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I Spent Seven Days On Spirulina

Feb 22, 2017

Introducing: The girl that used to laugh at the concept of salads and healthy eating, whilst smugly tucking into a clamshell container of cheesy chips. The same girl who now deems it appropriate to be speaking of nutrition and superfoods on the internet.

It’s baffling to many how somebody who basically lived off all of the worst things you can put into your body can suddenly be advocating for putting the right things into your body. It’s not like fried chicken or pizza have become any less tasty. And it’s not like I stopped eating them completely, either. Several months ago, I committed to my first superfood – a daily serving of wheatgrass juice – and from there I was hooked.

Most of us are aware of the meaning of ‘superfood’ – it’s usually something that comes from a plant and is packed with essential nutrients and promises to provide multiple benefits to our bodies without being high in fat or calories. Their popularity is constantly on the rise, with those like myself who prefer to consume them in purer forms and those that will pick up a store-bought superfood smoothie with their lunch. What those that don’t regularly consume these kind of foods don’t know, is that you gain a lot more from it than just being able to give yourself a pat on the back for making a healthier choice.

When you start feeding your body more of what it needs, you start to become more in tune with yourself. I know, it sounds like some pseudo-spiritual Yoga instructor rubbish, but it’s true. Not only do you become more aware of what your body is asking for nutritionally, but also in more general terms.

This week, I’ve been trying spirulina, a blue-green algae found in alkaline lakes, often those near to volcanoes. After reading about the dangers of consuming spirulina which has not been adequately regulated, I was lucky to find the powder on sale at a health food store, to be mixed with a little water and chugged, just like I’m already so used to doing with wheatgrass.

Why spirulina?
Spirulina has an interesting background. Originally consumed by the Aztecs and Mayas, it was reportedly given to children in Chernobyl to treat the effects of radiation and also fed to astronauts working for NASA in the 1970s. Today, it is still thought to be one of the healthiest foods in the world, with an endless list of benefits.

The taste
Spirulina is without a doubt, one of the most disgusting things I have ever tasted. It was so bad, it tried to jump straight back up and out of my mouth. Even the smell of it alone is enough to turn my stomach. I soon found that pinching my nose and washing it down with coffee was the only way to keep it down. It is recommended not to drink coffee, alcohol or soft drinks within an hour of taking spirulina as it may negate some of the benefits, however, I was satisfied that I was still noticing plenty of effects.

The benefits
– Energy boost
– Decreased bloating
– Improved digestion
– Improved mood
– Improved complexion
– Improved mental clarity

The negatives
– The taste!
– Potential for a Herxheimer reaction
– Dehydration

The conclusionAs when taking any superfood (if you’re not used to them), a Herxheimer reaction is likely. This causes symptoms similar to a cold, but is actually a sign of rapid detoxification. For the average person, this is not a serious issue. I did not suffer this part, but I did get a monster of a headache for the first couple of days – it is essential to up your water intake when taking spirulina. Although it’s too early to come to a verdict on some of the bigger claims, the benefits I experienced made it worth trying. The only thing I would do differently in the future would be to purchase it in tablet form!

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