Treat your body with love and respect. So, if you’re carrying a few more kilograms than you should, Flora Force can help you to lose weight in a gentle, healthy way. With an unusual ingredient…
In our blog ‘Body type: love the shape you’re in
’, we discussed the differences between body types and how to make the best of your figure. But what happens when you’ve loved your shape a little too much and now have a few unwanted kilograms that are making you feel uncomfortable?
Your weight, your metabolism and your thyroid
The key to maintaining a healthy body weight is a well-operating metabolism – the system in your body that is responsible for the way you use energy and burn kilojoules. Your metabolism is regulated by your thyroid gland, which, in turn, is kick-started into action by the trace mineral iodine. When the thyroid gland absorbs iodine, it releases the hormones that control metabolic function. We get iodine from our diet (in iodated table salt, saltwater fish, kelp) or by supplementation (such as Flora Force West Coast Kelp tablets).
So, if you’re unable to lose weight despite dieting and exercising, you may have a sluggish thyroid. You may not be taking in sufficient iodine for ideal thyroid function, and low iodine levels can lead to a condition known as hypothyroidism.
What happens when your thyroid is underperforming?
If your thyroid gland does not get sufficient iodine, it is unable to produce thyroxine, a hormone that regulates metabolism in all the body’s cells. This condition is called hypothyroidism, and if it affects you, not only will you be unable to lose weight, you may actually gain a few kilos. Other symptoms of hypothyroidism include skin breakouts, fatigue, brain fog, loss of sex drive, impotence, irritability and unhealthy hair, nails and teeth and, the bane of women everywhere, cellulite brought on by water retention.
According to natural medicine practitioner Dr Burton Goldberg, writing in Alternative Medicine, ‘The healthy functioning of the thyroid is essential to maintaining metabolism and preventing the accumulation of body fat.’ Although the body needs only small amounts of iodine, it is crucial to overall health – so much so that in the 1920s the US government decided to add iodine to common table salt. To this day, all table salt sold in South Africa is iodated. Despite these measures, though, close on 1.6 people around the world still suffer from iodine deficiency.
Enter West Coast kelp
Most of us are familiar with the long thick tubes of kelp that wash up on our beaches. Called Ecklonia maxima, this form of seaweed grows in shallow ocean waters and forms thick colonies, almost like an underwater forest. Drying on the beach, it often has a pungent smell and a busy attendance of flies. It is certainly the last thing you’d want to eat.