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Spring has finally sprung!! And it always makes me think of green and spring cleaning. That said I’ve compiled a list of my favorite green superfoods that will help clean up the body and rejuvenate your health this spring.
3 Green Superfoods to Rejuvenate Your Health
Spirulina is a member of the “blue-green” family—and uses the sun as an energy source, in the way plants and algae do. It’s a complete protein (and low in calories) that’s full of B vitamins, including B12, as well as K, A, E, and iodine. It’s mineral-rich, including calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium, and zinc. It helps strengthen the immune system and boost vitality and energy. Moreover, it has also been shown to be good for your brain and heart. Also, it keeps your skin, hair, and nails healthy. You can purchase Spirulina powder, tablets, or capsules.
Recommended dosage: 6 tablets/capsules or 1 level tablespoon of powder per day.
As the name indicates is grass of young wheat. Similar to other green superfoods, it’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Wheatgrass is known to stimulate the thyroid hormone, increase red blood cell count, cleanse the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract (helps with digestion), and stimulate metabolism (energy). It also detoxifies the liver and blood and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants. There is also strong evidence it may play a role in cancer prevention as well.
Take on an empty stomach and start slow as nausea can occur. Fresh juiced grass (work up to 2 oz.) is great or powdered forms (I mix with apple juice in the afternoon) both work well.
Chlorella is very nutrient dense containing a whopping 7 grams of protein in a 10-gram portion. This helps maintain muscle mass and vigor. It is a rich source of vitamins like B, C, and E and trace elements like calcium, iron, potassium, and manganese. 80 percent of North American air tests positive for metals, so we must always be combatting the effects through good nutrition. When chlorella is taken into your body, its natural action will bind it to lingering heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides found in your digestive tract, which is your body’s pathway to your bloodstream where these harmful toxins are delivered and deposited into your body’s cells. So chlorella first and foremost will help your body eliminate unwanted metals and toxins. Research also indicates it may play a role in warding off depression.
Recommended dosage: First Week: 1g powder per day. Increase gradually over the next 2 weeks; and thereafter, maintenance dosage is 2 g per day (optimum dosage is 2 g, 3 times a day) or 5-10 tablets daily.
For a beautiful combination of superfoods, I recommend 1.5 T of this green powder daily.
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