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You Won’t Want To Miss The Amazing Health Benefits This Green Powder Offers!

You Won’t Want To Miss The Amazing Health Benefits This Green Powder Offers!

Eating healthy is not only important for keeping us fit, but many body functions can greatly benefit from it, as healthy food improves your mood, gives you more energy, and helps you fight various diseases. But taking care of your health doesn’t just mean reducing the amount of junk food you eat and being more physically active – it is important to consume the food that nourishes our body and keeps it healthy.

Superfoods are those types of food that are rich in various nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and healthy fats that help our organism fight vicious diseases and prolong our life span. One of the most famous superfoods are blueberries known for their vitamins. Spirulina, possibly one of the oldest life forms on Earth and a plant that has between 50 and 70% protein, has become one of the most popular superfoods.

What exactly is Spirulina?

    How’s spirulina looks like in powder form.

    We are mostly used to seeing spirulina in a form of a powder or as a capsule, but have you ever wondered what it is exactly? It is actually a blue-green algae that has been around for a very long time, but people have recently started being aware of its numerous benefits such as the ability to boost your energy, strengthen your immune system, balance pH levels and improve your digestion. It is rich in many amino acids essential for our body, and it can be a great source of iron, B and K vitamins, calcium and magnesium. And as already mentioned, it has more protein than certain types of meat and fish.

    Where can Spirulina be found in nature?

    Spirulina in the form of algae grows in freshwater lakes, rivers and ponds as well. It prefers lots of sunlight with moderate temperatures and clean water. Wild form of spirulina can be found in Mexico and in Africa, but due to its rise in popularity it is commercially grown worldwide.

    Spirulina is very rich in nutrients

    The reasons spirulina is so beneficial for our health are obvious if we take a look at nutrients contained in spirulina. With the range of vitamins such as vitamin A, B6, B12, C, E, K and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, spirulina represents a healthy source of essential vitamins and minerals our body needs. Together with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids and the high amount of proteins, spirulina is a real immunity booster bomb.

    It is rich in proteins

    Spirulina contains from 50-70% proteins which have all the necessary amino acids and are highly digestible. It can be a great source of protein for people who don’t consume meat. One cup of spirulina (112 grams) contain s around 64 grams of protein, which is a little more protein than we need in a day – recommended daily intake for women is 46 grams, and 56 grams for men.

    It is rich in B12

    The lack of vitamin B12 can cause anemia, fatigue and depression, thus it is important to have enough of this vitamin in our organism. B12 is commonly found in foods such as different types of meat, eggs and cheese, and less commonly in plant foods. One of the exceptions is spirulina which is high in vitamin B12 and as such a great source of this vitamin for vegans.

    It contains Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) and Omega-3s

    Both gamma linolenic acid omega-3 acid have numerous health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, helping with skin conditions, high cholesterol, heart disease, nerve pain, depression, asthma and so on. Spiruilna is a natural source of these acids, and considering the fact that GLA is rarely found in food sources, this makes spirulina that more valuable.

    Benefits of Spirulina

      An overview of the nutrition content of Spirulina

      It is difficult to list all the benefits you can feel when consuming spirulina, thus we’ll try to list the most important ones.

      1. Spirulina balances blood sugar There are a number of studies conducted on animals indicating that spirulina is as effective as some diabetes medication, if not more effective, in helping to control blood sugar levels. Another study conducted on 25 people suffering from type 2 diabetes further confirms how beneficial spirulina is in balancing blood sugar.

      2. Spirulina helps with allergies If you are suffering from allergies and experience symptoms such as nasal discharge, sneezing, nasal congestion and itching, spirulina will help you relieve those symptoms, as it has been proven it is effective o n allergic rhinitis.

      3. Spirulina helps fight oral cancer Evidence suggest that spirulina may be successful in helping people fight cancer, and it has been studied in relation to oral cancer. In a study conducted on 87 people with precancerous lesions in the mouth, 45% of the group consuming 1 gram per day during one year saw complete regression of lesions.

      4. Spirulina improves muscle strength and endurance In order to prevent muscle fatigue and injuries when exercising or engaging in physically demanding activities, you need to consume foods with antioxidant properties and spirulina is very rich in antioxidants. Furthermore, studies have shown that spirulina can have preventative effects on muscle damage and increase exercise performance.

      5. Spirulina helps regulate blood pressure According to a study conducte d in Mexico, taking 4.5 grams of spirulina per day reduces high blood pressure both in men and women.

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      6. Spirulina helps regulate cholesterol Higher cholesterol means you are at risk for heart diseases. Luckily, there are natural ways to lower cholesterol, such as consuming spirulina. A study conduc ted on 78 elderly males and females, where they consumed 8 grams of spirulina per day during 16 weeks, showed significant reduction in cholesterol levels.

      7. Spirulina helps fight anemia Anemia is characterized by a deficiency or red cells and hemoglobin, and it causes fatigue. 40 elderly people suffering from anemia were subjects to a study which proved that the consumption of spirulina increased hemoglobin content in blood.

      8. Spirulina helps weight loss As spirulina contains high amounts of proteins, it may satisfy your hunger and lead to fat burning. Its benefits are obvious in long term and are much more effective than short term diets, as this study suggest.

      9. Spirulina helps eliminate candida If pH balance in our bodies is for some reason disturbed, it can cause candida to grow, thus causing many problems, such as leaky gut syndrome. Several animal studies indicate that spirulina is effective in inhibiting uncontrollable growth of candida.

      10. Spirulina helps in protecting the brain Spirulina can help you improve your focus and concentration, but it may also prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson diseases due to its antioxidant properties, as one study show s.

      Are there any side effects to spirulina?

      There are no know side effects, yet you should buy high quality spirulina and only from trusted sources. In addition, women who breastfeed and people with auto-immune diseases should better stay away from consuming spirulina.

      Should you choose tablets or powder?

        See if you want to take it directly or mix it with something else!

        Both tablets and powder have its pros and cons. As tablets are a more compact in form, they might not be fully digested, therefore your body won’t absorb all the nutrients. Spirulina tablets may also contain some fillers or binding agents that are also hard to process. However, they have longer shelf life, and they are more practical as you can carry them around and consume them easily.

        On the other hand, powder is more easily and more quickly absorbed. Yet if you consume it with foods that your body has difficulty processing, it would also be hard to absorb spirulina’s nutrients completely. But, you can mix spirulina powder into almost any food: juices, smoothies, and even bread and salad dressings.

        Whichever you opt for, it is important to use it on the daily basis.

        How much you should take every day?

        For children under the ages of 18, the best practice is to always consult your doctor if it safe to give them spirulina. As for adults, the standard dose is 500mg per day (or 4-6 tablets), yet it is advisable to consult your doctor or a healthcare professional for the recommended dose.

        For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, it is better to avoid consuming or to consult the doctor. Moreover, people with a condition phenylketonuria and people with auto-immune diseases are advised not to consume spirulina.

        It is important to note that spirulina in itself won’t be fully beneficial if you don’t change your dietary habits. You cannot expect good results if you take spirulina and eat fast food, for example. To have the best possible results, your diet needs to be balanced as well.

        How to make spirulina taste great?

        Some people might find spirulina’s taste unusual and strange, so we are giving you some great recipes that are delicious. Hope you like green color, because spirulina will turn all your food green!

        Spirulina smoothie

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          What you need:

          – 1 banana

          – ½ avocado

          – a squeeze of fresh lemon juice

          – a little bit of cinnamon

          – 1 teaspoon of spirulina

          – 1 cup of nut milk

          Preparation:

          Put all ingredients into a blender and mix.

          Spirulina berries smoothie

            What you need:

            – 1 or 2 cups of non-sweet full fat coconut milk

            – 1 cup of frozen berries

            – ½ frozen banana

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            – 2 teaspoons of spirulina

            – ½ handful spinach

            – ½ handful kale

            Preparation:

            Put all ingredients into a blender and mix. Pour into a bowl and put some fresh berries or other favorite toppings.

            Spirulina bites

            What you need:

            – 1 cup grinded seed mix

            – 10 dates without pits

            – 1/3 cup almond butter

            – 1-2 teaspoons of spirulina

            – 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

            – a pinch of salt

            Preparation:

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            Mix dates and seeds in a large bowl. Add other ingredients and mix again until you get a sticky mixture. Dive the mixture and roll into 10 balls. Keep for 2-3 days in a refrigerator.

            Spirulina ice-cream

              What you need:

              – 2 frozen bananas

              – 1 teaspoon of spirulina

              Preparation:

              Put bananas in blender and mix them, then add spirulina, mix again and serve.

              Spirulina mango pudding

                What you need:

                – 3 cups of chopped mango

                – zest from 1 lemon

                – 1 teaspoon of spirulina

                Preparation:

                Put all ingredients in a blender and mix until it’s smooth. If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can add honey or stevia.

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                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                1. The Paleo Diet

                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                2. Whole30

                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                During the month you are eliminating:

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                • sugar
                • alcohol
                • legumes
                • grains
                • dairy
                • soy

                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                • Fruits & vegetables
                • Whole grains
                • Legumes & nuts
                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                4. The Alkaline Diet

                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                The Big Takeaway:

                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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