If you haven’t tried spirulina or chlorella yet, give it a try! Spirulina became famous after its successful use as a dietary supplement for astronauts on space missions. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is loaded with protein, vitamins, and minerals. It can be used to treat conditions such as chronic fatigue, allergies, inflammatory disorders, viruses, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, and even arsenic poisoning.1 Chlorella is also a blue-green algae that is high in protein, vitamins, and minerals, but less research has been conducted on it. Use caution when choosing your algae, because it can be contaminated with toxic substances called microcystins and it can also absorb heavy metals from the water where it is grown. Do your research and listen to your body.
I like the Chlorella/Spirulina powder mix by Good Natured. It’s grown in mountain spring water and most importantly it doesn’t bother my stomach. I’ve had many spirulina/chlorella mixes in the past that have caused me to have stomach pain. I have read that you can have detox like symptoms in the beginning of using this algae. Symptoms may include headache, fatigue, gas, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and skin breakouts. Personally, I wonder if the algae causes these symptoms or if it’s a result of algae contamination?
- 1 scoop of organic plant protein (I use Garden of Life)
- ½ cup of organic frozen blueberries
- 1 Banana
- 1 T almond butter (I buy from Crafted House)
- 1-2 teaspoons of Spirulina/Chlorella powder
- 1 Cup of water or Almond Milk (Click Here for Fresh Almond Milk)
- ½ cup of ice
- Blend all ingredients together (I use a Vitamix)
- Drink within next 24 hours.
- Can add in iodine & selenium drops.
- Store in Fridge, if you can’t drink right away.
- Can add in Probiotics.
JUST EAT REAL FOOD – Stop focusing on calories & focus on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Your body is always giving you signals, but many times we ignore them. Pay attention if you develop nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, rashes, sinus problems, or cold sores. If you develop any of these things after eating, it’s a good indicator that your body is giving you a clue to stop consuming something in your food. Many times these symptoms come from consuming chemicals, artificial coloring, and preservatives. Other times these symptoms can occur from a food allergy or sensitivity. Pay attention. Creating a food diary is a really great way to help you figure out what your triggers are. Food elimination diets are a great way to figure out what your triggers are.
1 Karkos, P. D. et al. “ Spirulina in Clinical Practice: Evidence-Based Human Applications.” Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine : eCAM 2011 (2011): 531053. PMC. Web. 29 Jan. 2018. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136577/
2 7 Proven Chlorella Benefits. https://draxe.com/7-proven-chlorella-benefits-side-effects/
Information in this posting is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Talk to your medical provider before starting any new supplements or medications.