Natural Iodized Himalayan Pink Salt — add Dulse!

A friend and I were discussing iodine recently and we both bought iodine supplements and started using it.  IMG_0876Today I did a little internet research, now that I’ve got my tiny and very spendy little bottle of liquid iodine that I’m taking a few drops of in water every morning, and came up with a cheap and easy way to add iodine to my diet:  dulse.

Iodine is one of those things that we really don’t get enough of in our western society.  Studies show that Japanese women have a much lower breast cancer rate than western women, and it’s probably due to the fact that they eat a lot of seaweed.

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Dulse, seaweed, a natural source of iodine

Usually we get iodine in the food we eat; now, however, our soil is so depleted, there is no iodine in it.  Iodine is available in the ocean, so if a person eats seafood and seaweed frequently, they’re getting their necessary iodine.

In the United States, iodine was added to table salt in the past, and currently it sounds like the amount of iodine in table salt is vastly decreased.

I know personally over the past ten years I’ve changed my diet.  I eat more vegetables and less meat; I’ve chosen to use sea salt, celtic salt and Himalayan pink salt instead of the iodized brand of table salt I grew up with, and I never really thought about getting my needed iodine in some other way.

Until yesterday and today.

Pulverized dulse (the dark red), Himalayan pink salt, and Hawai'ian red salt, my new table salt mixture

Pulverized dulse (the dark red), Himalayan pink salt, and Hawai’ian red salt, my new table salt mixtureI mixed it all up, and now I have — taa-daa! — natural homemade iodized salt.

I threw a good handful of dulse into the Vitamix, mixed up 1 part pulverized dulse, one part Himalayan pink salt and 1/2 part Hawaiian red salt in a jar, shook it up, filled my salt grinder with the blend, and now I have — taa-daa! — natural homemade iodized salt.

How great is this!  Himalayan pink salt supplies 84 necessary nutrients; dulse supplies iodine and a whole lot of other nutrients, and Hawai’ian red salt supplies minerals and electrolytes, iron oxide, and rich flavor.  Win, win, win.  I get my salt, my nutrients, my iodine, and it tastes so good.

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About Susan Bame

Writer, Mediator, Facilitator, Teacher, fascinated with indigenous forms of conflict resolution. I love watching people become empowered. I have a master's degree in conflict resolution and a personal interest in organic food, detoxing and healing the body, alternative holistic approaches to health, self-empowerment and win-win solutions through mediation, Structured Water™, and energetic healing. I lived on the Omaha Reservation in northeast Nebraska for ten years, worked with Native families in the area, and have a great interest in Native history, culture, practices, traditions, stories, and current affairs. View all posts by Susan Bame

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