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How To Look Beautiful And Live Longer With Spirulina

One question I keep getting asked is, “When are we going to do a story on the Spirulina plant?”

First of all, spirulina is not actually a plant. It’s a type of bacteria called cyanobacterium which is often referred to as blue-green algae.

spirulina plant
Blue-green algae washes ashore.

Cyanobacteria are classified as bacteria because their genetic material is not organized in a membrane-bound nucleus.

Spirulina protein

Spirulina has so much protein that puts fish and meats to shame.

It has around 66 percent complete protein compared to beef, which is only 26 percent, and fish, which is only 22 percent.

For this reason, many bodybuilders add spirulina powder to their diet plan.

Yes, it can give you an energy boost but it’s best used after a workout mixed with a whey-based protein powder.

Spirulina also has 58 times the iron of raw spinach and 28 times that of raw beef liver – Impressive, huh?

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Spirulina weight loss

Those who want to use spirulina powder for weight loss typically consume 1 teaspoon per day, generally before meals.

Unfortunately, it is not a miracle weight loss cure, but when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, it may help you achieve your weight loss goals.

The key to losing weight with spirulina is intermittent fasting.

A controlled way of intermittent fasting is best done by the 16:8 method. This involves eating nothing for 16 hours a day, then eat during your 8-hour feeding window.

I only eat during my 8-hour window – from 1 PM until 9 PM.

Doing some exercise on an empty stomach and then taking spirulina before your first meal will help reduce fat fast!

I’ve been following the 16.8 method for 1 year now. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories.

Spirulina liver detox

Thanks to its high levels of chlorophyll, spirulina is also used in detox and cleanse programs.

Chlorophyll-rich foods and drinks clean the blood and can help treat conditions like eczema, anemia, and other chronic skin eruptions.

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Aside from cleansing your blood, chlorophyll is effective for a liver cleanse which can help prevent cancer-causing substances from attaching to cells.

One study found men with lower levels of chlorophyll had higher risks of colon cancer.

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A healthy liver is important for so many reasons. Photo: Shutterstock

You can help protect your liver from damage and improve its ability to eliminate toxins with this super easy Spirulina smoothie.

Ingredients

  • Coconut water (100%, NO added sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon organic spirulina powder
  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1 handful of ice
  • Juice of 2 lemons

Add all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy! You can also add a teaspoon of chia seeds on top if you wish.

Spirulina for acne

Some acne sufferers swear by spirulina as a natural cure for pimples and oily skin, whether taken orally in the form of powder or capsules or applied directly to the skin.

Interestingly, some people have singled it out as actually causing acne!

Spirulina contains high levels of iodine, but we need only a small amount of it for good health.

We sweat out the excess, which irritates the pores in the process which can inflame acne.

Until clinical trials are conducted, we cannot say for sure whether spirulina is good or bad for acne sufferers.

However, it does contain high levels of many compounds that are essential for clear, healthy skin.

These include vitamins A, C, E, K and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, phosphorous, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, manganese, selenium, and calcium.

So why not give it a try? There’s not much to lose.

Many beauticians swear that spirulina mixed with organic honey is one of the best home remedies for clear and beautiful skin.

Make sure you cleanse your skin first, then mix the two ingredients together to form a paste.

Then generously apply the mask to your face with your fingertips, avoiding your eye area, and leave for 20 minutes.

Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth and follow with a moisturizer or serum for added hydration.

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Spirulina benefits

There is absolutely no doubt that spirulina is incredibly nutritious with numerous health benefits.

Modern research has recognized it as one of the world’s most nutritionally complete superfoods, as it offers health benefits to the entire body.

  • A recent study found that both men and women who take 1 teaspoon daily can lower their blood pressure in just six weeks.
  • Has positive effects for those dealing with hair loss thanks to its high levels of copper and iron.
  • Helps our body eliminate toxin accumulation problems such as body odor, and bad breath.
  • Helps us sleep better thanks to its high levels of magnesium and potassium. Deficiencies in these elements have been shown to cause insomnia and poor quality of sleep.
  • Stimulates the immune system by increasing the number of antibodies which can help heal and prevent a herpes outbreak.

Spirulina side effects

  • People who suffer from thyroid conditions and/or iodine allergies should avoid taking this supplement.
  • You should also avoid spirulina if you have an autoimmune disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or lupus.
  • Diabetics and people who are highly susceptible to gout should first consult their doctor before use.
  • It is also not known at this time whether it is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Do not use if you have phenylketonuria.

For people not on any medication, Spirulina appears to be safe, even at high doses, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

However, sometimes they are produced under unrestrained settings often containing dangerously high amounts of harmful pesticides and heavy metals.

Luckily, there’s a really easy way to avoid this problem: just buy organic.

I use a certified organic Hawaiian Spirulina which is pesticide free – the highest quality – from Nutrex Hawaii.

Remember, the more natural, organic foods you eat, the better off you will be.