Every morning I make Blake a power packed smoothie! I use homemade coconut milk as the base and then I add a bunch of “goodies” like cod liver oil, magnesium, Advantage liquid concentrate, Bragg Cider Vinegar and coconut water kefir!
I also add a handful of frozen blueberries and a quarter of a ripe banana and blend using my immersion hand mixer. Sometimes I will add spinach or avocado or whatever sounds good that packs more nutrients in.Blake loves, loves, loves these smoothies! He says they kind of taste like the sweet tart candies that he cannot eat any more, I suspect that’s due to the cider vinegar.
I take these same supplements daily but not in a smoothie form, I am a little more sensitive to sugar and I rarely eat fruit. So, I take the magnesium and cod liver oil in carrot juice first thing in the morning and I have warm lemon water with the Advantage Liquid Concentrate twice daily. I like to drink the coconut water kefir with a little Bragg’s Cider Vinegar before or with meals.
Here’s the low-down on why we take these supplements:
1. Bragg’s Cider Vinegar: Well, there are so many reasons to take this daily but the main reason we take it is to help produce more digestive enzymes. You can read more about it here and here if you are interested. I use anywhere from a tsp up to a tbsp. 2. Magnesium water: Magnesium is important for so many functions in the body and most people are deficient in this critical mineral. I think everyone should be taking it! Especially people with high anxiety, like Blake and I. Magnesium helps the muscles relax and, for us it promotes an overall sense of calm. It’s good for your heart, helps to regulate blood pressure, good for people with blood sugar problems as it aids in carbohydrate metabolism, and even helps you sleep better! I could go on and on about why magnesium is so good for you, but I will save that for some other post! If you are going to try adding it to your regimen, you really want to be using Magnesium Glycinate as it’s the most absorbable kind and doesn’t cause you to get too loose (if you know what I mean). Blake and I are both very sensitive to supplements because we notice the subtle changes in our bodies which can sometimes cause anxiety. We have tried the Magnesium Glycinate and didn’t really care for it. We have also tried a trans-dermal magnesium gel, which is applied topically. It was ok, but very messy and in the winter months it would sting a little on our more dry skin. So we finally found the OZ Magnesium water and we love it! Just 1 tsp a day is all we take. 3. Coconut water kefir: Coconut water kefir is fermented coconut water. Donna Gates of The Body Ecology Diet is a real advocate for the coconut water kefir. She says that coconut water kefir is loaded with minerals, stops sugar cravings, aids in liver cleansing, good for the endocrine system and gives you an overall feeling of good health. Another internet source also says, “Coconut water is a super food filled with minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes, and growth factors. It is low in fat and has only a fifth of the sugar found in most fresh fruit juices.” Lastly, because it is fermented it is full of the good bacteria we need for good intestinal health! We drink only a couple of ounces a day due to cost. 4. Cod Liver Oil: We use Cod liver oil to supply EPA, DHA, vitamin A and vitamin D. DHA is critical for brain function and was one of the first supplements Blake was put on. Originally he was on 400 mg of straight DHA and we wanted to use more but I couldn’t afford it. Then I found the Spectrum brand; it’s the best quality that I can afford and there are a whopping 540 mg of DHA per tsp! Plus you also get EPA and other vitamins as well. We both take one tsp daily.5. Advantage Liquid Concentrate. This is also called medicine cabinet in a bottle! It’s uses range from easing sore throats to disinfecting/ cleaning fruits and veggies to supporting the immune system to killing off candida. We don’t go a day with out it! Blake takes 8-10 drops per day and I take 8 drops twice a day. And if you are wondering why we do the coconut milk see this post. Here is some more good info on GAPS diet and supplementation, if you are interested. What kinds of smoothies do you make?