Sea Vegetables

Getting your daily nutrients from herbs

Whole herb nutrition from Crystal Star® formulas

Ounce per ounce, along with sea plants, whole herbs are the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. The nutrients in whole herbs are what makes them therapeutic foods. Our bodies often only require the gentle nutrient boost from whole herbs to maintain vibrant health.

Why choose whole herbs for your daily nutrients?

• Bioavailability. University studies document that food complex minerals are up to 25 times more bioavailable than inorganic (non-food) mineral sources. Non-food mineral supplements may show higher milligram amounts on product labels, but very little (in some cases, less than 1%) is actually absorbed by the body. Excesses are flushed out or, in the case of calcium, excesses can become lodged in tissues or recirculated through the bloodstream. Further, inorganic vitamin and mineral supplements are often derived from industrial chemicals like petroleum by-products. Whole herb source nutrients are much less affected by these contaminants.

• Balance. In a healthy body, nutrient levels remain in a delicate balance. Large fluctuations in one mineral can cause depletion in others by reducing absorption in the intestines. Copper deficiency and anemia can occur as a result of zinc overload. Herbal zinc sources like echinacea and the blue green algae, spirulina, do not have this effect and help replenish zinc stores. Many nutrients only work optimally as they occur in natural food complexes. Evidence from two double-blind studies suggests that isolated, synthetic beta carotene can elevate lung cancer risk in smokers. Beta carotene from carrots, dandelion greens and sea plants does not have this effect, and offers a superior spectrum of nutrients, like vitamin C, alpha carotene, lutein and zeaxanthine.

Whole herb supplements for daily nutrition needs:

Energy Green Drink Mix: the ultimate herbal multiple. This combination supplies vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes needed to promote natural sustained energy and vitality. *

Ocean Minerals Caps: iodine, potassium and silica from the sea for beautiful skin, hair and nails. An excellent choice for thyroid support and mineral nutrition. *

Also available in convenient, high potency liquid extracts:

Calcium Magnesium Source Extract: delivers highly absorbable calcium, magnesium. *

Iodine Source Extract:  iodine, potassium and silica from the sea for beautiful skin, hair and nails. An excellent choice for thyroid support and mineral nutrition. *

Iron Source extract: non-constipating herbal iron.  *

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A hot seaweed bath uses the sea for cleansing and health

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Seaweed baths are Nature’s perfect body/psyche balancer. Remember how good you feel after an ocean walk? Seaweeds purify and balance the ocean — they can do the same for your body. A hot seaweed bath is like a wet-steam sauna, only better, because the sea greens balance body chemistry instead of dehydrating it. The electromagnetic action of the seaweed releases excess body fluids from congested cells, and dissolves fatty wastes through the skin, replacing them with depleted minerals, especially potassium and iodine. Iodine boosts thyroid activity, so food fuels are used before they can turn into fatty deposits. Vitamin K in seaweeds boosts adrenal activity, meaning that a seaweed bath can help maintain hormone balance for a more youthful body.Taking a seaweed bath even once a week stimulates lymphatic drainage and fat burning so you can keep off excess weight, reduce cellulite and rid your body of toxins.

Dried seaweeds are available in most health food stores or try my Hot Seaweed Bath.  Here is how to take a this type of bath.

Whichever form you choose, run very hot water over the seaweed in a tub, filling it to the point that you will be covered when you recline. The water will turn rich brown as the plants release their minerals. Add an aromatherapy bath oil if desired, to help hold the heat in and boost your cleansing program. Let the bath cool enough to get in. As you soak, the gel from the seaweed will transfer onto your skin. This coating increases perspiration to release system toxins, and replaces them with minerals by osmosis. Rub your skin with the seaweed during the bath to stimulate circulation, smooth the body, and remove wastes coming out on the skin surface. When the seaweeds have done their work, the gel coating dissolves and floats off the skin, and the seaweeds shrivel - a sign that the bath is over. Each bath varies with the individual, the seaweeds used, and water temperature, but the gel coating release is a natural timekeeper for the bath. Forty-five minutes is usually long enough to balance body pH, encourage liver activity and fat metabolism. Skin tone, color, and circulatory improvement are almost immediately noticeable. After your bath, try a capsule of cayenne and ginger to assimilate the seaweed minerals.

To Life-long health, Linda Page