What is the cost for staying heathy? Does the price you pay for supplements and super foods equal the nutritional benefit you are obtaining? Are you literally flushing your money you are spending on supplements down the drain? We have tackled these topics in past posts. This post answers the question “are supplements expensive?” by giving you more clues to sort fact from fiction.
We have posted very similar smoothie recipes to this one in the past, but it is worth repeating since this month we are talking a lot about antioxidants, and focusing on things you can do daily that equal cancer prevention, instead of focusing on just the search for the cure.
This post highlights flax and cancer. There are health benefits of flax oil and seed in relation to cancer treatment and prevention. Flax is not a cancer cure, but should be part of a healthy diet that supports normal cell development and growth because it minimizes carcinogenic influences on cellular activities.
It is actually pretty easy to make a high ORAC score smoothie these days. This recipe came about because of a new product just arriving to the U.S. market that we are trying out called: Gula Java Matcha (more details on this at a later date). Consuming high ORAC score foods is important for optimal health.
If you want a spring in your step, two things to add to your smoothie are: mushroom coffee and raw unsweetened cocoa nibs. Plan on having energy to burn! They both offer outstanding nutritional profiles, robust and hearty flavor, and a perfect texture to your smoothie.
There is quite a difference nutritionally and energetically between WG grown in trays and then juiced, vs. WG grown in the earth for a full growing season and then juiced. Even if you fortify the WG in the tray with vitamins and minerals, the results can be a significantly different in the juice it produces compared to roots that made their way deep into the earth to collect its nutrition.
When I make a smoothie, I look at it as a meal of supplements and super foods that are less likely to be consumed as “regular food” on my dinner plate. I don’t have anything against putting fresh spinach and kale into a smoothie, but I prefer to actually eat those foods vs. blending them into a liquid.
Chimichurri is a traditional green sauce used as a beef marinade. It is native to Argentina, and is traditionally made with parsley, garlic, oil, oregano and vinegar. Today there are a number of variations. For this one I used arugula and cilantro. Arugula is a leafy green very high in cancer fighting phytochemicals, as well as being high in many vitamins and minerals.
Did you know that 9 out of 10 people fail to eat the recommended 3-5 servings of vegetables every day? Clearly this is an example where supplementing with a greens powder makes perfect sense. Even the most well intentioned health nuts like us can fall short, because many of us are trying to “do it all”, and so something has to give.
Lack of energy goes beyond what you feel as “tired”. Low energy or fatigue affects our unconscious processes like digestion, circulation, and immune response. Every biological function is affected, therefore so is our overall health. A longterm daily strategy is needed for building and keeping your energy up.
Spirulina is a multi-celled blue-green algae that grows in semi-salty (brackish) waters. It is considered the single most nutrient-dense and nutritionally balanced of all the plants on earth. It is easy to digest, due to its thin cell wall. Chlorella is a single cell green algae with a hard cell wall. In fresh water, chlorella replicates faster than any other organism. It is the most ancient aerobic life form still found on Earth today, and is nature’s richest whole food source of chlorophyll.
Is there a magic pill or fountain of youth? We think the answer is yes and no.
Typically people settle for sub-par energy and vitality over long periods of time. When they realize they don’t feel great, then they look outside of themselves for the answer.
So, our basic response to supplementation is this:
The more we learn about aloe, the more we love it. Let’s look at the nutritional value of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera. Keep in mind these nutrients are found in trace amounts, but WOW this is a long list of goodness! Most consumers know aloe as a topical skin soother, many know it as a juice, or a whole-leaf juice concentrate for the savvy consumer. No matter what, think of aloe as a super food that we should ingest regularly!