Boost your Energy with Algae, Plus a Green Smoothie Recipe
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
- Essential amino acids
- 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
Blend to a creamy consistency and enjoy!