Dulse: The Secret Ingredient for Dodging Dryness Pt 2

//Dulse: The Secret Ingredient for Dodging Dryness Pt 2

SALT

Time for another instalment of “Dodging Dryness” – great tips to increase skin moisture even during the harsh winter season. Again, this tip is all about hydrating your diet. Last time, I talked about cutting dry starches and replacing them with spiralled veggies, packed with cellular water. This week, I’m going to writing about another common dehydrating ingredient: salt.

Mmmmmm..saaavvvoury. I tend to like salty foods more than sweets, so cutting down on salt is a hard one for me. While sodium is important for many physiological functions, in the modern wester world, we get way too much of it. A diet with too much salt is dehydrating for you body and, in turn, for your skin. Sodium also increases your blood pressure – so those of you with rosacea or sensitive skin, excess salt is also dilating to your capillaries. And if you needed any more reasons to re-evaluate your salt intake, just remember that dehydration exacerbated by high sodium consumption can lead to water-retention (ggrrrr winter water weight). But does this mean we need to be resigned to a life of bland, flavorless food? Not if I have anything to do with it! Luckily, I’ve got a healthy, complexion-loving solution with lots of beauty and wellness benefits: Dulse. Yes, dulse.

dulse seaweed

Dulse is a red seaweed that is an antioxidant, source of vitamins and minerals and also has a nice savoury taste with for less sodium than…well..salt itself! I actually grew up sprinkling dulse flakes onto my food but had long forgotten about this great little tip. My mom was pretty crunchy granola so we always bought a shaker of dulse granules from our local health food store to sprinkle on our meals. Its very versatile and I used it on my eggs, in soups – and my fav – on soba noodles (there’s something really Asian about seaweed on noodles). This childhood throwback is really great because it has a ton of fortifying constituents. Dulse contains:

– Protein, which can help with strengthening and building tissue
– Fatty acids, which help keep our skin moist from the inside out
– B12, which has been used in treatment for eczema, skin inflammation and skin infections
– A healthy dose of iron and potassium. Wanna know why iron is so important for your skin? Read this post I did on iron for glowing skin!

But lets get back to our original point: it can give you the salty you crave with far less sodium. Dulse contains 1.73 grams of sodium for ever 100 grams of the stuff. To get flavour, you only need a dash of it (which is about 1/6th of a gram?). Obviously if you were to eat a plate of it, it would be a pretty high sodium meal but as a cheeky pinch to taste, its a much better alternative to salt.

This is the kind of dulse granules I buy! Found at most health food stores.

This is the kind of dulse granules I buy! Found at most health food stores.

So, if you’re a bit of a salt junkie and want to use something to temper your salty-tooth try a shaker of dulse flakes. You’ll be combatting dehydration and spiking your dishes with added nutrients.

2017-05-01T16:38:55-04:00 By |Hydration|1 Comment

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  1. kelly March 25, 2015 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I know ‘table’ salt is terrible, and humans were never meant to consume ‘table’ salt, but I thought for most people, in moderation, good quality natural salt was good for you and your skin? (good natural salts like pink Himalayan, Hawaiian black salt, etc) And especially during the summer a small amount of good quality salt dissolved in a cup of water is so satisfying! 🙂

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