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Natural Solutions - - Fashion - BY BRENDAN BRA­ZIER

If you’re al­ready eating plenty of land veg­eta­bles, it’s time to head to the sea! Sea veg­eta­bles such as arame, wakame, nori, kombu, dulse, and kelp are nu­tri­ent-dense ad­di­tions to your diet. They are rich in cal­cium, iron, io­dine, and elec­trolytes; they are also eas­ily di­gestible, chloro­phyll-rich, and al­ka­line-form­ing. Sea veg­gies can help com­bat in­flam­ma­tion, al­le­vi­ate stress, and pro­tect bone health. Try re­plac­ing wheat or rice noo­dles with kelp noo­dles in any Asian-in­spired recipe. Dark leafy greens are full of nu­tri­ents, and their health ben­e­fits abound. With more than 45 dif­fer­ent flavonoids, kale pro­vides ex­cel­lent an­tiox­i­dant and anti-in­flam­ma­tory ben­e­fits. Try mak­ing a raw salad by mas­sag­ing di­nosaur kale with co­conut oil and sea salt, then adding a va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles, seeds, and legumes. You can also add a few stalks of kale to your morn­ing smoothie. Vir­gin, or­ganic co­conut oil is a ver­sa­tile cook­ing oil, and it of­fers sur­pris­ing health ben­e­fits. Co­conut oil is rich in medium chain triglyc­erides (MCTs), which are di­gested in the body like car­bo­hy­drates. The liver eas­ily con­verts them into en­ergy, rather than stor­ing them as vis­ceral fat. Use co­conut oil in your next stir-fry—it’s sta­ble at high heats. A com­plete pro­tein and rich in fiber and omega-3s, this su­per­food is a great ad­di­tion to any diet. Look for cold-pressed hempseed oil for salad dress­ing, or use a plant-based pro­tein that con­tains hemp for smooth­ies. You can also add whole hempseeds to sal­ads, smooth­ies, or vir­tu­ally any dish to gain ex­tra nu­tri­ents. Note: This ar­ti­cle was orig­i­nally posted on Maria’s Farm Coun­try Kitchen

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