Lemon-Lime Bicarb Phytoplankton Shots
Juice of 1 lemon, strained
Juice of 1 lime, strained
1 dropperful Oceans Alive marine phytoplankton
⅛ tsp sodium bicarbonate (per glass)
Mix the first three ingredients. Divide into two tall glasses. Add sodium bicarbonate to each glass, stir quickly and drink on an empty stomach.
This is a shot like no other and a great way to liven up your breakfast routine. It’s a simple and effective way to boost your energy without caffeine or other stimulants. The electrolytes will rehydrate you after fasting through the night. Plus, it’s full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to boot.
That’s not all! There may be even more reasons to make this your morning mocktail. Recent scientific study has explored the potential of limonoids — found in citrus fruits —to be anticancer, cholesterol-lowering and antiviral.
Sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda, is part of many traditional remedies, known for a wide variety of uses and benefits. It is a popular antacid and can be helpful for treating urinary tract infections, preventing kidney stones and for delaying lactic acid buildup that causes muscle fatigue and soreness after a workout.
And then there’s this elixir’s secret weapon — marine phytoplankton. This microalgae is responsible for 90% of the oxygen on Earth, according to NASA, and is the foundation of the marine food chain. It is so incredibly nutrient-dense, just one dropperful contains dozens of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. My favorite marine phytoplankton supplement, Oceans Alive, is grown specially in a sealed photo bioreactor to ensure that there are no pollutants and that the microalgae is pure and perfectly selected for maximum bioavailability.
The combination of lemon and lime, with baking soda and marine phytoplankton is one powerful way to start your day. For more on the benefits of this shot, have a listen to the podcast.
Author: Vic Love, www.Fb.com/Vityalove
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There are so many ways for us to boost our levels of daily nutrition. For many people, this includes things like eating organic, cutting out some of the known problem foods, and taking various supplements. One of our favorite ways to make sure we are getting the most nutrient dense foods we can is through greens supplements.
It is through these micro-pulverized nutrient-dense whole food green powders that we can power our body right down to the cellular level with the types of natural ingredients that the body recognizes. Becuase the powerful green mixes are jam-packed full of nutrition it only makes sense to include them into a daily health routine.
THE MAN WITH ABUNDANT ENERGY
I remember walking into my favorite local health-food store and watching this super high-energy man walk straight over to this bottle of greens, pick it three of them, and go to the checkout. I couldn’t resist asking him what he was up to. This guy was super fit. He said that he’s an executive at a local company and he needs to be on top of his game all the time. I can relate, so I dug a bit deeper. He said that since he started using this greens supplement he has seen his energy sky-rocket. He said that the energy he has through his cycling routine that he does every morning has increased dramatically. He takes a glassful in the morning when he wakes up and then again at the end of the day before he goes to bed. He said that by pairing this cellular nutrition with MAP (master amino acid pattern) he has seen his strength increase exponentially and his energy is steady through the whole day
I was intrigued. So I tried it myself. I too found that I was experiencing a cleaner and more vivid energy, especially within 10 minutes or so of drinking a glassful. Then I started doing some research.
What I realized is that I could actually get even MORE energy and results from this if I integrate fats with it as well.
When mixing the green powder with some orange juice I noticed that I was definitely experiencing increased energy. However, I’m very aware of the various vitamins and how they interact and metabolize in the body. We have all the water soluble vitamins like the B-series and vitamin C as well as the fat-soluble suite A, D, E, and K. So something clicked. I began adding a high-quality flaxseed oil into the mix and began having immediate results. I could feel the difference in how much was being absorbed by my body through how long the energy was lasting. It was almost like a meal replacement at that point. I started having a small shot (6oz or so) 3 times per day. I noticed that I stopped getting midday slumps, started clearing up bags under my eyes, and had clearer thinking even through stressful periods throughout any given day.
With such a large spread of vitamins and minerals within the vast majority of the best greens powders, it only makes sense to include some fats in the mix to make sure that the full spectrum is being absorbed. I certainly found that this is an ideal way to ensure I’m getting proper nutrition throughout the day to supplement the healthy food choices I include in my diet.
MY FAVORITE RECIPE
There are as many ways to create these green drinks as there are taste buds on the tongue. I found that there are also a lot of different kinds of greens available to buy. When choosing a greens powder here are a few things to look out for:
- Raw, or as close to raw as possible
- Organic or wildcrafted
- Includes probiotics
- Includes sea vegetables
- Includes digestive enzymes
- No fillers (things like apple pectin, bran, rice starch, etc can be used to dilute the mix and reduce production costs)
- No synthetics, chemicals, or preservatives
So regardless which you choose, here is a quick recipe to help make sure you get the most from your daily greens powders. I like to call it the Green Falcon because this definilty makes me feel like I can fly.
The Green Falcon
1 cup Orange Juice
1-3 tsp Greens Powder
1-3 tsp Panaseeda Five Seed Oil (or any high-quality seed-oil)
1-2 dropperful Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton (optional)
Scoop the greens into the bottom of the glass. Pour just enough OJ into the glass to cover the greens and stir to create a paste (if it appears too dry add OJ until smooth). Add the Panaseeda Five Seed Oil and the Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton and stir until smooth. Top off with the rest of the OJ and stir until a consistent liquid is formed. Drink up and enjoy!
Here’s to your highest health and your best self.
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Here’s a few more of Amaranth’s many health and nutritional benefits:
- Besides being high in fiber, protein, vitamin C, iron, and calcium, amaranth is a good source of magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and manganese. In fact, one cup of uncooked amaranth contains 120% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium. This is especially important when you consider that well over half of all Americans don’t get enough magnesium in their diets.
- Amaranth contains approximately 30 percent more protein than rice, sorghum, and rye. Not only that, amaranth is almost a perfect protein. It contains 8 out of the 9 essential amino acids needed in our diets.
- One of these amino acids is lysine, which is not found in corn or wheat. Lysine can help to lower levels of bad cholesterol, reduce stress, and improve how your body absorbs calcium.
- Amaranth contains beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce your risk of heart disease, curb stiffness and joint pain, and possibly even help lower the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Amaranth has not one but two substances that may have cancer-preventing properties. The first one is lunasin, a chain of amino acids that is found in very few other foods except soybeans. Lunasin has been shown in several studies to prevent the growth of cancerous cells in animals.
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- Squalene is thought to have several other health benefits as well. Although not yet definitively proven, many researchers believe squalene can help prevent heart attacks, boost one’s immune system, and help conditions such as asthma and psoriasis.
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Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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Balancing Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids
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Eating and Supplementing with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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