Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kelp- the weight loss wonder!!!

I just recently bought a bottle of Kelp from a local health store. It's hard to believe that it has taken me this long to break down and buy a bottle, considering the numerous health benefits. Many people know of Kelp supplements for their Iodine content, which helps to regulate the thyroid gland. If your thyroid is not working properly(underactive), it can lead to weight gain, moodiness, cold hands and feet, tiredness all the time, etc.. This can be a pretty big contributor to why a lot of people gain weight. It is a great source of minerals and vitamins, especially B vitamins which are associated with energy and metabolism. It's good for brain health, hair loss, obesity, ulcers, and the list goes on.

Hypothyroidism is caused by an underproduction of thyroid hormones. The main purpose of thyroid hormone is to run the body's metabolism. This condition is more common than you may think. In fact, more than 5 million Americans suffer from it, and about 10% of all women have some degree of hypothyroidism. Symptoms include-
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (can't tolerate the cold like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido
Of course, if you suspect you have an underactive thyroid, it is recommended that you get tested by a physician to know for sure. For a quick self test, take your temperature immediately upon waking every morning for a week. Be sure to do it right away before you move around and be still and quiet, so you get an accurate reading. If your temperature is consistently below 97.6 degrees you may have thyroid issues. My temperature generally tends to be 94-95 degrees when I don't use natural supplements to help keep it in check.

Regardless of whether or not you have an actual thyroid problem, I would still recommend trying a Kelp supplement. It will help correct any mineral deficiencies in the body and ensure that your metabolism keeps running smoothly! They are usually pretty cheap, you can get them for about $3 at most health stores, so it's a pretty cheap "weight loss pill".

So as far as that magic pill that'll give you more energy and help you lose weight, Kelp would be up there in the rankings for effectiveness.

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