Spirulina and other Green Superfoods Can Jumpstart Good Health by Tom Hines

Metabolism.com is pleased to share the following article provided by our guest contributor, Tom Hines.

In some ways, your body is like a machine — it works best when it’s properly maintained and tuned up. Food is your fuel and when you fill your tank with lousy fuel, your engine sputters and stalls. If your body’s engine is sluggish and needs a jumpstart, spirulina and other green superfoods can help deliver the energy necessary to keep the machine running smoothly, avoiding a breakdown.

Spirulina is a ‘green superfood,’ a term used to describe various nutrient-rich natural supplements, which include Chlorella, Wheat Grass, Barley Grass, Alfalfa and Kelp. Unlike most store-bought supplements, the concentrated vitamins and minerals they provide are not synthetic. Green superfoods are whole foods harvested directly from nature and are exactly what your body needs to offset stress and to clear away toxins.

SAD is very sad indeed

S.A.D. stands for Standard American Diet – there was never a more apt acronym. The majority of U.S. citizens today subsist on processed fast food laden with refined carbohydrates and saturated fats. Meats are frequently tainted with growth hormones, antibiotics and pathogens. For people who manage to work the recommended five to nine daily servings of fruit and vegetables into their diet, modern agricultural techniques have stripped crops of many vitamins and minerals.

Processed and cooked foods, which are the cornerstones of the S.A.D, and beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks and alcohol create an acidic blood pH, encouraging the growth of bacteria, fungus and mold. In an overly acidic environment, the body literally begins to compost. Illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes are often the result of the composting process. Green superfoods have an alkalizing effect, counteracting the acidity caused by poor diet, stress and toxic overload and setting the stage for a return to good health.

Spirulina and Chlorella, the most super of the green superfoods

Spirulina is a blue-green algae whose name comes from its spiral coil shape. High quality spirulina thrives in both salt and fresh water in tropical climates and it is known to have nourished the Aztecs, who harvested the algae from Lake Texcoco. Some of the benefits of Spirulina are:

  • Contains all of the essential amino acids vital to human health
  • An excellent protein source for all vegetarians, including vegans
  • Balances blood sugar by boosting glycogen, which offsets insulin
  • Rich in GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and other essential fatty acids Delivers an array of vitamins, including the all-important folic acid
  • High in potassium and a dozen other minerals
  • Improves focus and mental clarity

Chlorella is a single-celled green algae whose name is derived from Greek and Latin words that translate to “little green.” In the 1940’s and 1950’s, intensive research was done on little green algae’s potential role in solving world hunger, due to its high protein content and its bounty of beneficial vitamins and minerals. The natural health community, meanwhile, has always touted Chlorella’s health-imparting properties, particularly in the area of detoxification. In addition to being the very best source of chlorophyll, here are some more of Chlorella supplement benefits:

  • Rids the body of toxins and stored waste
  • Tones and cleanses the blood
  • Reduces body odor, acting as an internal deodorant
  • Improves bowel health and reduces flatulence
  • Naturally freshens the breath
  • Clears the skin

Cereal grasses and seaweed

Wheat grass is a popular juicing ingredient due to its superior nutrition, which it delivers without raising blood sugar. It also helps to lower blood pressure.

Barley grass alkalizes the blood and strengthens the digestive system.

Alfalfa helps reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol, without affecting levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) or good cholesterol and studies are underway to determine its effectiveness at lowering blood sugar levels and its ability to invigorate the immune system.

Kelp is a brown-algae seaweed, which grows in abundant kelp forests in shallow oceans all around the world. Kelp is rich in iodine and therefore beneficial to overall thyroid health. Its high vitamin and mineral content promotes pituitary and adrenal gland health as well. It’s renowned for its contribution to lustrous hair and skin. Taken shortly after exposure, it can also mitigate the negative ramifications of heavy metals and irradiation.

Making the most of green superfoods

Incorporating Spirulina, Chlorella and other green superfoods into the diet is easy, since they are all available in powdered form. Simply mix the desired amount into salad dressing, or add it to soup, juice or water. The taste is fresh and green and the active enzymes of living food add a healthy dimension even to a less than healthy meal. Of course, pregnant or breastfeeding women and people taking medications should consult with their doctors before incorporating any new food into their diets.

Many people who regularly incorporate green superfoods into their daily regimen have reported increased energy, mental clarity and an overall healthy glow. When stress, toxic thoughts and an imperfect diet have left your body’s engine sluggish, green superfoods are a quick and easy way to put yourself back on the road to health. Long may you run!

About the Author
Tom Hines, co-owner of NutritionGeeks.com (MN #1 Now Foods herbal provider), has been working in the nutrition industry since 1997, is a competitive powerlifter, lives with his wife Netti and three boys TJ, Grady and Brock on the prairie in west central Minnesota, spends his leisure time coaching youth wrestling, working with his horses and being play toy #1 for his boys.

Make Minerals A Daily Habit

Have you consumed enough minerals today? Chances are, even if you think the answer is yes, you probably haven’t consumed the recommended daily amounts to help keep your body healthy and functioning properly. Many people may not realize how necessary minerals are for everyday body functioning. As a matter of fact, over 80% of North Americans suffer a mineral deficiency or imbalance. Therefore, mineral supplementation becomes essential for keeping the body healthy and functioning at optimum levels.

Minerals are vital components of all living cells. They are needed for the formation of blood and bone, maintaining healthy nerve functioning, supporting the endocrine system, and supporting the muscles and cardiovascular system. Although they contain no energy themselves, minerals assist the body in energy production. Without minerals, vitamins and enzymes cannot carry out their necessary functions in the body. So obviously, obtaining the full spectrum of essential minerals becomes very important.

The problem is that we are getting less of the minerals we need and more of the minerals we don’t need. Scientists have long recognized that many illnesses are due to severe deficiencies of one single mineral. A lack of iodine leads to goiters, and anemia is caused by a lack of iron. Certain mineral deficiencies can contribute to conditions, such as attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other abnormal behaviors. The results of numerous studies indicate that low magnesium levels were a common factor in hyperactive children between the ages of four and 13.

Many of the foods that form the basis of our diet are grown in soils largely depleted of essential minerals. Although the body can function, however poorly, without vitamins, it will die without minerals. We naturally produce vitamins from our inherent mineral supply so when that supply is depleted, the body suffers. Soil depletion, poor crop rotation, and loss of valuable topsoil due to flooding and over-irrigation has eliminated much of the natural trace mineral content from our modern food supply.

Adding to the problem of depleted soil is a bigger problem that many of us fail to recognize. Combinations of synthetic drugs, which are taken by so many of us today, have far reaching side-effects that many people do not know exist. Many drugs chelate or bind with one or more minerals making those minerals useless to your body. Henry A. Schroeder, MD, said in his speech on trace mineral research, “A great many ordinary drugs are chelating agents.” He also pointed out that penicillin is one of those “mineral binding” drugs, as well as many other antibiotics. Diuretics flush potassium out of the body and deplete magnesium. Sedatives and sleeping pills lower blood levels of calcium and magnesium. Over-the-counter antacids interrupt calcium and phosphorus metabolism. Drug induced nutritional deficiencies are preventable if all of us are continually supplying our bodies with trace minerals that we can assimilate and use.

The key to total health may lie in something as basic as trace minerals. Begin a new habit today – a good habit – and supply your body with the minerals it needs to survive and thrive.

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