Kelp for Cellulite

Harvested from the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and from the Sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Japan, kelp is the common name for a variety of species of brownish-green seaweed that can grow to over 100’ in length. High in vitamin B12, which is typically only found in meats or animal products, kelp is nutritionally important in Japanese, Norwegian, and Scottish diets. It is also very high in iodine, and may initially stimulate an underactive thyroid and the digestive system. This may increase metabolic rates, lower fat deposits, and decrease estrogen levels in the blood—all of which could be therapeutic to those experiencing cellulite.13

  • Suggested dosage: Although kelp has been reported to be helpful with reducing the appearance of cellulite, experts caution that you limit your kelp intake to one two ounce serving a week because of its extremely high iodine content. Iodine is often deficient in those suffering from thyroid dysfunction, but too much iodine can actually induce hypothyroidism.13
  • Precautions: Because of kelp’s high iodine content, people with hypothyroidism or cardiac problems and pregnant women should not consume kelp or take kelp supplements.13
 


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