I just started taking 'Greens shots' a few days ago. I went to Popeye's, where I get my protein shake and greens powders, and started looking at fish oils. The consultant there gave me a sample of a greens and fish oil shot - and I'm hooked! (Baahaa, get it - fish - hooked.... sorry.)
Progressive OmegEssential is a fish oil but you wouldn't know it because of a slight natural orange flavor. It's actually quite pleasant and doesn't even taste oily, let alone fishy. The shots actually taste a little like a creamsicle style Popsicle, if you remember those.
Anyway, before I even get into the shower, I mix a up a shot with some filtered water, a scoop of VegeGreens, about a tablespoon of the OmegaEssential and a dosage of liquid vitamin B12 and D3. I shake it together in a mini jamming jar because it's easier than stirring it.
There's a lot of information out there that says vitamins B12 and D3 can help in the treatment of depression along with fish oils. Vitamins deficiencies is something that can be checked by your doctor through blood work. I did mine about six months ago and it showed that I was low in both.
There is some debate about whether or not vitamin D is a treatment for depression. For the most part, it's been said that low vitamin D is a symptom of depression, now some studies are suggesting that the reality is that low vitamin D itself has symptoms similar to depression. It's a slight distinction in a chicken or the egg came first sort of way.
In the second photo, you'll notice Kefir and maybe you've heard about the benefits of it lately. There's more and more buzz about how this centuries-old probiotic is linked to good brain health.
In May 2013, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) published study results suggesting our gut sends signals to our brains when conventional thinking was the other way around; that our brain talks to our gut.
In the study of 36 women, researchers found interesting brain imaging results before and after twice daily probiotic intake that suggests those who were consuming it had better emotional response than those who were not.
"Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut," said Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, an associate professor of medicine in the digestive diseases division at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine and lead author of the study. "Our study shows that the gut–brain connection is a two-way street."
Of course it takes a little reading before you notice the study was funded by Danone, a probiotic yogurt manufacturer, but receipt of funding really is the only way universities get to study, right?
I started to eat Kefir more than a year ago because I love yogurt but I am lactose intolerant. I find the Kefir does not affect me and I do notice a difference in myself emotionally when I eat it regularly. Mostly though, I notice my "digestive health", (hint, hint) is really good!
You don't need to eat alot of Kefir as part of a daily intake, a couple of tablespoons per day works its magic. And my theory is that if I'm consuming it to help with bacteria in my intestines, then I'd best take in when they are near empty - to get it down in there by itself to do its thing. So I take a couple of gulps of it to take my multivitamins with in the morning; now along with my green shot.
As for vitamins, I picked Dr Whitaker's brand nearly two years ago (not that I'm endorsing it in particular but I would suggest anything similar. It happens that my Naturopath at the time knew of Dr Whitaker products.) I like that it's organic and appears to me to be more broad-based than other concentrated formulas. I also like that each twice-daily dose is packaged - I find it easier to put a package in my lunch bag when I'm working. (I have found it at Kardish Foods but ordered my last batch online).
So that's a bit about morning supplement routines - I'd love to hear what you do.
Until next time - be well.