Hormone Balancing Star Ingredient: Spirulina
This antioxidant powerhouse is a type of blue-green algae derived from lakes and ponds that’s an amazing source of essential hormone-balancing nutrients (iron, magnesium, calcium & potassium). Due to its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties, it can help reduce cramps, breast tenderness, and inflammation while improving mood + overall hormone balance!
Spirulina nutrients help support your liver, which is the primary place of detoxification in the body and crucial for hormone metabolism (such as detoxification of excess estrogens). Because estrogen & progesterone imbalances are behind some of the most common hormone-related symptoms in women (i.e. PMS, weight gain), this superfood should be high on the shopping list!
Spirulina is a staple in many vegetarian + vegan diets because of its incredible protein content (4g per TBSP which is close to an egg at 6g) and because protein is essential for hormone production, ovulation & fertility, it's a great way to get more of it! To make it a complete protein, pair it with grains, oats, nuts, or seeds! Some ways to add Spirulina into your daily rituals:
>> Add an organic spirulina powder to your smoothies (along with nuts & seeds)!
>> Take a spirulina tablet-like @energybits which is a great pre & post-workout as it's been shown to have beneficial effects on muscle endurance & exercise performance...also supportive after too much alcohol to help detoxify the liver!
>> Use a spirulina cracker (like the ones from @maukfamilyfarms) w/ nut butter on top for a protein-rich snack!
>> Stir a small spoonful of spirulina powder into a glass of water or juice & enjoy on hot days, before/after workouts, and after alcoholic beverages!
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