Adjusting your diet to include whole foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains may add years to your life. Extending your life and improving your health through healthy eating and regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for yourself. If you set out to lose weight though, you might need to check your nutrient intake if you have hit a plateau. For many people there are a variety of factors that come into play when weight loss is concerned. A healthy metabolism is a key factor in weight management and overall health.
Some people who try to reach their goal weight are halted due to hypothyroidism, or under active thyroid function. An under active thyroid can slow your metabolism and reduce fat burn dramatically, increase water retention and leave you feeling sluggish. This disorder can cause weight gain, poor complexion, fatigue, irritability and other negative symptoms. If you have an under active thyroid gland you can support the healthy functioning of the thyroid to promote optimal metabolism by adding more iodine to your diet. Because your thyroid cannot function without this essential trace mineral, if you have a deficiency of iodine in your diet you might develop hypothyroidism, resulting in weight gain. Many people suffer from iodine deficiency and even though supplements are available to maintain the recommended daily intake, the best source of iodine comes from natural, whole food sources.
Doctors have recommended kelp, and seaweed snacks as a way of increasing daily iodine intake to maintain a healthy metabolism, and proper thyroid function. And even if you don’t have a thyroid problem, weight loss and maintaining your healthy weight may be a little easier with optimized thyroid functioning. Iodine offers other health benefits too! Did you know that iodine is also an anti-inflammatory? By reducing inflammation in body tissues, iodine is also able to help improve insulin balance, and fat burning. Since iodine also supports cellular sensitivity to a range of hormones including insulin, it may improve insulin sensitivity to result in reduced fat storage and improved overall health.
Want to get a little more Iodine in your diet? Here are some tasty treats that are easy to grab on-the-go or just for a salty snack any time.
SeaSnax Roasted Seaweed, Classic Olive. They contain no MSG, are fat free and low in calories. Plus they’re gluten free and a good source of vitamins and minerals.
Annie Chun’s Roasted Sesame Seaweed Snacks. A delicious snack made from Korean seaweed, roasted to perfection with a dash of wasabi powder for a savory, classic flavor. Try some now, shop here!
Sea’s Gift Korean Seaweed Snack, Kim Nori, Roasted and Sea Salt. A toasted seaweed snack that’s all natural, and contains no MSG and no sugar. Made from Korean (NORI) seaweed roasted with a touch of natural sea salt. A true gift from the sea!