The older I get, the more embodiment in this era feels like a science experiment rather than a learning process. As a society we have allowed our food, atmosphere and earth to be altered so drastically that we need to supplement our food and our lifestyle to achieve optimal health. I was skeptical of “super foods” when I first began learning about them years ago. I have always thought that if I eat nutritious foods that I will have all the nutrients my body needs. But that isn’t the case.
I am chronically tired, have a low level of continued brain fog and have carried 40 extra pounds on my medium sized body for about 20 years now. I could just blame it on aging, but that isn’t the truth. The truth is a combination of things. I have a sedentary office job, and I have spotty enthusiasm for exercising after work, even walking by the lake, which I actually love. I eat vegetarian, (veganish), but I eat a high fat, high carb diet several days a week (think rice and beans, gluten free pasta with veggies and sauce). But even that shouldn’t result in this level of low energy and slow metabolism. And it’s not just me. So many people I talk to are experiencing the same low energy and brain fog that I do.
So I have chosen to add a few superfoods to my daily food intake. Superfoods, in my opinion, are a landmine of overwhelm. Too many to choose from and too much information. First, let me make it clear that I am not being paid to advertise the following items. They are just a few things I have researched and feel that I would benefit from. This is a process and what I ingest to optimize my energy and health may change in the coming weeks and months, but this is what I am starting with:
First, I finally got my Berkey water filter. Berkey water filters are stainless steel gravity filters. I added the optional fluoride filter because my community still embraces the insane notion that adding the industrial byproduct that is fluoride to our water supply is somehow a good idea. The chemical fluoride that is added to drinking water is a known hazard and there have been numerous studies showing that osteoporosis and tooth decay are highest in communities that add fluoride to their municipal water supply.
I am also cutting down on my plastic consumption so I no longer have to buy cases of water to avoid my awful city water. I am so very happy with this purchase. Water is life, unless you are drinking fluoridated city water. Ok, so water isn’t a super food, but it is critically important, so it made my list.
Second, I have added Maju’s Mental Mushrooms to my morning coffee. One little scoop every morning. The benefits of this mushroom blend include energy, mental clarity and sharpness. I didn’t have to change anything that I do in my morning routine so it was a really easy addition. I just add it to my first cup of coffee. (Yes, I have more than one) Although it does mix in to the coffee easily, there is a bit of grittiness, but as long as you expect it, it isn’t too unpleasant and I am getting used to it. I have read quite a bit about medicinal mushrooms and felt it was something I could benefit from. And Maju makes an affordable, quality product. Also, I can buy it on Amazon and I do love my Amazon Prime!
Third, I added (re-added as I have taken it on and off over the years) spirulina. I add a spoonful to my morning smoothie. Again, not a difficult addition as I make smoothies most mornings (in the summer months anyway, the winter, well, that’s a different story). My smoothies always have greens, but I add spirulina too since it is such a powerhouse green.
Last, but certainly not least, I started a probiotic protocol with Seed probiotics. They are the *new kid on the block*, but have extensive research behind their product. I read as much as I could about their company and their product before starting the protocol, and I really liked what I found. It is frustrating to my that I have to add a probiotic to my diet, but again, this is something we have created with the food and farming practices we have, as a collective, chosen to embrace. Seed is an automatic monthly renewal, which I actually like since I am notorious for starting a regime and then not following through.
A top quality probiotic