I’ve got a pop quiz for you… What can you do in 30 seconds to boost your energy if you’re feeling sluggish, down, or exhausted?
You could pop a shot of espresso. That would give you an energy boost for an hour or two… followed by a crash landing where you’re even more tired than before.
You could go for a quick walk or jog around the block. That would wake you up and get some endorphins going so you feel better, but it wouldn’t give you lasting energy.
You could do what so many people do, which is turn to sugar. Eating something sweet, whether it’s a handful of candy or a handful of grapes, will give you a very quick surge of energy for about 15 minutes. But then you’re right back where you started, only worse off because your blood sugar has gone on a rollercoaster ride and you are once again craving sugar.
So if none of the above is a good option for true and lasting energy, what is?
Before I tell you, if you could take 30 seconds every morning that could seriously change how your day goes – not just how much energy you have, but also how you’re able to focus, and how productive you can be – plus bring you greater long-term health and vitality, you’d do it in a heartbeat, right?
So what is this 30-second transformation? It’s starting your morning with a superfood alkaline green drink!
You may be wondering how it’s possible that one quick and easy change could bring you so much benefit. Well, the simple truth is that none of us are getting enough vitamins and minerals from our food, and that includes those of us who eat our veggies and are really trying.
Did you know that the average American eats just 3 servings of fruits AND vegetables a day? That’s way below the recommended amount.
But even if you do eat the recommended daily amount, those recommendations from health authorities don’t adequately account for the depletion of nutrients in our soil, and as a result, our food.
That’s why it takes 60 servings of today’s spinach to get the same vitamins and minerals as one serving in 1948.
It’s also why each of the nutrients in our broccoli has shrunk by more than 50% in the last 20 years.
So our grandparents’ spinach and broccoli (and everything else for that matter) just wasn’t the same as what we’re eating in today’s modern, toxic world.
When we supplement with a superfood alkaline greens powder, we’re recharging with the nutrients our bodies crave, giving us abundant energy.
A good quality greens supplement gives you several whole servings of green superfoods – imagine trying to eat all of that in addition to the veggies you eat now!
But not just any greens supplement! There are so many available on the market these days and if you take anything away from this article, I want it to be this…
NOT ALL GREENS POWDERS ARE CREATED EQUAL!
In fact, a lot of people have tried a cheap greens powder and been left wondering if greens even do anything for you.
Do green drinks really boost your energy?
You might have wondered if greens mixes are a waste of your money and effort, and for good reason. There are so many powders, pills, and pre-mixed green drinks being sold right now and some of them are well worth the time, effort, and cost, while most others are… not much better for you than eating dirt.
The quality available to you is so wide, so varied, that it’s not hard to come to the conclusion that green drink powders must be a waste. And some of them are.
But some of them are the opposite. They are not just good for you, they are essential for your day-to-day health and long-term well-being.
So let’s break down the difference in terms of the anatomy of what you find in a green drink powder.
First, here’s what you should NOT see in a green drink powder:
- No added fillers
- No tapioca starch
- No sugary fruits like bananas, pineapple, etc.
- No mushrooms due to allergies and acid – this is a common one to look for
- No enzymes (especially cellulose, which is derived from fungus, and fungus is a pre-cursor to cancer)
- No probiotics – You know I’m a big fan of probiotics, but they have to be treated very carefully because they are live bacteria, which means they must be refrigerated and not degraded by being mixed with other ingredients.
- No artificial sweeteners
- No artificial flavors
- Not TOO many ingredients – some green drinks have everything but the kitchen sink listed on their ingredient panel. While this might look good to the average consumer, there is not enough of one single ingredient to make a real difference inside your body. Remember, less is more.
While we’re at it, you need to say NO to spirulina and algae supplements!
I know, this one surprised me when I read the research. In a recent article by Dr. Andrew Weil, he says to avoid spirulina as it has been associated with neurotoxins related to neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, ALS, and Alzheimer’s.
Researchers traced the neurotoxin BMAA (B-methylamino-L-alanine) that is found in blue-green algae. When fed to monkeys, they developed brain changes in the form of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid deposits that can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.
We’ve also known for years that some blue-green algae contain another toxin, microcystin, at levels considered unsafe. Microcystin accumulates in the liver, where they can cause irreversible damage, especially in children who have been exposed to high levels.
A 2011 German study that analyzed 13 commercially distributed algae products found harmful toxins in all of them. What’s more, spirulina growing in areas with large concentrations of mercury, lead, PCBs, and dioxin, absorb these heavy metals and contaminants.
Bottom line: while spirulina and algae supplements might boost your energy, they are not worth the possible dangers and side effects. (Read more about this common health misconception here.)
What to Look For in Greens Powders
So now that you know what energizing green drink powders should not have… you’re probably wondering what a good one does have:
- It should list WHEATGRASS as the first ingredient, followed by another leafy green or herb. The first ingredient listed always constitutes the most (in terms of volume), and wheatgrass is the MOST powerful food on the planet, so you want to see it up top.
- It should have a mix of superfood greens, and not JUST be wheatgrass. As great as wheatgrass is, if you want to get the best bang for your buck, you want to see a combination of powerhouse ingredients.
- It should be USDA Organic certified – this speaks for itself. You don’t want pesticides to accompany your concentrated greens.
- It should contain sprouted seeds and veggies because they are the most nutritional – 30 times more so than the equivalent non-sprouted vegetables. Sprouts are right up there next to wheatgrass as the most alkaline foods you will find.
Can you imagine eating 21 green superfoods in one sitting? Impossible.
And just think about all of the shopping and food prep that would go into that every single day!
That’s why this taking a quality greens powder is such a powerful morning habit!
I tell you all of this not to boost sales of Alkamind Acid-Kicking Greens, but to get you in the habit of taking one of these, no matter what brand you buy – as long as it meets the criteria above.
With that said, most companies use cheap, filler ingredients as their first ingredient, whereas we use organic wheatgrass followed by organic parsley – 2 powerful ingredients out of 21 total superfoods that reduce inflammation, detoxify, alkalize, and energize!
We also make sure that Acid-Kicking Greens has a proprietary blend of 4 of the most powerful sprouts – broccoli sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, flaxseed sprouts, and sesame seed sprouts.
It also includes moringa – have you heard of this powerful super food? This herbal supplement grown in India and Africa is used throughout the world to treat everything from skin infections to inflammatory diseases and even cancer.
Alkamind Acid-Kicking Greens, is the best quality greens supplement you will ever find, which makes it the MOST ENERGIZING greens on the planet!
It also tastes great in 3 flavors: Berry, Citrus, and Naked, which has no added flavor and tastes like green tea. Add a scoop to water or a smoothie in the morning and you’ll be set for long-lasting energy all day.
GET OFF YOUR ACID!