Sunday, April 14, 2024

Boost your Energy with Algae, Plus a Green Smoothie Recipe

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As days are getting shorter and Floridians receive less serotonin-boosting sunlight that usual. I hear many clients comment on their energy levels being lower than usual. I find that during the fall and winter seasons people feel more lethargic and as a result experience sugar and caffeine cravings.

One of my favorite ways to boost energy and fight fatigue is algae supplements. There are three types of algaes that I like – Spirulina, Chlorella and Blue-Green Algae. The main difference is in taste and personally I am team Chlorella as it has the mildest taste.

Algae is known as the oldest type of food on our planet and it contains large amounts of nutrients including:

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and K
  • Major and trace minerals
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Phytonutrients
  • Enzymes
  • Antioxidants
  • Polysaccharides
  • Essential amino acids

Algae can:

  • Build and purify blood
  • Help boost the immune system and promote healthy eyesight, hair and skin
  • Boost energy due to its incredibly high nutrient concentration
  • Provide anti-aging effects on skin, hair and organs
  • Stimulate stem cell release and movement, helping to regenerate damaged body tissue.
  • Help provide a more complete sleep
  • Reduce food cravings

Algae is very absorbable to the body. Around 97% of the vitamins, minerals and enzymes found in blue-green algae are easily absorbed into the system. Most vitamin supplements are only 5-25% absorbable.

The only don’t with the algae, is don’t overdo it. Too much of a good thing can be too much and we urge you experiment with it in moderation. Start with a half-teaspoon (or 2 tablets) of one kind and see how you feel. You can take it alone, blend with a smoothie or mix with coconut water.

If you have any medical issues, please check with your doctor before starting a new food/supplement as it can alter existing conditions. Algae can be a very powerful detoxifier, so please listen to your body and reduce the dose if you feel you detox symptoms are too strong.

Here is a simple green smoothie recipe to get you started:

 

GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

1 Frozen Ripe Banana

1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

½ Cup Frozen Strawberries

½ Teaspoon Chlorella

½ Cup Fresh Spinach

½ Cup Water

Ice (optional)

Blend to a creamy consistency and enjoy!

Alina Z.
Alina Z.http://alinaz.com
Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida, Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinaz.com, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.

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