Today I would like to share one of my favorite ways to enrich my food with more minerals!
Minerals are often called the “spark plugs to life,” due to their role as required co-factors for thousands of enzyme reactions throughout your body. Natural sea salts are an amazing source of trace minerals (there are over 82 recorded minerals in some salt varieties!) The mineral sodium is very crucial to fluid balance in the body. Salting your food to taste is usually the best way to meet your body’s needs, because you let your cravings be your guide. If you have adrenal fatigue or if you are under high stress, you often lose an increased amount of sodium through your urine, which causes dehydration. Salting your food, or a pinch of salt in water is a good way to replenish electrolytes and help your body stay hydrated (as sodium helps your body hold onto water).
Another AMAZING source of minerals is dulse (seaweed). Dulse is rich in iodine, B vitamins, iron, chromium, and potassium. It also contains smaller amounts of vitamin C, A, and E . Iodine is especially crucial to your thyroid gland, making it instrumental in supporting your metabolism. If you’re not sure about your iodine status, you can do this simple 24 hour test at home to help you determine if you could benefit from adding small amounts of naturally occurring iodine to your diet.
With dulse, you can easily grind it up into a fine power (vitamix or coffee grinder works great), and add it to your salt, which provides a simple way to spread more mineral rich love over your food. You can find my favorite brand of dulse right here.
Extra credit: If you’re looking for even more ways to increase the minerals in your diet, try making DIY multivitamin in the form of a daily nettle/oatstraw infusion!