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Is Seaweed Good For Candida or The Gut?

August 30, 2019

Hi, there. Eric Bakker, naturopath from New Zealand. Thank you for coming back and looking at my
video. We’re going to talk about seaweed and candida. I really like seaweed as part of a natural
diet, and I think, in my opinion, most people would really benefit from eating some type
of seaweed on a regular basis. So when you think of seaweed, I think of like
the ultimate form of kale or the ultimate green vegetable to eat, because you’re looking
at a plant that’s been suspended in salt water, that attracts or takes up a lot of nutrition
from that water. And a lot of oceans, most oceans still contain
hundreds and hundreds of different types of substances in there that’d benefit our health,
especially the minerals. So the minerals that you’re going to get from
seaweed will far exceed minerals, the mineral load, you’ll get from a land-based plant,
grown in a soil. You just can’t get that kind of level of mineral,
because you’re looking at plant that’s suspended in water, 24-7. It’s basically constantly in touch with the
salt water, so it’s going to have a really good ability to accept and uptake a lot of
minerals, far superior than a plant-based organism would, in my opinion, anyway, where
you’ve just got the roots going into the ground. In this situation, the whole plant is going
to get loaded. So, there are many different types of seaweeds,
and many have different effects on your health, but kelp is one of the most popular ones that
you’ll be able to buy in a powder form or tablet form. It’s also quite a good source of iodine. Now, iodine is a mineral that nearly everybody
lacks, in my opinion. It’s been estimated that about 40% of most
women, for example, in developed countries, have got a low-functioning thyroid. A big part of this low function obviously
is how much work they’ve got to do these days, and how much stress they live under, and this
stress places a great demand on the adrenals and thyroid, which often pushes people into
hypothyroidism or low functioning, or in some cases hyper, depending on the personality
of that person who owns that tyroid gland. But lack of minerals is something that nearly
everybody faces today because of the way we cultivate food, and the way we eat our food,
and the type of foods we eat. So seaweed is excellent to have in your diet,
in my opinion, and ever since I did a macrobiotic cooking course over 30 years ago, I started
to incorporate Japanese sort of techniques into my cooking, including seaweed and also
sesame seed, another Japanese kind of a thing they put in their diet. But the seaweed, yeah, I really like the seaweed,
and I have many different types in my diet. We’ll have obviously the … we make sushi
up at home, so we have the nori sheets. We have also hijiki, which is long, thin,
black strands of seaweed. We have kelp. There are other forms. There is the green stuff, I’m trying to think
of the name of now, wakame, is a very nice one. You can add that to salads, or to stir fries,
or many different types of dishes. So many people with candida or gut issues
have a thyroid problem. It’s no surprise. Many of them have hypothyroidism, so supplying
iodine to that person, you’re increasing their ability for the body to make T4 and T3 thyroid
hormones, because these things are made up out of iodine. You can’t have thyroid hormone function without
iodine. So I recommend that you look into some seaweed
into your diet, and if you don’t want to put it in your cooking, then just get some tablets
or use the powder in a smoothie, and that should do the trick quite nicely. So, yes, I’m definitely fan for seaweed when
it comes to people with yeast or gut issues. Thanks for the question.

1 Comment

  • Reply omraz 786 May 13, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Would u recommend sea moss and bladderwrack powder can u do a vid on these thanks

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