In this modern age, our lives are affected by too much stress, pollution, chemicals, and toxins which all affect our overall wellness. It is necessary for us to maintain our optimal health and well-being in order to support our body’s ability to detoxify itself. Luckily, there are so many simple, relaxing, and affordable ways wherein we can remove all the toxins out of our system.
One of these ways is through the help of spirulina. It is a blue-green microalga that is full of minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and enzymes. This world’s first superfood is also one of the most nutrient-rich food on Earth.
A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains:
- Vitamin B1 (thiamine): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
- Vitamin B3 (niacin): 4% of the RDA
- Copper: 21% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
- Protein: 4 grams
Aside from this, it holds only 20 calories and 1.7 grams of digestible carbs, contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, small amount of fat — around 1 gram — including both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in an approximately 1.5–1.0 ratio, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that you need.
Spirulina helps flush fluid from the cells and replace them with all these good stuff in it. Bathing with spirulina can help nourish and soften your skin, help you with muscles aches from overuse and fatigue, and if you feel like you are coming down with flu.
Spirulina, along with Epsom salt, which is a potent mineral base, when mixed in medium bathwater can create a process called reverse osmosis. This process involves pulling harmful toxins and salt out of your body, and allows sulfates and magnesium to enter into your body.
Add the following to your warm bath:
½ cup spirulina, mixed in a pitcher of warm water
½ cup Epsom salt
5 drops essential oil (optional)
Other Benefits You Can Obtain From Spirulina
- It helps alkalize the body, thus boosting the function of the liver which is beneficial in the detoxification process.
- The chlorophyll content of spirulina plays an important role in the detoxification process. It helps remove pollutants and toxins from the blood.
- Spirulina is often alternated with chlorella for detoxifying the body.
- Spirulina contains an essential fatty acid known as gamma linolenic acid, which is also found in a mother’s breast milk. Especially when taken with other quality Omega-3 supplements, it can have anti-inflammatory properties.
- Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, which can protect the body against oxidative damage. Phycocyanin, its main active component, is an antioxidant that gives spirulina its unique blue-green color. It fights free radicals and prevents the production of inflammatory signaling molecules, providing impressive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
- According to studies, spirulina may have anti-cancer properties and seems to be effective against a type of precancerous lesion of the mouth called OSMF.
- Consumption of spirulina (4.5 grams per day) increases the production of nitric oxide, a signaling molecule that helps your blood vessels relax and dilate. This may lead to lower blood pressure levels, a major risk factor for many diseases.
- There were pieces of evidence showing that spirulina may help people with type 2 diabetes by reducing their fasting blood sugar levels.
- One of the most common types of anemia is characterized by a reduction in hemoglobin or red blood cells in your blood. There were studies showing that spirulina supplements can increase the hemoglobin content of red blood cells and improve immune function.