Aloe vera, ginger (top), tumeric (right), chlorella (dark green), and bee pollen (yellow), are packed full of nutrients that gives your immune system a good jolt……so you don’t have to call in sick to work. These are the daily smoothie staples I make sure to include….well….because there’s nothing that ruins a great day like having to spend it with a box of tissues in bed.
We all know and love aloe vera for its sunburn-healing/soothing properties, but there are numerous other benefits to this succulent that we all need to know about. You can thank me later! Aloe vera supports weight loss, helps to detox, benefits the skin/hair, fights colds/coughs, improves the immune system, lowers cholesterol, boots metabolism (we need all the help we can get), has anti-cancer properties, reduces the symptoms of acid reflux, and has anti-aging properties……..hallelujah!! You can blend it whole, or just simply use the meat. Be warned…..it is bitter and slimy alone, so it is best used in a smoothie or juice. Aloe vera is also super easy to grow in your backyard (large pot or ground soil), so that is a plus. You can’t beat homegrown!
Ginger and tumeric belong to the same Zingiberaceae family, and contain some similar compounds. Ginger is well-known for fighting morning/motion sickness, but it can do so much more! It can relieve fatigued muscles, reduce arthritis inflammation, improve circulation, block heartburn, clear sinuses, fight Alzheimer’s disease, improve breath, strengthen the immune system, clear skin, protect against radiation, reduce the risk of heart attack (this is a big one), relieve menstrual cramps, and fight infections.
Science confirms that tumeric is as, if not more, effective as 16 medications. I’ll take it! This amazing super-root aids in metabolism and weight management, is an antibiotic, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-arthritic, blood purifier, and skin tonic. It can reduce side effects of chemotherapy, lower cholesterol, improve skin conditions, improve digestion by preventing gas/bloating, prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, slow the progression of Multiple Sclerosis, prevent cancer, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. So the next time you need to reach for the Advil and Pepto Bismol, try going for some ginger and tumeric instead.
You can make a tea from this powerful duo, juice it, or blend it up in a smoothie of course! If possible…..you always want to try to go the organic route! If you can’t find organic ginger and tumeric in root form, then these are a few of my favorite brands in powder/capsule form: Gaia Herbs Ginger Supreme with Tumeric (capsules and/or powder), Gaia Herbs Tumeric Supreme: Pain, Thrive Market Organic Ginger Powder, Frontier Ground Organic Tumeric Root Powder, Indus Organic Tumeric/Ginger Powder, Solaray Organically Grown Ginger Root.
Here is a little introduction to this amazing single-cell, blue-green algae, called chlorella (cousin to spirulina). Like tumeric…..chlorella can fight the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and can be used in addition to natural cancer treatments. Many sources list chlorella as one of the most nutrient dense foods in the world. It has a very hard outer shell, making it almost completely indigestible to humans, so it must undergo a special process that cracks the outer shell for enhanced digestibility.
Chlorella is used to remove fungi, bacteria, poisons from the blood, and strengthen liver function. It can also prevent cancer, strengthen the immune system, as well as treat allergies, anemia, depression, body odors, skin problems, hormone imbalance, seizures, hypoglycemia, P.M.S., herpes, high blood pressure, diabetes, nasal congestion, cold sores, and aid in heavy metal detoxification. Like anything, make sure you know the source of where the chlorella is coming from. Most importantly…..it needs to be pure, or it could be at risk for containing high amounts of lead and other fillers…….booooooo! A couple of my favorite brands are HealthForce Chlorella Manna (tablets and/or powder), and Sun Potion Chlorella Powder.
What’s the hype with bee pollen you ask? Well….I’m here to tell you! Can you believe that bee pollen contains almost all of the nutrients required by the human body to thrive? Mind…..blown. Bee pollen is a holistic remedy used throughout the world. Unfortunately, it is not understood among many…..therefore overlooked often. Bee pollen is made by honeybees, and is the food of the young bee. Bee-gathered pollens are rich in proteins (approximately 40% protein), free amino acids, vitamins…..including the B-complex and folate. It is a complete food and contains many elements that products of animal origin do not possess. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be used directly by the body.
Bee pollen is a natural source of energy, helps to fight disease, reduces the symptoms of allergies, strengthens the immune system, improves digestion, is a natural stress reliever, improves the healing of wounds, stimulates metabolism for weight loss, and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. You can easily incorporate bee pollen into your diet by adding it to smoothies, yogurt, cereal, oatmeal, or simply mixing a pinch of it with water and taking a shot! If you are specifically using bee pollen for allergies, try to find a locally harvested brand. If not……don’t fret, any bee pollen can/will still do the job! A few of my favorite bee pollen brands are Honey Pacifica Coastal Bee Pollen, Our Honey Company Bee Pollen (air-dried fresh Californian), and Frontier Natural Domestic Bee Pollen.
The next time you’re preparing your smoothie, try and add some or all of these ingredients! You will be surprised at what a difference it will/can make!