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Can Kelp and Other Sea Greens Help You Lose Weight?

written by: BStone • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 5/20/2011

What are the benefits of kelp for weight loss? Eating kelp and other sea greens can be beneficial for shedding excess weight.

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    Eating Sea Greens

    Fresh Kelp Sea vegetables, like dark leafy greens, are wonderful sources of nutrition, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and very low in calories. Eating sea greens such as kelp, wakame and nori on a regular basis is a wonderful way to boost overall well-being, promote thyroid health, reduce harmful toxins in the body and support healing and cleansing. A diet that contains kelp and other sea greens may also help you lose weight and reduce cellulite. Sea vegetables are not the ultimate solution for fat accumulation, but they are a helpful part of a healthy diet and exercise program for weight loss. Why not add a few sea vegetables to your diet?

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    Potential Weight Loss Benefits

    How can kelp, arame, kombu and other greens promote weight loss? Why would they be beneficial for someone who is trying to lose weight? First of all sea vegetables are concentrated sources of nutrients, including vitamin C and K, folate, iodine, iron, calcium and magnesium. Eating a serving is an easy way to boost nutrition, for only a handful of calories, nourishing without weighing the body down (a quarter cup serving of kelp contains eight calories).

    Sea greens also tend to be very high in iodine, an essential mineral for a healthy thyroid. The thyroid gland regulates metabolism. Nourishing this gland is important for maintaining normal metabolism, particularly as the body ages.

    Containing both fiber and algin, sea greens are great for eliminating waste from the body. Algin is high in mucilage and forms a gel when exposed to water. In this way it creates bulk, promoting regular, healthy bowel movements. Algin also stimulates lymphatic drainage, which is beneficial for removing waste from cells and discouraging cellulite.

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    Sea Vegetables as Part of a Weight Loss Program

    Kelp can be helpful for weight loss, but it can only do so much. Adding sea vegetables to your diet and regularly eating them can help by promoting and supporting the body's own metabolism of food and release of waste. It is still important to eat a well-balanced diet and to get regular exercise. Consuming sea greens is one of the many things that one can do for weight loss, but more importantly adding them to the diet is a way to improve overall well-being. So rich in nutrients, from antioxidants to trace minerals, this food is helpful for bone health, disease Homemade Sushi prevention and even for hair, skin and nails.

    Add kelp and other sea vegetables to your diet by topping dishes with dried sea greens, making homemade sushi with nori sheets or having a daily bowl of miso soup with a teaspoon of dried wakame flakes. Add cooked greens to salads with a soy-citrus vinaigrette and use a small amount to add flavor and nutrition to slow simmering stews and beans.

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    References

    World's Healthiest Foods. Sea vegetables

    Page, Linda. "Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone, 11th Edition" (Traditional Wisdom, 2003).

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