I hope you had a wonderful and germ-free weekend! I've noticed that many people around me are coming down with colds or viruses and so I'm doing my part to strengthen my immune system. Although I find it super fun to make the sign of the cross with my fingers while simultaneously backing away slowly from a germy person, there are other more effective ways to ensure that you stay as healthy as possible during cold and flu season.
My all-time favorite go-to immune booster is Oil of Oregano. I love that stuff and use it almost all the time. It's so effective in warding off illnesses that sometimes I swear it works even when I'm just thinking about taking it. If you haven't tried it yet please pick some up the next time you are near a natural food store. You will be glad you did when everyone around you is coughing and sneezing, I promise! Oh, and it tastes exactly how it sounds... like oregano. In fact, once you've taken it you'll swear you just ate a plate of pasta. No joke.
My other favorite go-to is Spirulina. I love it in my smoothies and tend to overdose on it sometimes. Last week I was sprinkling it on my salads as well! If you are new to Spirulina, start off slow as it can play havoc with your stomach. Not in a bad way, you would just be uncomfortable for a while until your body gets used to it. So start with a 1/4 tsp for a week or more and then increase the amount. I usually have between 2-3 teaspoons a day and sometimes up to 2 tablespoons depending on if I feel I need an extra immune boost.
My absolute favorite way of using spirulina is in a green smoothie. Here is my current smoothie mix obsession (actually I think it's been my obsession for over a year):
1/2 - 1 cup coconut water
2-3 cups greens (spinach, kale, romaine, etc)
1 cup mango, frozen
1 banana, frozen
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp spirulina
handful of sprouts (optional)
vanilla protein powder (optional)
Add all of the ingredients in the order listed to your high speed blender and process until smooth. Pour in a glass and drink with a straw!
Happy Monday everyone!