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I recently became re-obssesed with Spirulina; a blue-green micro algae which became really popular around 2014. Since then it’s sort of been put in a corner due to the likes of Chaga Mushrooms, reishi etc but I believe 2019 is the year Spirulina makes a come back.

Why?! Let me tell you.

Spirulina is natures multivitamin; jam packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, and K. In addition to this Spirulina has the enzymes, phytonutrients and cofactors so that your body readily assimilate and absorb these compounds and use them intelligently (unlike generic store-bought multivitamins which arent really absorbed at all FYI). This microalgae is a complete protein; containing 18 amino acids, including the 8 essential amino acids required for human health. Amino acids play a part of cell metabolism, detoxification, tissue regeneration, repair and so much more. Amino acids also influence the function of your nervous system, cardiovascular system, hormones and muscle tissue.

The benefits don’t stop there, Spirulina contains an antioxidant and polypeptide called “phycocanin. Science now proves that phycocyanin has the ability to trigger the production of stem cells with in the body. Why is this so magical? Stems cells literally have the ability to become any form of cell that your body requires at the time. If you need to regenerate your liver cells, need more red blood cells, if your immune system is down and your body requires more immune cells, body tissue for injuries… spirulina has got you!

Spirulina is also the highest food source (second only to breastmilk) of GLA. GLA inhibits the formation of inflammatory compounds in the body.

Remember my last blog on leptin, the satiety hormone?! Spirulina ties in here as well. Nutrient deficiency is found to be the number one cause of overeating. Your body requires micronutrients such as  zinc, magnesium, and essential fatty acids like GLA, when it isn’t getting these things, your body will secrete the hunger hormone ghrelin in hopes of getting some nutrients in, what happens however is we will normally consume a packaged food or a food with little nutrition and thus this cycle continues. How can we fix this? By consuming nutrient dense foods like spirulina, you’re giving your body the raw materials it needs to keep your cells nutrient satisfied and thus, trigger the secretion of the satiety hormone leptin to help keep your appetite in check. As a result, you feel satiated, you stop craving low quality food, and your body begins to burn more body fat naturally.

Spirulina also helps detoxify your body from heavy metals, its high in antimicrobial properties, it supports gut health and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines, it supports immune functions, fights antibodies and pathogens, boosts energy levels and much, much more.

If you aren’t implementing this superfood powerhouse in to your daily routine, you should be.

If you have any questions on nutrition or how to feel your best through natures medicines please email me at maxinne@shifthealthandwellness.com.au  . Alternatively click the link below to view my coaching packages.

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