the thyroid, detoxifies, aids in weight loss, helps fibromyalgia,  reduces fatigue, strengthens bones, and reduces inflammation. Bladderwrack also improves  mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, and improves memory.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of Bladderwrack in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot  bath. Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (Algin) will be released in bath water. Add  gel to face for a Seaweed facial.

pacific kelp seaweed benefits

4) Giant Kelp (Macrocystis integrifolia), Greek meaning  Macro large cystis bladder

Common names: Pacific kelp, brown kelp

Taste: when dry, mild salty taste

How to use in food:

Cook into soups, rice, quinoa, stews, beans, fish chowder. Or, cut into thin strips  and add to stir frys. For a snack, toast kelp in a hot frying pan with no oil.  It takes only seconds and you can eat it like a chip!


High in algin, mannitol, potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium, sulfur,  nitrogen, iron, zinc, boron, copper, manganese, chromium,  selenium, bromine,  vanadium, nickel, vitamin A, B vitamins (especially B12), C, D, E, and K, as  well as essential fatty acids.

Medicinal Uses of Macrocystis:

Supports a healthy thyroid, regulates hormones and metabolism, supports the  immune system, provides antioxidants, and keeps your heart healthy.

Baths and Spas uses:

Place a handful of macro in a piece of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath.  Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin) will be released in bath water. Add gel  to face for a seaweed facial.

5) Wakame (Alaria spp.*) includes (Alaria marginata)

Alaria is Greek for wing and wakame is Japanese for young girl.

Common names: winged kelp

Taste: when dry, salty, savoury taste

How to use in food:

Eat as a snack right out of the bag. Chop and cook into rice and quinoa,  soups, casseroles, stews, beans, and toast. Or, grind with a coffee mill and  sprinkle flakes on salads, sandwiches, rice, etc.

Nutrition: high in calcium, protein, iron, magnesium,  sodium,  phosphorus, potassium, chromium, zinc, iodine. Rich in B complex  vitamins, vitamin A, C, and K.

Medicinal Uses of Wakame: Discourages tumors, Detoxifying,  Aids  congestion, Lowers blood pressure, Nourishing to the liver, Purifies the   blood, Prevents arteriosclerosis, Healthy for the skin and hair etc.

Baths and Spas uses: Place a handful of Wakame in a piece  of cotton. Tie closed. Toss in hot bath. Squeeze gently and seaweed gel (algin)  will be released in bath water. Add gel to face for a Seaweed facial.

Enjoy your Sea Vegetables! This article is meant for information  only. Consult a medical professional regarding medical problems and before  making any major  changes in your diet.


Ryan Drum, PhD, AHG Website:

Valerie Cooksley, RN, Author of Seaweed

(Nature’s Secret to Balancing Your Metabolism, Fighting Disease and  Revitalizing Body & Soul)

Louis Druehl, Professor and Author of Pacific Seaweeds (a  guide to common seaweeds of the West Coast)


By Louise Gaudet/ Certified Wildcrafter and Owner  of BC KELP (wild sea  vegetables)

Would you like to know the most convenient was to eat your Sea Vegetables?  Leesa recommends a tasty and convenient way to eat and benefit from Sea Vegetables … Chews4Health! Chews4Health contains Dulse, Kelp, Bladderwrack, and Nori!  Chews taste like a raspberry sweet tart to me! So delicious and so good for you! 

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Foods That Benefit Your Thyroid

Foods That Benefit Your Thyroid

Located above your windpipe is a small gland that affects virtually every organ system in your body. This includes your brain, heart, intestines, and the quality of your skin. Your thyroid gland and the hormone it produces, is the energy source that runs your body. When your thyroid gland is compromised your metabolism slows, you feel fatigued and cold, your concentration is off, your hair thins, you gain weight, and your skin becomes dry. It may be a small gland, but when it does not get the nutrients it needs there can be powerful repercussions.

Medical research has confirmed that iodine is responsible for the formation of the thyroid hormones T1, T2, T3, and T4. Without sufficient iodine, the thyroid can produce only limited amounts of these hormones. The best way to support your thyroid is to eat a balanced whole foods diet, one that includes iodine, which can be found in foods harvested from the sea: fish, shell fish and sea salt; but the best source of iodine are the sea vegetables, kelp, dulse, arame, and hijiki to name a few. Earl Mindell recommends using kelp in his book, Vitamin Bible for the Twenty-First Century. He writes that, “Kelp has a normalizing effect on the thyroid gland. In other words, thin people with thyroid trouble can gain weight by using kelp, and obese people can lose weight with it.”

An excess of iodine in ones diet can be as detrimental as not getting enough iodine, cautions Anne Marie Colbin, author of  Food and Healing. “Considering that we are already ingesting large qualities of this mineral because of its presence in fertilizers and table salt, the situation (your iodine level) definitely bears watching.”

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Your thyroid gland also requires the amino acid, tyrosine, which is found in:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Eggs
  • Bananas

Other nutrients needed by the thyroid include:
Selenium: whole grains, tuna, herring, wheat germ, sesame seeds, Brazil nuts.
Zinc: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, seafood, organ meats, eggs, beans, whole grains, mushrooms, soybeans, wheat germ.
Copper: beets, molasses, beans, whole grains, nuts, seafood, raisins.
Manganese: nuts, seeds, whole grains, seaweed, leafy greens, legumes, egg yolk, pineapples.
B vitamins: shellfish, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese.
Vitamins A: carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, dark leafy greens, eggs, yogurt, kefir, fish oils.
Vitamin C: berries, fruit, green vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes.
Vitamin D: salmon, fatty fish, eggs, sunshine, fish oils.
Vitamin E: nuts, seeds, eggs, organ meats, whole grains, wheat germ, molasses, sweet potatoes, leafy greens.

(Leesa recommends supplementing your diet with Chews4Health.  Chews4Health contains 4 varieties of sea vegetables – Dulse, Kelp, Bladderwack, and Nori along with Goji, Acai, Mangosteen, Noni, B-12, Resveratrol, Folic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Pomegranate, Blueberry, Cranberry, Raspberry to create an all powerful antioxidant blend that tastes delicious!

Be sure to include the Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids in your diet in the form of flax and/or fish oils. Eating sufficient protein with each meal will help improve and normalize your metabolism, and this can aid in normalizing your thyroid function. It is important to note that protein is needed to transport thyroid hormone through the bloodstream to all your tissues.

Thyroid Blockers

  • The over abundance of polyunsaturated oils in the standard American diet can interfere with thyroid function.
  • Unsaturated oils block thyroid secretion and can inhibit thyroid hormones’ movement through the circulatory system.
  • Fluoride found in toothpaste and city water can leech iodine from the body.
  • The heavy metal mercury can displace selenium, a nutrient necessary for the critical conversion of thyroid hormone T4 to T3.

by Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 28 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia’s credentials include author, holistic health counselor, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia’s blogs: and To view her website go to

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