SPIRULINA ~ The most complete food! Seaweed / algae benefits

Updated: Mar 31



I take anywhere from 4-15 tabs most days


More about Giddy-yoyo here


Algaes are super dark green and said to be among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet!


Some examples: spirulina, kelp, dulse, chlorella, nori, etc.


Are seaweeds and algae the same thing?

This is what Google says:

Seaweeds are a group of algae, and have some special characteristics viz. macroscopic, multi-cellular, benthic, and marine. ... All the seaweed species are autotrophic, whereas some algal species rely on other external food materials. Algae inhabit both freshwater and marine waters, while seaweeds inhabit only seawaters.


How can we eat them?

  • I like to take the tabs like a little vitamin. (shown above)

  • Eat sushi (the wrap is seaweed).

  • Health food stores and the natural section at grocery stores sell shakers that you can sprinkle on your meal, they will contain herbs and spices.

  • Buy the sheets and add them into cooked meals or crumble them on top of a salad.


Nutrients benefit:

  • Thyroid / energy levels

  • Hormones

  • Skin / liver / detox

  • Blood health / heart health


How can I buy it?

Other than buying it in the ethnic food section at grocery stores, algae can be purchased in supplemental form (powder, capsules).


My favourite is in tabs. Some brands have an extremely fishy smell- however the brand below, Giddy-Yoyo, is my favourite because it does not have an odor or weird burp-up effect.


Facts:


  • Algae contains greater than 50% protein by weight ~ from meat eaters to vegans we all benefit from a variety of protein sources to ensure our body has the ability to convert all the amino acids needed for optimal functioning.


  • Contains numerous vitamins including B12, iron, and vitamin D ~ we know green foods are very nutritious for us.


  • Dense source of chlorophyll & magnesium- that explains the dark green colour. Chlorophyll is a beneficial 'detoxifier' (meaning it supports our liver and evacuation processes), skin & blood builder, natural deodorant.


  • A balance of minerals including iodine ~ sea water naturally contains iodine and other minerals. Iodine is the mineral that fuels our metabolism (through the thyroid gland). Algae is one of the top food-based supplements I will recommend to my clients to assist with weight-management and detoxification.


How will algae help balance weight?

You know when you go to get your T3 & T4 checked? T=tyrosine (an amino acid) and 3= 3 iodines surrounding the tyrosine and 4 means there is 4 surrounding.


Our thyroid has trouble doing it's job when there is a lack of iodine within our diet.


Why is our iodine low?

Our soil has become depleted through mechanical & non-organic agriculture, many of us live far from the ocean and to top it all off, we eat refined foods that are void of a natural mineral balance.


Sea veggies and sea salt help to restore our mineral balance and prevent iodine deficiency- salt baths are also great for restoring balance! :)


Tips for healthy salt


Sam