Hectic modern lifestyles can leave you exhausted. Turning to coffee and sugar might initially perk you up, but is usually swiftly followed by an inevitable energy crash.
In contrast, choosing the health benefits of seaweed is a simple way to feel alert and more energetic throughout the day. Let us explain how Mara Seaweed can reduce tiredness as part of a healthy eating regime.
Enjoy slow release energy from extra fibre at breakfast
Seaweed is a rich source of dietary fibre. Because fibre slows the digestion of food, it can help smooth out sudden spikes in blood sugar that may occur after a low-fibre meal.
Dietary fibre also keeps you feeling fuller for longer, reducing the desire to snack. Helpful for healthy eating, if you find it hard to refuse the office biscuits.
Try baking homemade bread with seaweed for breakfast or sprinkle 2 tsp of Shony on your porridge for a full-on fibre fest first thing.
A little seaweed can liven up a smoothie - and energise you too
Swap coffee and sugary drinks for smoothies
Several minerals and elements in seaweed also help to keep blood sugar levels steady, reducing the onset of tiredness.
- Fucoidan, a compound found mainly in brown seaweed like kombu, helps to slow the infusion of glucose from your intestines to your blood.
- Seaweed contains the micro-mineral chromium, which is essential for helping the body use glucose correctly.
- Seaweed also contains a a low-glycemic sugar called mannitol which creates sweetness without raising blood sugar levels.
Enjoy a low-sugar smoothie made with avocado or bananas and 1 tsp Shony seaweed as mid-morning or afternoon pick me up.
Simple but effective: a little Furikake on hummus goes a long way
Get more from your evenings with Mara Seaweed at dinner
Red seaweed such as dulse is a great source of iron, which helps to transport oxygen around the body. More oxygen in the blood means fewer yawns and less fatigue. Seaweed is also high in vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron from food. Find out more.
Try sprinkling a pinch of Furikake on hummus or add 2-3 tsp of dulse to a bean chilli for dinner. The leftovers are perfect for a filling lunch.
Give your metabolism a helping hand with iodine
If your body can better process your food you’ll benefit from the sustained energy boost. Seaweed is high in iodine, which helps the thyroid gland in your neck produce hormones that stabilise your metabolism.
Many people are iodine deficient and don’t even know it. By eating a little seaweed each day they can improve their metabolic rate. Try Mara Seaweed's Kombu flakes or powders in scrambled eggs, on roast veg and fish and feel the difference.
Thanks to its numerous health benefits, seaweed can help to create a sustained energy release throughout the day. By regularly consuming seaweed you can feel more alert and less fatigued, so try Mara Seaweed as part of a healthy eating routine in 2017. Let us know how you get on in the comments.