This is one bad (as in good) protein and here is why:
- It contains the highest concentration of protein (by weight) of any food known.
- Spirulina is the richest beta carotene food
- It is the highest source of B12
- A disease fighter
- A blood builder
- An immune system booster
Unlike animal foods, (which day by day I am talking myself out of) Spirulina is a pure, raw source of protein. It does not have to be cooked and in fact, never should be cooked. Yay! Less cooking!
It is readily absorbed and can be easily blended into your favorite beverage, such as a smoothie, or juice.
According to herb wisdom, “every 10 grams of spirulina can supply up to 70% of the minimum daily requirements for iron, and about three to four times of minimum daily requirements for vitamins A (in the form of beta carotene), B complex, D,and K. By itself, it does not contain vitamin C, but it helps maintain this vitamin’s potency.
Spirulina is rich in gamma-linolenic acid or GLA, a compound found in breast milk that helps develop healthier babies. Moreover, with its high digestibility, spirulina has been proven to fight malnutrition in impoverished communities by helping the body absorb nutrients when it has lost its ability to absorb normal forms of food.
Another health benefit of spirulina is that it stimulates beneficial flora like lactobacillus and bifidobacteria in your digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and proper bowel function. It acts as a natural cleanser by eliminating mercury and other deadly toxins commonly ingested by the body.”
Ok, so let’s get down to taste. It is a deep green, slightly blue dry algae powder. Have you ever been in a bait store? You know, with your grandpa to go fishing…..well, it sorta smells like that. Fish. In a wet sock.
You want to be sure that it has a ‘fresh’ smell. I’ve heard that bad spirulina smells sour or rancid. Now that, my friends will be hard to tell. You should speak to a qualified person at your health-food store….and not the temporary Christmas help….you are going to want good quality spirulina. Or a better option is to check out David Wolfe and read about his incredible knowledge when it comes to superfoods and nutrition. You will be ASSURED to get the best quality, organic superfoods! The website will tell you where you can purchase his products or you can go straight to http://www.longevitywarehouse.com/
Look for it to be sold like this:
- powder (dried)
- powder (with lecithin)
- tablets (what I take…with orange juice to get ’em down)
- protein powder products
- blue pigment extracts
- raw spirulina chocolate bars and spirulina energy bars
I usually add spirulina to my smoothies to mask the taste, when I am using the powder. I am throwing spinach, kale, blueberries, acai berries, raspberries, banana, and cacao nibs in my blender. A little spirulina tossed in cannot be tasted….just don’t obsess over it and think of the fabulous benefits!
“Pretty is as pretty does”, is something my grandmother used to say. We all know that we don’t need makeup to be beautiful……….however…
Come on. It does help cover up some .. well, imperfections.
A couple of things to consider when you are trying out some new products…
- Don’t use foundation to change your skin color! The goal is to enhance not alter.
- When it comes to cleansing – think gentle! Pain and cleanliness have nothing to do with each other.
- Rinse, rinse, rinse. Remember that water is only gentle when it’s tepid.
- A 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is a great disinfectant for blemishes, causing minimal to no irritation to the skin.
- Please. There is NO such thing as a safe tan. Put on your sunscreen.
- Ok, sunburned? A bottle of vinegar added to a warm bath will soothe your skin and make it feel extra soft.
- Exfoliate at least twice a week. This will get blood flowing into the face. Try baking soda for a gentle scrub.
- Sensitive skin? Use a Pepto Bismol mask! Apply straight from the bottle with a cotton swab or cotton ball. Let dry and rinse with cool water.
- Don’t over moisturize. You may not need it all over your face. Concentrate on the drier areas.
- Massage leftover hair conditioner into your cuticles.
Honor God with the body He gave you! When you look your best you can bring honor to God.
What exactly is arthritis? It is the inflammation of one or more joints and it comes in a wide variety of forms. Each kind of arthritis cause symptoms of pain, swelling, stiffness and the restriction of movement…and I don’t like it one bit.
Wondering if your pain is related to arthritis? Try this checklist via Arthritis.com:
- Do you have pain in one or more joints?
- Do you have swelling in one or more joints?
- Do you have stiffness in your joints, especially after not moving for an extended period of time (e.g., moving in the morning)?
- Do you have pain or discomfort in a joint that has a history of injury?
Not only are there different kinds of arthritis, but there are also different causes too!
- Overuse of a joint