Have you ever wished for a simple drink that has everything you need to promote and maintain your health? Something that’s easy to prepare, easy to include in your daily routine, has natural ingredients, it’s not a pill and above all that protects and promotes the health of your heart, brain, liver, skin, hair, nails, bones, joints, muscles, blood, everything? Well, here it is! A magical mixture from Mother’s Nature itself of everything you need for your body, mind, and soul, in just one cup of water.
Add 1 teaspoon of:
- Maca powder
- Bee pollen
Add 1 tablespoon of:
- Collagen peptides
- MCT oil
- Cocoa butter
- Hemp hearts
To one cup of water ( 236ml).
But what are all these ingredients and why they are so great for my health? Read more about it and learn about the fantastic health benefits of each one of them.
Spirulina is a blue-green microalga, one of the oldest life forms and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth. It has almost 50-65% protein ( more than beef or chicken) and all the essential amino acids we need. It has high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin B12, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), chlorophyll, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, calcium, phosphorus, iron nucleic, acids RNA & DNA, and phycocyanin, a pigment-protein complex that is found only in blue-green algae.
One tablespoon (7g) contains 4g of Protein, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.
- Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
- Lowers LDL and triglycerides levels
- Protects HDL ( good cholesterol)
- Improves symptoms of allergic rhinitis ( see study here)
- Anti-cancer properties
- Effective against anemia ( see study here)
- Improves immune system ( see study here)
- Reduces blood pressure ( see study here)
- Improves muscle endurance and strength
- Lowers blood sugar levels
Maca is a Peruvian plant grown in the Andes mountains. It has been used for medical purposes and in the kitchen as well.
- Reduces blood pressure
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Female hormone imbalance
- Powerful antioxidant
- Energy booster
- Effective against anemia
- Improves memory and learning
- Increases fertility
- Improves mood
- Reduces menopause
- Boosts the immune system
Matcha literally means ” powdered tea”. The preparation of matcha is the focus of Japanese tea ceremonies, and it has long been associated with Zen. Unlike traditional green tea, in matcha preparation, the tea plants are covered with shade cloths before they’re harvested, to avoid direct sunlight. This way the leaves grow with better flavor and texture, which are hand-selected, steamed to end fermentation, then dried and aged in cold storage, which deepens the flavor. The dried leaves are then stone-ground into a fine powder.
- It has more antioxidants than any other superfood
- Boosts metabolism and burns Calories
- Natural detoxifier
- Calms the mind and relaxes the Body
- Mood enhancer
- Lowers cholesterol
- Lowers blood sugar
- Protects the liver ( see study here)
- Memory enhancer ( see study here)
- Protects the heart
Collagen peptides are a cold-soluble, easily digestible and highly bioactive form of collagen. They are made from pasture-raised bovine hides. The hides are first cleaned and soaked in hot water to remove the fat. They are then soaked in an alkaline or acid solution to facilitate the release of collagen. They are obtained by breaking down of the molecular bonds between individual collagen strands to peptides.
But what is collagen?
Collagen is the body’s most important building block and it makes up approximately 30% of the proteins in our bodies. Collagen is the key structural protein that ensures the union, elasticity, and regeneration of all our connective tissues, including skin (70%), tendons (85%), ligaments (70%), cartilage (70%), and bones (90%). In essence, collagen is strong and flexible and is the ‘glue’ that holds everything together.
With age, our bodies naturally begin to produce less collagen, and the first signs of aging start to occur such as wrinkles, more fragile and breakable bones, joint discomfort.
- Promotes younger looking skin
- Support nails growth
- Strengthens hair
- Replenish moisture levels in hair
- Prevents the formation of wrinkles
- Improves skin moisture levels
- Supports bone and joint health
- Contributes to weight management
- Supports healthy gut
- Aids the liver in ditching toxins
Bee pollen is a ball of pollen made by young bees when they land on a flower. It’s a mixture of pollen, saliva, and nectar or honey. It contains vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, lipids, and protein. Be careful as bee pollen can cause a serious allergic reaction including shortness of breath, hives, and swelling. Also, it is not safe for pregnant women or if you are breastfeeding and can interact with certain medications.
- Relieves inflammation
- Boosts liver health
- Reduces stress
- Speeds up healing
- Strengthens the immune system
- Works as an antioxidant ( has resveratrol, an antioxidant found in wine)
- Great for hay fever or mouth sores
- Promotes weight loss
- Aids constipation
MCTs (medium-chain triglyceride) are partially man-made fats. MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs. They have been used as medicine for treating food absorption disorders including diarrhea, steatorrhea (fat indigestion), celiac disease, liver disease, and digestion problems due to partial surgical removal of the stomach (gastrectomy) or the intestine (short bowel syndrome). Athletes sometimes use MCTs for nutritional support during training, to increase exercise performance, for decreasing body fat and increasing lean muscle mass, and for weight loss.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- An instant source of energy
- Fights yeast and bacterial growth
- Support diabetes management
- Balance hormone levels
- Improves your mood
- Better digestion
Cocoa butter is a pure, stable fat that is pressed out of cacao beans. It is considered a vegetable fat and despite the word ‘ butter’ in it, it doesn’t have any dairy products.
Cocoa butter is perfect for salves, lotions, lip balm, and some makeup. Because it is nontoxic and melts at body temperature, it is also used as a base for medical suppositories to deliver medications.
- Makes you happy by boosting neurotransmitters and balancing hormones
- Increases immunity
- Regenerates your skin
- Relieves constipation
- Boosts your metabolism
- Fights signs of aging
- Helps with mouth sores
- Improves heart health
- Great source of vitamin K and vitamin E
Hemp seeds are the seeds of the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa, the same species as cannabis (marijuana). But they contain only trace amounts of THC, the compound that causes the drug-like effects of marijuana.
- Very rich in Omega-3 and Omega-6
- Great source of plant-based protein ( 30g hemp seeds- 10g of protein)
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Great source of healthy fats
- Aid digestion
- Relieves dry skin
- Reduce PMS symptoms
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce muscle cramps
Lastly, I want to end this blog post with this beautiful quote from Wild Woman Sisterhood:
” The mountains are my bones,
The rivers my veins.
The forests are my thoughts,
And the stars are my dreams.
The ocean is my heart,
It’s punding in my pulse.
The sounds of the Earth write
The music of my soul.”
With all my love,
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach