Learn your ABCs… of nutrition– More on Minerals: The importance of IODINE!

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Our last chapter of ‘More on Minerals’ focuses on IODINE.  Surprisingly, there has not been a lot of research about all the health implications of iodine. But we know for sure that it has a big impact on thyroid function. Iodine supports the production of thyroid hormones and too much or too little iodine can create an imbalance. Hypothyroid conditions or Hashimoto’s disease has been on the rise so it’s a good idea to look at the role of iodine in our diet. Food sources are the best options since they contain a good ratio of a variety of minerals. For example, sea vegetables are the highest source of iodine with a bonus of many trace minerals as well. Trace minerals are those that are needed in the body in small amounts. It is suggested that since our soils are depleted in minerals due to modern agriculture, that adding sea vegetables is an important idea.


Simply Easy Tip: 

You can buy sea vegetable flakes to sprinkle on veggies and salads. A good brand is Eden seaweed gomasio which combines sea veggies, sea salt and sesame seeds. Adding this to your day will help meet your daily need of minerals.


Simply Supportive: Concentrace Liquide Trace Mineral Drops

Some people prefer to add liquid trace minerals to their diet. Concentrace Liquid Trace Mineral Drops is a good option to ensure sufficient minerals, especially if you feel your diet is lacking. Follow the label instructions and note that they do have a strong flavor so adding them to juice or food is a good idea. ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops is the #1 selling trace mineral supplement in the natural channel according to SPINS.‡ It is also one of the most powerful natural health mineral supplements in the world and has many uses and applications. It’s impossible to underestimate the importance of minerals and trace minerals for the human body. They are the catalysts for all the vitamins and other nutrients your body uses for developing and maintaining good health. ConcenTrace® captures the perfect balance of trace minerals your body needs. Using ConcenTrace® every day may help maintain healthy energy levels in your body by providing your body’s entire electrical system the minerals it needs to function properly. ConcenTrace® Trace Mineral Drops is an all natural mineral concentrate that’s made by using ConcenFlo™, our proprietary harvesting process. ConcenTrace® contains over 72 naturally occurring ionic trace minerals from the Great Salt Lake with 99% sodium removed. Ideally, minerals should come from eating a raw food diet. However, even eating a raw food diet isn’t enough since researchers have proven that soils have been depleted of minerals. Therefore, if it’s not in the soil, it’s not in the food. Here’s where ConcenTrace® comes in–taking ConcenTrace® every day ensures you’re getting a full spectrum of ionic trace minerals, which are the same kind of bioavailable ionic trace minerals that are found in foods! To order Concentrace Liquid Trace Mineral Drops, you contact our friendly front desk team at (860)519-1916 or Info@IntegrativeWellnessAndPT.com. You can also visit our shopping cart directly by clicking the link above. 


Simply Delicious: Vegetarian Sushi Rolls


3 cups short-grain Japanese rice, rinsed
1/3 cup rice vinegar, 3 tablespoons sugar, Salt

For the rolls:

10 nori sheets (dried seaweed), halved
Sesame seeds, for sprinkling
1 cucumber
1 avocado
1 plum tomato, seeded
1 small red onion
20 asparagus spears, trimmed and blanched
Wasabi paste, for spreading and serving
1 romaine lettuce heart
Pickled ginger, for serving


Make the rice. Combine the rice and 3 1/4 cups water in a rice cooker and cook according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A rice cooker is the best way to get perfect sticky-firm rice, but if you don’t have one, just use a saucepan. Fold in the vinegar. Combine the vinegar, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Transfer the cooked rice to a large wooden bowl (traditionally, a wooden tub). Drizzle a quarter of the vinegar mixture over a wooden spoon or spatula onto the rice. Fold the rice gently with the spoon to cool it and break up any clumps; be careful not to smash the grains. Fold in the remaining vinegar mixture and let the rice sit 5 minutes. Spread the rice.

Cover a bamboo sushi mat with plastic wrap. Place a half nori sheet rough-side up on the mat. Moisten your hands and scoop a handful of rice, slightly larger than a lemon, onto the nori. Press the rice to spread it evenly up to the edges of the nori, moistening your fingers as you go. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Prepare the vegetables. Peel the cucumber and slice into matchsticks. Thinly slice the avocado, tomato and red onion; peel the tough ends of the asparagus. Add the filling. Carefully flip over the nori so it’s rice-side down on the mat with the short end facing you. Spread a bit of wasabi paste in a line about one-third of the way up the nori-it’s spicy, so use it sparingly. Arrange a few pieces each of lettuce, cucumber, avocado, tomato and onion in a tight pile in the lower third of the sheet. It’s OK if the vegetables hang over the edges of the nori. Roll the sushi. Roll the sushi away from you with your hands, tucking in the vegetables as you go. Remove the mat from under the roll and place it on top. Press the roll into a compact rectangular log, using the mat to help you. Slice the roll. Cut the sushi roll into 4 to 6 pieces. Repeat with the remaining nori, rice and vegetables. Serve with pickled ginger and more wasabi.




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