Welcome to the NEW Healthista series featuring 30 days of weight loss tips with Nutritionist Rick Hay. Discover why adding the algae spirulina to your juices and smoothies can help
Today’s tip from nutritionist Rick Hay is about adding spirulina to your diet. A type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants spirulina can help protect cells from damage. and contains many nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Its weight loss benefits lie in the fact that it’s a high protein supplement, made up of 62 per cent amino acids, making it great for vegans and vegetarians. Protein helps keep you satisfied between meals and can help the body burn more fat. It’s also great for immune system and liver support and could help the liver detox excess fats and toxins.
Rick Hay says: ‘Deep green superfoods like spirulina are rich in chlorophyll, which cleansing, and alkalizing and helps with digestion. It’s also highly nutrient dense, which means a tablespoon contains an abundance of nutrients, more than you would get in most other foods, gram for gram. If you deliver more nutrient density to your body you are less likely to be hungry. It also delivers iron for energy. Another mineral it contains is magnesium to help with your nervous system because managing stress is important for successful weight loss. Stake 1-2 teaspoons per day in a juice or in a smoothie.’
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Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @nutritiomalphys