Our intestines have evolved into a perfect microbial farm. We provide these microbes with a furnished home and plenty of food; in return, they produce beneficial nutrients and help defend us from pathogens. About a thousand years ago, our ancestors began to experimenting with fermenting their own foods with beneficial strains to prevent spoilage, fight infections, and increase absorption of nutrients. This action further allied our bodies with the microbial world.
The digestive system can/will slow down if not properly stimulated. By chewing less, using soft food, being in a rush, and watching TV. The problems with soft food and bad eating habits are that it might not challenge the digestive system needed to break down fibre and encourage the gut to squeeze it along.
Over dependence on land-based food sources and lack of fibre often lead to deficiencies in micronutrients and trace elements. Good nutrition will enhance the structure and function of all organs in our bodies. Our brains, muscles, hearts, arteries, joints, bones, skin, hair, hormones, immune system, vision, digestion, kidneys, liver will carry out their jobs much better.
Metabolically, our lipids, and sugars can be optimised, thus providing more overall energy, minimize weight problems, and improve sleep. These nutrients improve mental function, and memory. They reduce depression, harmful effects of stress, and mood swings. Stimulation of the digestion, allows a better assimilation of sugars and fats, thereby reducing the level of cholesterol.
The ancient people where well aware of the health protective properties of seaweed (sea vegetables). Nutrients in sea vegetation help cleanse the colon and improve digestion and absorption. A study of faecal flora in the Japanese diet versus the Western diet showed significant differences in the numbers of beneficial aerobic (oxygen-loving) organisms in faecal flora. This is believed to be due to the antibiotic activity of seaweed that destroys harmful anaerobic bacteria.
Seaweed helps to assist in proper thyroid metabolism and greater overall circulation. While seaweed itself does not prevent or cure any type of disease, a large body of research suggests that it may improve the digestion system that your overworked immune system so badly needs in today's polluted, toxic world.
A weak gut can enflame easily from spicy foods, resulting in limits to the variety you can eat, loss of taste, and the enjoyment of good food. Use a wide variety of food in the diet, both from a nutritional point of view, but also to maintain a healthy interest in food.
Many classes of functional foods have now been identified. Probiotics and prebiotics and seaweed do affect the bacterial flora that lives in the gut and helps to protect against infections. Probiotics are live cultures, such as yoghurt, that can survive the stomach acids and change the composition of the gut flora.
Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. You must eat enough food to get sufficient minerals and vitamins needed to fight heart disease, stroke, some cancers, obesity, osteoporosis, and arthritis. The human body has only a limited number of storage capabilities. For example fat, protein and some others. Unfortunately that does not go for most minerals and water.
Water born and living in the sea life forms had an abundance of dissolved minerals at hand it was no problem gets them from the surrounding water. When plant and animals and subsequent humans did start to live on the land that all did change.
Plants do need minerals as animals and humans but uptake and need is not the same. Malnutrition is one of the big problems in the ageing and ever growing population. ·
Iodine prevents the proliferation of harmful bacteria in the stomach. Iodine removes the toxic halogens fluoride and bromide if the ph is alkaline. Consuming high iodine doses should, of course be coupled with a complete nutritional program that includes adequate amounts of selenium, Magnesium, and Omega-3 fatty acids. However all are abundantly present in seaweed.