All about that special 5th pillar.
Although smoothies are already pretty much the pinnacle of healthy lifestyle habits, there are certain things you can add that make them mind-blowingly out-of-this-world ridiculously healing and healthy.
Find below a list of common smoothie supplement additions that give smoothies that extra special health kick.
First and foremost, Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, so is beneficial in any/all chronic inflammatory or autoimmune conditions. It is also known to benefit nervous system (reduce anxiety and depression, ADHD, prevention of Alzheimer's/dementia), benefits mucous membranes and high turnover cells (skin, hair, gut), protective against cardiovascular disease, lowers LDL, raises HDL, boosts and balances immune system, benefits eye health. Very important supplement in cancer, pregnancy and postpartum.
Professional brands have the best oil quality, dosage, and ratios of EPA:DHA. I personally recommend Ascenta NutraSea, Progressive, NFH, and Genestra.
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Spirulina is another potent anti-inflammatory agent, as it is also high in Omega fatty acids - but that's not all! Spirulina is made from a type of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae, which is very nutritionally dense sea-plant life. The health benefits it affords the body is impressive, as it helps to cleanse and detoxify the blood with its high chlorophyll content. It is a very rich source of all B-vitamins and a plethora of other vitamins and minerals, making its addition to your "liquid multivitamin" an absolute must.
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Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins to get into you, and also one of the easiest. It comes naturally through the sun, which is why sometimes it is known as the sunshine vitamin. However, many people either stick to the shade, just don't get outside enough, or slather on sunscreen which blocks that Vitamin D absorption. Luckily, supplementation of this crucial vitamin is so easy - a dropper form is my favourite - just drop liquid Vitamin D on your hand and lick it off. Done! Alternatively there are chewable tabs and capsules.
This vitamin is highly involved in regulating the immune system, so is a must-have for patients with any inflammatory or auto-immune diseases. It is an important tool for preventing chronic disease, most especially cancers of almost all forms. Vitamin D deficiency is widely common but is serious business, and the importance of this vitamin is becoming clearer everyday. It is beneficial for bone health, as it is required for the entry of Calcium into the bone. It is also a potent mood stabilizer and is used to treat and prevent the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Probiotics are the good bacteria that balance our immune system and our aid digestive system - two components of our health that can easily go awry and wreak havoc. They are beneficial when treating any sort of digestive concern, whether chronic or acute. They are also helpful in any other area that a specific balance of bacteria is required, including the urinary tract and the vagina, so it is especially important for us ladies to take these little guys on a regular basis. If the bad bacteria takes over, you can be looking at diarrhea, gas, bloating, skin conditions, yeast infections and urinary tract infections - just to name a few! Get those probiotics in. My online supplement store is a great place to choose a professional brand of probiotics, or any high quality health food store will carry them as well.
Dandy Blend is marketed as a coffee alternative, which is great for those of us weaning off coffee for a cleanse or other personal health reasons. I find it to be delicious in smoothies as well! It has a very pleasurable flavour, and it's an easy way to get the digestive tonic and nutritive dandelion herb (Taraxicum officinale) into your diet on a regular basis.