Spirulina is a blue-green algae, a complete protein, highly alkalizing, and has an abundance of nutrients. The old saying should go…”A shot of spirulina a day keeps the doctors away.” 🙂
Spirulina is not only filled with protein, it also contains many vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin E, K, C, A; just to name a few.
Spirulina has a seaweed taste, almost like the nori wraps in sushi, and is usually sold in powder or tablet form in the bulk spice section or supplement isle at health markets. Or you can even grow your own spirulina!
I’ll be using powdered spirulina along with reverse osmosis water, and a lemon slice for an extra alkaline boost, doubled as a way to get seaweed taste out of your mouth.
The Health Benefits
Spirulina has so many health benefits it’s absolutely astonishing.
This article is the most complete articles I’ve read on the benefits of spirulina. I highly recommend you check it out!
Spirulina to Water Ratio
There is not a set recipe, use as much or as little as needed, but here’s a good standard.
1 shot water = 1/16 tsp spirulina
1 pint water = 1/2 tsp spirulina
1 quart water = 1 tsp spirulina
Anytime I eat too much acidic food, I balance myself with a shot of spirulina. Sometimes I’ll even drink a whole quart size jar, especially in the winter when vegetables are sparse. One of my favorite green powders, Warrior Greens, consists of spirulina along with many other herbs, spices, roots, berries, probiotics, etc. I highly recommend this product, and can assure you I am not paid in any way to recommend it. I always drink warrior greens or spirulina with pure water after a workout for a faster recovery.
Whether you’re an athlete or not you’ll want to read this, “The Alkaline Advantage How pH Promotes Optimal Health and Performance”
They say it is optimal to eat a diet that consists of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acidic foods, especially if you are trying to heal yourself. I get away with 60/40 at times but long term it just causes problems for me. I’m not calculating my days, I’m just giving estimates. The simpler you make it, the easier it will be to follow. See the chart below to see which foods fall into which category and always try to add highly alkaline foods to your day.
Check out this wonderful article for more alkalizing food ideas, and more information about acidic vs. alkaline foods.
If you don’t want to drink spirulina, you can sprinkle powdered spirulina over Chinese food like it’s salt, the seaweed flavor compliments many asian dishes. Or try this spicy spirulina popcorn, it’s super savory and cheesy tasting. Just make sure to wash it down with water.
Spirulina Shots as Alcohol Chasers
Spirulina shots are a great way to pace yourself while drinking alcohol and save you from a hangover the next day. Having clean pure water at your side is the first step. Then I’ll just bring a little bag of powdered spirulina, mix it with the water and chase it with a lemon or lime. Since alcohol is acidic, neutralizing it with the alkalinity of the spirulina, pure water, lemon and lime is the perfect way to achieve balance in drinking responsibly and still having fun.
Spirulina Shots for Heart Burn or Acid Reflux
If you just had dinner and you are burping acid, or you can feel the onset of acid reflux or heart burn, my best advice is to take a shot of spirulina with a lemon or lime. Drink as much as you have to, this replaces the need for tums or pepto- bismol, which I remember never really working and tasting awful. Ingesting a super water-soluble substance like spirulina works almost immediately. Plus those medications don’t work for long-term use and have no nutrients like spirulina does.