Before you get on me… this post isn’t about makeup or beauty per se but it is about inner beauty which is far more lasting than outer beauty ever could be. It’s about putting good stuff in your system so that your inner radiance is manifested outwardly. Since I’ve been cycling I’ve been a bit more conscientious on what I feed myself, now don’t get me wrong, I haven’t turned into a super health nut and I do occasionally binge on junk here and there but I’m making more of an effort to eat better. After hearing some really good thing about Spirulina, I decided to make lunch out of it, so I headed on over to my local New Leaf Co-Op Market and ordered a “Spirulina Surpise” smoothie. The particular smoothie is comprised of Pineapple juice, banana, mango, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and you’ve guessed it SPIRULINA! It’s a tangy fruity pick me up. The blueberries is what gives it its deep purple color and it’s really delicious!
So… you’ve begun reading this post and you’re like…”What’a spirulina?” Well, allow me to educate you for a quick lil’ sec.
Spirulina is a bacteria, a cyanobacteria. Wait whaaaat?! Yup! It is, and it’soften classified as an herb which it’s really not. Spirulina is a blue-green algae found in pristine waters such as rivers, ponds and freshwater lakes. Before you toot your pretty little noses up… know that spirulina is recognized as one of the world most nutritionally completed super foods. So basically it’s health for all your vital organs. (Nods Head)
Spirulina modulates the immune system. It helps you recover quickly from common colds, promotes cell-regeneration and just helps you heal faster. So before you go to poppin’ pills consider what natural made to help you recover first.
If you’re looking to improve your eye health, in addition to carrots, this blue-green underwater algae is very rich in vitamin A, which is essential for healthy eyes.
Wanna know why Spirulina rocks?! Well… spirulina reduces inflammation and eases PMS symptoms. It contains GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid),one of the most effective anti-inflammatory agents in nature. So before you chew someone’s head off during that time of the month, you might want to go sip on a spirulina smoothie of sorts to ease your cramps and troubled mind.
Suffering from digestive issues? Spirulina helps ease the passage of you built up waste through the digestive track, it also helps if your anemic (low-iron). It’s a good source of protein, gram per gram more than beef, poultry, fish and soybeans.
With all things considered… everything must be kept in moderation.
Spirulina Safety: Beware of Contamination
Spirulina has a record of safety, even at high doses,17 with few reported side effects. However, if harvest from polluted waters, or cultivated incorrectly, it can accumulate toxins from the environment. For this reason, I recommend you avoid spirulina from Japan and nearby waters harvested after March 1, 2011, as they may be contaminated with radiation from the Fukushima nuclear incident. Ideally, only consume organic spirulina from a reputable source that is grown in pollutant-free waters.
If you are going to start on a spirulina regimen, the recommended dosage is 3,000 milligrams (mg) per day for adults, and 500 to 1,500 mg for children, for use as a preventative. For therapeutic use, 10,000 to even 20,000 mg per day is required for adults. However, remember that, in addition to being your powerhouse of essential vitamins and minerals, spirulina is a potent detoxifier. For that reason, it is best to start with a small dose and work your way up. Once you see how your body responds, you can then gradually increase your intake. Again, while side effects are minimal, the most prominent reactions you may experience are:
- Slight Fever — The high protein content in spirulina increases metabolism, which may elevate your body temperature.
- Dark Green Waste Matter — Spirulina can remove accumulated waste product in your colon, which may cause darker stool. Also, spirulina is high in chlorophyll. This will also turn waste matter green.
- Excessive Passing of Gas — This may indicate that your digestive system is not functioning properly or you have an extreme build-up of gas.
- Feelings of Excitement or Sleepiness — Your body is converting protein into heat energy, which may cause temporary feelings of restlessness. On the other hand, the detoxification process may also cause sleepiness, which may indicate your body is exhausted and needs better rest.
- Breakouts and Itchy Skin — This is caused by the colon cleansing process and is only temporary.
It’s very likely that your body will go through an adjustment period with spirulina, and your best bet to reduce potential reactions is to start out small and increase your dose gradually to see how your body will react. However, there are some people who seem to be sensitive to spirulina and can’t tolerate it. If you are one of those, it would be wise to avoid spirulina. You might try chlorella, which has similar benefits. Most people can tolerate either chlorella or spirulina.