Did you eat your daily recommended servings of fruits and veggies this week? How do you even know if you are getting the recommended? That all depends on your age/gender/other information. I was curious, so I found this chart which basically breaks it down really simply for you…take a look:
So apparently one servings equals 1/2 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or vegetable juice or 1 cup of leafy raw vegetables. Like the vegetable group, cup size matters here, too. One serving equals 1 cup of fruit or 100 percent fruit juice, or 1/2 cup of dried fruit.
I need about 21 cups of vegetables per week (Im not even going to begin trying to get the variety described in the chart either, that’s another hurdle), which equates to 42 servings?? Thats a lot! About 5 or so servings daily, and this doesn’t even include your weekly suggested fruit intake, which is about the same amount as vegetables.
Going off of my current meal plan, lets say for lunch I have one cup of veggies, and another cup with Dinner, 7 days a week thats = 14 cups. Not even close to the recommended weekly amount. Who has time for that? I guess a lot of folks, but for me that will be a challenge.
So let me get to my main point here, which is why I started to take Spirulina! What the hell is ‘Spear-you-leena’ (thats how I pronounce) you say? Its my easy way of getting 5 servings of fruits/vegetables per day.
Its some blue-green algae that’s grown in ponds which has been consumed for centuries due to its high nutritional value.Its more nutritionally dense than kale. Sounds delicious right? Well, you are right, Its not the best tasting ill be the first to admit it, but what it does for you is incredible. Its tooted as “Natures Multi-Vitamin”, giving you every essential amino acid that your body needs (aka its a protein). This nutritional analysis of spirulinas nutritional makeup is quite impressive, please give it a look-over.
Let me highlight some of the major facts of Spirulina:
- Spirulina is approximately 65 to 71 percent protein (red meat is about 27%)
- Provides all eight essential amino acids in the proper ratios
- Provides all the required amino acids in a form that is easier to digest than meat or soy protein.
- Spirulina supplies several of the vitamins that all living beings need to carry on metabolic processes
- very high in chlorophyll (which similar to hemoglobin in your red blood cells)
From what I could find, one serving of Hawaiian Spirulina Pacifica has the equivalent nutritional value of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, which is more nutrition than any other single whole food according to the FAQ of their website.1 serving is roughly 3g which is just a teaspoon and a half! (1 tablespoon powder = 6 grams) You honestly cant get any easier than that. The Hawaiian Pacifica spirulina is the stuff I purchased from Amazon. I’ve read tons of reviews from different sources, most of which say that this is the best of the best so I went for it. DONT BUY FROM CHINA, is what the verdict is apparently. Too many toxins in their products. People say go for the powder instead of the pills, as the pill form has a bunch of additives in order for it to hold its shape…and also you have to pop 16+ per day in order to get the recommended serving size. I have both powder and pill, but have preferred the powder method as its the easiest anyways. I take a few of the spirulina pills here and there before or after meals to kind of keep the nutrition balanced and sustained throughout the day. Im just hoping that my efforts are worth it.
So what I personally do is I take 1 big spoonful every morning and add it to my morning protein shake. I dont even taste it. A lot of people add it to their shakes/smoothies to give it a nutritional boost, I dont have that kind of time to make a smoothie every morning. Ive also added a scoop to a bottle of water and add one of those crystal lite flavor packets and it was easy to drink. Find whatever works for you.
I have been taking 1 serving of Spirulina every morning for ~2 weeks now and have noticed a few things:
- I dont need coffee in the mornings! This was a major thing for me, it gives sustained energy levels through the day
- Im more alert and can focus for longer, especially on mundane tasks
- My poop is green and more regular (tmi)
- Overall I feel “better”
Ill keep taking Spirulina every day and let you all know how I feel in say a month or two. I plan on continuing using this product based on everything I have read.
There are plenty of claims of it doing all sorts of Miracles….everything from clearing acne to killing cancer. I dont take this powder for those reasoning, I take it for the nutritional benefit. I’m trying to get my weekly vegetable/fruit servings! My assumption is that due to these individuals now getting the proper nutrition in their diet, they then get the benefits that come with a complete diet. Benefits such as weight loss would can be attributed to many factors….its a protein, which means it will fill you up…making it so you’ll probably eat a little less. An indirect effect of the product itself. Do some homework and look into it yourself, most likely you’ll find that this product is something that you should be taking on the regular. Something you will look forward to taking.
Check out some reviews on Amazon for a wide range of opinions and testimonials. There are some negative reviews, one of which claims that this product caused liver damage, however by reading the responses to that review you will find that that user most likely received toxic levels of Vitamin A by other means which caused said damage.
What supplements do you take? Has it helped you in any way?
Thanks for reading.