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Feeling a bit flat? Not eating enough vegies? Drinking too much beer? Want to surf better and for longer? Let’s talk about spirulina.

What is it?

Spirulina is a spiral shaped algae that grows underwater. I think of spirulina as nature’s multivitamin. There are abundant amounts of a whole host of vitamins and minerals and because it’s completely natural and unrefined it absorbs well into your system.

Why I recommend it to my customers:

It helps to rid the body of acid, boosts energy and is great for vegetarians and vegans to increase iron, B12, essential fatty acids and protein. I also give it in high doses to athletes and people who are really physically active who need extra nutrients to keep their energy levels up.

Clean and green:

Spirulina is rich in chlorophyll (which gives it such an intense green colour).The chlorophyll is high in magnesium and a fantastic blood cleanser. So if you’ve been overindulging and need a gentle detox, give spirulina a try

How to use spirulina:

Look, it’s a green plant so it’s not going to taste like strawberry milkshakes. It tastes a bit grassy. So I recommend first time users to take the tablets. But if you want to try the powder add 1 tsp to your banana smoothie, fresh vegie juice or a glass of apple juice. Because it’s going to give you an energy boost, have the tablets after brekkie.

The perfect post-surf smoothie:

Whizz up in a blender:

300ml of coconut water or apple juice

1 tsp of spirulina powder

½ cup frozen berries

1 Tbsp LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond meal)

A handful of chopped pineapple

1 banana

Some ice

A handful of baby spinach

1 cup of water

Emma the Naturopath xx

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Emma Locandro   BHSc (Nutritional Medicine),  Adv Dip (Naturopathy)

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