This Smoothie Ingredient Can Reset Your Health (And Your Immune System)
There’s no way around it: If you want to live a long, healthy life you need to eat a nutrient-rich diet. Research confirms that people who eat the most fruits and vegetables feel the best, enjoy the best health and live the longest.
But while the government’s official recommendation is to eat five servings of vegetables per day, most experts I talk to say that based on their declining nutritional value, you really need to eat more like seven to ten, which very few people actually do.
Unfortunately, eating pure, nutritious food is not always easy, with the abundance of highly processed, genetically engineered (GMOs) and sugar-laden foods we’re inundated with these days. And even if you do manage to eat a healthy diet, you’re probably still not getting all of the nutrients you need on a daily basis.
Food Just Isn’t the Same as It Used to Be
The unfortunate truth is most of the food produced today has had most of the health-promoting components bred out of it through hybridization, genetic manipulation and other modern industrial agricultural practices. In fact, according to recent USDA statistics, vitamin and mineral levels in commercially grown fruits and vegetables have fallen by as much as 85% over the last 40 years.
For example, as compared to 1975…
- Broccoli now contains 50% less calcium
- Collard greens contain 60% less potassium and 85% less magnesium
- Apples contain 41% less vitamin A
- Bell peppers contain 31% less vitamin C
This is exactly why I believe that including a special class of extremely nutrient-dense foods known as “superfoods” in your diet plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal health.
The term “superfood” has become something of a marketing buzzword lately, but it’s not always used in a meaningful or accurate way. A true superfood nourishes your body at the deepest level possible with the antioxidants, trace minerals, essential amino acids, polysaccharides and other micronutrients that are largely absent from our modern diet.
I’ve spent most of my adult life studying health and nutrition, and incorporating what I’ve learned into my personal diet, as well as sharing this information with my readers. For years, my diet has been based on organic leafy greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, beans and small amounts of animal protein for years now. But it wasn’t until I learned how to tap into the power of superfoods that I began to see dramatic improvements in my mood, energy levels, as well as overall health and performance.
If you’ve been struggling with nagging health concerns or feeling run down or otherwise less than your best, please keep reading.
Because if I could give you just one piece of dietary advice, it would be to worry less about eating perfectly and to focus more on incorporating superfoods into your diet on a daily basis.
Rebuild Your Body to Recharge Your Health
Science is proving that the old adage “You are what you eat” is true in more ways than you might have imagined.
Not only do the foods you put in your body influence your appearance, mood, energy levels and wellbeing on a day-to-day basis, they literally become the proteins that make up the cells that are your skin, heart, brain, lungs, liver and other organs.
For example, did you know that some cells, such as those that form the lining of your stomach and small intestine, renew themselves completely in as few as three days? Some experts claim that your entire body, in effect, renews itself every two years!
So it is truly possible to rebuild your body and recharge your health at any age by providing your body with the high quality raw materials it needs to generate new, healthy cells.
Superfoods: The Missing Piece to the Nutritional Puzzle
In my view, superfoods represent the missing piece to the nutritional puzzle of eating for optimal health in the modern age. And while modern technology is to blame for many of the problems with our food system and health, we can take advantage of technological advances to easily and conveniently ensure that you are eating healthy each and every day!
And there is no doubt that convenience is a major factor for most of us when it comes to making sustainable dietary shifts.
That’s why I, like many health conscious people, got so excited when I started to see green superfood powders made from ingredients like barley grass and spirulina on health food store shelves. These powders made it possible for me to incorporate massive doses of phytonutrients into my morning routine without having to wash, peel, chop, cook or juice a single thing!
“My Nagging Aches and Pains Nearly Vanished”
Within a few days of beginning to add a green superfoods powder to my morning smoothie, I noticed a profound shift in my health. My digestion started to run more smoothly and the nagging aches and pains that used to bother me had nearly vanished. So I set out on a research mission to identify the world’s top superfoods to make sure I was getting them in my diet — and, of course, so I could share this information with my readers.
The Importance of Alkalizing with Mineral-Rich Green Foods
The process of digesting the food you eat affects your body’s pH balance, which must remain within a narrow range for optimal health. The typical American diet tends to move the body’s pH towards the acidic end of the spectrum with its abundance of acid-forming meats, dairy, processed foods, breads, cereals, sweeteners and soft drinks.
The burning pain and damage caused by acid indigestion is just one example of how eating too many acid-forming foods can impact your health. Over time, the work your body must do to neutralize the acidic load can cause your health to deteriorate. There is some evidence to suggest that excess acidity can trigger a wide range of problems, including microbial imbalances, inflammation, joint discomfort, skin problems and moodiness.
The good news is that even if your diet contains acid-forming foods, consuming green foods can help to bring the body back toward a healthy state of alkalinity.
Chlorophyll, the pigment that gives leafy green vegetables, grasses, algaes and other plants their green color, is extremely alkalizing. With a molecular structure similar to that of hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen throughout the body and makes blood red, chlorophyll also has numerous health benefits, ranging from balancing your body’s pH to supporting cellular detoxification and digestive regularity. Green foods are also rich in a wide array of trace minerals, amino acids, enzymes, antioxidants and other phytonutrients.
While leafy greens like kale and spinach are a good source of chlorophyll and are quite nutritious, they don’t come close to offering the nutrient density found in these top three green superfoods:
- Barley Grass: The shoots of the barley plant, barley grass is high in essential amino acids, enzymes and vitamins, particularly C, K and E. It’s also packed with minerals, including iron, calcium and magnesium. Barley grass also contains high levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant that scavenges cell-disrupting free radicals in the body. Many of the nutrients it provides are not found in any of the other green vegetables that typically make up our diets.
- Spirulina: Spirulina is a type of freshwater blue-green algae that has been consumed as part of traditional diets throughout the world for centuries. Sixty percent protein by weight, spirulina offers the full profile of essential amino acids the human body needs and is also incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other micronutrients. Spirulina is also highly digestible, so the nutrients it contains are extremely easy to absorb, which makes it an incredibly valuable food source.
- Chlorella: Chlorella is another type of freshwater blue-green algae. It was once impossible for humans to absorb nutrients from chlorella because of its thick cell walls. Modern technology can now crack those cell walls, releasing chlorella’s wide array of essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that otherwise would resist digestion. Chlorella is extremely rich in chlorophyll and is known for its ability to help chelate or remove toxic metals from the body.
Berries & Superfruits: Nature’s Antioxidant Powerhouses
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the health benefits of consuming berries. Sales of blueberries have skyrocketed in the U.S. as word has spread about the heart, brain and whole body benefits of the potent anthocyanins they contain. Well, blueberries certainly qualify as a superfood in my book.
But in addition to blueberries, I identified seven other “superfruits” that surpass other fruits with their unique nutrient profiles: cranberry, raspberry, strawberry, apple, acerola (a type of cherry from the Amazon), pomegranate and amla (an Ayurvedic herb also known as Indian gooseberry).
Amla has generated a tremendous amount of interest recently, as research has begun to suggest that is has a positive impact on blood glucose, lipid profiles, endothelial function and arterial flexibility. Clinical studies on a patented amla extract called Capros® are particularly intriguing. This research shows that Capros® amla extract provides powerful support for cardiovascular health.
Medicinal Mushrooms & Superherbs to the Rescue
Recent research has validated much of what herbalists throughout Asia and Russia have known for thousands of years about the benefits of consuming certain mushroom species. Studies have shown that a type of polysaccharide found in medicinal mushrooms, called beta-glucans, have the ability to modulate the immune system by lowering an over-active immune response, and stimulating an under-active immune response.
When used over a period of time, beta-glucans build, strengthen and balance the immune system. Triterpenes, another class of compounds found in mushrooms, help the body deal with stress by regulating and normalizing bodily functions, while also helping to increase oxygen uptake and supporting liver function.
Based on my research, I would place shiitake, cordyceps, maitake and reishi at the top of my list of mushroom species. And while I think medicinal mushrooms deserve a place in everyone’s daily regimen, there are also several “superherbs” that are universally beneficial for just about everyone. They include turmeric, cinnamon, milk thistle, green tea, pine bark, grape seed and papaya leaf. These potent herbs do amazing things like help to promote a healthy inflammatory response, balance blood sugar levels, support liver health, boost metabolism and optimize cardiovascular health.
Extra Support for Healthy Digestion & Immune Function
Did you know there are over one hundred trillion microorganisms living inside your gastrointestinal tract? That’s right, you have 10 times as many microbes cohabitating with you as you have cells in your body. Also known as “probiotics” these bacteria provide nutrients, facilitate digestion, and form the baseline of our immune system.
When probiotics are abundant in your body, it’s harder for bacteria that cause illness to get a foothold, and thus you stay healthier. Without the adequate amount or the correct proportions of these individual species in your digestive system, your immunity can become compromised. Three of the most effective strains of probiotics are L. casei, B. bifidum and L. acidophilus.
The Green Superfood Powder I Recommend
Like every other trendy supplement and health food product, there are a lot of junk superfood powders out there, so you need to be careful — really careful. That’s because these powders contain highly concentrated ingredients, and if the ingredients were grown with pesticides or other chemicals, you could end up consuming concentrated levels of lead, arsenic or other dangerous heavy metals.
I actually got so frustrated with hearing readers complain about the low quality, high cost and general unpalatable taste of the green superfood powders out there that I decided to develop my own formula. It’s called SynergyGreens™and it combines the highest quality versions available of all of the top superfoods I mentioned above and then some, and it’s free of dangerous contaminants. Best of all, it’s affordable and even my kids love the taste. It makes a very healthy addition to smoothies, juices and even salad dressings.
For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get SynergyGreens for as low as $29.95 for a one-month supply. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal. Click here to take advantage of this offer.
As you may be aware, in addition to my work with Live in the Now, I run Stop Aging Now, a company that has been proudly making premium-grade supplements for over 20 years. Working with the company’s Scientific Advisory Board, we created SynergyGreens by combining over 20 organic superfood ingredients into a convenient powder that we carefully engineered to taste as great as it will make you feel.
SynergyGreens is designed to quickly and conveniently balance out gaps in your daily diet, while supercharging your health. It’s become a staple of my morning routine. Here’s an overview of why I think you’ll find no better superfood green powder out there:
- Organic Ingredients: Just like fresh fruits and veggies, powdered green foods have the potential to soak up pesticides and other chemicals from their growing environments. And because a huge amount of raw material is used to make green powders, there is potential for significant levels of pesticide residues. You can rest assured that the ingredients in SynergyGreens are not contaminated with dangerous toxins.
- Barley Grass, Spirulina, Chlorella and More: SynergyGreens contains an array of green plant foods including barley grass, the blue-green algaes spirulina and chlorella, broccoli, kale and parsley. It also contains carrot, beet and tomato for additional phytonutrient benefits.
- Capros® Amla, Blueberries and Other Superfruits: SynergyGreens provides a wide array of free radical-fighting antioxidants from whole berries and other fruits. The unique phytonutrients found in these superfruits promote optimal cardiovascular and cognitive function, healthy aging and optimal wellness.
- Medicinal Mushrooms and Herbs: SynergyGreens supports optimal, robust immune function and overall health with a blend of shiitake, cordyceps, maitake and reishi mushrooms. It also contains seven potent herbs, including turmeric, cinnamon, milk thistle and others for additional benefits.
- Probiotics and Enzymes: SynergyGreens supports optimal digestive function with 3 billion CFU of beneficial probiotics and a blend of digestive enzymes. This helps to ensure that your body is able to extract and absorb the multitude of nutrients found in the SynergyGreens formula.
- Great Taste: SynergyGreens is flavored with natural stevia and lemon, so it has no added calories from sugar. Simply mix a scoop of SynergyGreens with water, juice or your favorite beverage. It smells and tastes great, and you can rest assured that you’re getting a comprehensive spectrum of phytonutrients, polyphenols and antioxidants on a daily basis.
- It’s Affordable: SynergyGreens is available for as low as $29.95 per tub, which is the same or even less than those discount, low-quality products.
- You Can Try It Risk-Free: SynergyGreens comes with an “any reason” 365-day guarantee. That’s right, take it for up to one year, and return it for a full refund if you don’t like it. I personally guarantee that you’ll feel a difference, or it’s FREE!
For a limited time, Live in the Now readers can get SynergyGreens for as low as $29.95 for a one-month supply. I encourage you to take advantage of this great deal.
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Joshua Corn – Editor-in-Chief
Josh is a health freedom advocate and veteran of the natural health industry. He has been actively involved in the natural health movement for over 15 years, and has been dedicated to the promotion of health, vitality, longevity and natural living throughout his career. Josh has successfully overcome several personal health challenges through natural means, and believes that sharing information can empower people to take control of their health so they can solve their own problems and live life to its fullest potential. Josh is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Live in the Now. Additionally he serves as CEO of Stop Aging Now, a company that has been formulating premium dietary supplements since 1995. Josh is currently working on his first book about natural health, and is gearing up to launch the Live in the Now radio show. In addition to his work in the natural health field, Josh is an avid outdoorsman, animal lover and enjoys “living in the now” with his wife and two sons.