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Chlorella Fast Facts

Before you say yuck, another green, must be good for you but probably tastes bad statement, you must read on!

So yesterday a friend of mine who happens to be a health know all, adds some chlorella into a smoothie we were each enjoying, encourages me to do the same.  I am hesitant because I’m really enjoying the taste and don’t want it tasting “green”. She encourages me to try hers and I was surprised to find it still tasted great! I did already know that chlorella was great at cleaning out the harmful chemicals that we take in but there’s more…

 

This seriously green powder is a natural supplement that boosts your energy, supports fat loss and helps detox heavy metals like lead and mercury from your body.

Chlorella  is a blue-green algae that is native to Taiwan and Japan. It is thought to be the most thoroughly researched food in history, containing the highest chlorophyll content of all known plants. That’s where the energy part comes from!

Chlorella is a great source of protein, fats, carbohydrates, fibre, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Add into smoothies, sprinkle over salads, add into yogurt, etc.

Start out with maybe 1/4 teaspoon (take with food as it seriously aids with digestion) than gradually increase up to the recommended dose of  1-5 grams.

Fast Facts…

  • strengthens the immune system
  • promotes bowel health
  • helps to detoxify the body
  • cleanses the blood stream, liver, and kidneys
  • increases oxygen to your body’s cells and brain
  • promotes proper growth in children
  • fights infection,
  • helps raise the pH of your body to a more alkaline state
  • promotes the production of friendly flora in your gastrointestinal tract
  • helps to counteract the fatigue and mood swings associated with PMS and perimenopause!!!

**As always, please consult a medical professional if you are taking medications, are pregnant or nursing.

Chlorella can interact negatively with certain medications. Because it contains vitamin K, chlorella supplements can interfere with the effectiveness of blood thinner medications. If you have an allergy to iodine, you may also be allergic to chlorella.  .

October Staff Product Picks

Nolan & Jennifer’s Pick – Little Green Pouch & ChooMee Sip’in Soft Top
Nolan1Nolan:  Kermit the Frog says “it’s not easy being green” but I have to disagree with my Sesame Street friend on this one because I LOVE my little green pouch. Mommy knows I’m a growing baby, who gets grumpy [instantly] when I’m hungry! I’ve heard my parents use the term ‘hangry’ to describe this feeling of mine. I also have zero coordination with putting food in my mouth (what I’m a baby?) And since Mommy likes to keep me clean and dry, she started giving me the ‘little green pouch’ for all of my yogurt and pureed snacks. And to top it off [no pun intended], she puts a ‘ChooMee Sip’in top’ on the pouch, so my food doesn’t spill out everywhere!  This soft top also feels reallllly nice on my gums when I’m teething – which lately has been feeling like forever. I’ve been using these little green godsends since the day I could hold my own bottle.
 
Jennifer:  Before having a baby, there seemed to be a ‘buzz’ among the parent ===world that these little pouches were awesome. Now that I have a baby, I totally understand everyone’s excitement and I can’t say enough good things about the ‘little green pouch’ AND the ‘ChooMee Sip’in top’. The two products work amazingly together!
 
The Scoop:
  • They are reusable. And the seal on the top of the pouch is strong, and doesn’t become less effective over time.
  • They never stink. From time to time I have left a pouch in my purse, Nolan’s bag, car, etc. with little bits of leftover food and it never held onto the smell.
  • They are dishwasher safe. Although I prefer to wash them in hot soapy water, and rinse them under the tap.
  • They keep your baby or child happy and quiet. If Nolan is fussy, he immediately calms down holding his green pouch. He associates the pouch with something delicious inside, and gets excited when I give him one. We recently traveled to Spain, and these pouches came in handy on the plane, train, his stroller, everywhere! I also use them at home every single day.
  • And of course, no nasty chemicals are used in creating the pouches or tops.
  • The accessories from the company are a little disappointing in my opinion. Unnecessary baby stuff is wasteful to your wallet, and the environment. Stick to the pouches, and add the ChooMee Sip’in tops. In my opinion, you can’t have one without the other!

Savannah’s Pick – Di’Erbe Peppermint Essential Oil

savannah-peppermint2Whatever was going around this month was not pleasant…

The other week I came down with a brutal cold and congestion. Thank goodness I had a bottle of peppermint essential oil lying around cause it was my best friend.

Peppermint has tons of health benefits and is really good for pain relief (headaches, muscles), but what really helped me out was the sinus relief. I was spraying it, diffusing it, and constantly inhaling it. Honestly nothing cleared up my sinuses like it. It was such a relief to take a deep breath when I had my peppermint oil around. My favorite was to drop it on a tissue and then dab it under my nose so I could keep breathing it in. It was serious relief!

Peppermint essential oil is also good for increasing concentration and alertness, as well as for nausea and motion sickness.

Note: Do not use peppermint oil during pregnancy

 

Sherry’s Pick – Joy of the Mountains Oil of Oregano

As Savannah mentioned, there definitely  has been some kind of virus whirling around Winnipeg! Everyone is either complaining of a sore throat,  head cold, congestion, cough or all of the above! My tried and true recommendation is Oil of Oregano. Everyone seriously needs to have this as a staple in their med cabinet.

oil of oreganoJoy of the Mountains is my trusted source, (one of the first Canadian brands). They offer quality assurances and rigorous batch testing in order to offer a product that is 4x more effective than other brands. Oil of oregano is great for digestive, respiratory and immune support just to name a few.

For those of you that have never heard of or used oil of oregano, it is a must have herbal remedy! Oil of oregano has powerful antimicrobial benefits that can help fight off infections, and offers antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. A few drops under your tongue a couple of times a day (warning it does taste awful), or you can dilute in juice.  If neither of those appeal to you, they now offer vegetarian oil filled capsules.  In addition to the oil of oregano, Joy of the Mountains also has a great line just for pets called OregaPet.

Dallas’s Pick – Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

Dallas Dr.BFor this month, I picked another magical multi-use product that I just can’t get enough of. Certified Fair trade and now refillable here at Generation Green, Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap is one of absolute favorites. I use mine for hand soap, dish soap, and sometimes….when I’m feeling real lazy I’ll bring it into the shower and wash my hair and body with it. But the magic doesn’t stop there! Use it as a face wash, laundry soap,  fruit/veggie rinse, baby wash, or even shaving cream!

Try it out for yourself by purchasing a brand spanking new bottle in store or bring an empty container you have lying around and we’ll fill it up with your favorite scent (available in unscented, peppermint, lavender, and citrus in bulk) at $1/ounce.

 

 

 

Ana’s Pick – Watuko Headgear

Now that the school year is well underway, I don’t ever (and I mean NEVER) take the time to do my hair in the morning. Soooo it seems appropriate for me to choose Watuko Headgear as my pick this month! This multifunctional headwear is more often than not my soluAna watukotion to a bad hair day.The company was established in 2011 and all designing and manufacturing is done in Canada– yay! Their vision also includes working exclusively with companies of integrity and companies who uphold the responsibilities of social wellness for their employees- double yay! By using bamboo for their products, they have created something that is comparable to the softness of silk (since bamboo fibers are naturally smoother and rounder with no sharp spurs to irritate the skin). This makes the fabric hypoallergenic and perfect for anyone who experience allergic reactions to other natural fibers such as wool or hemp.

Bamboo is also antibacterial and antifungal and extremely breathable. The cross-section of the bamboo fiber is covered with micro-gaps giving the fabric better moisture absorption and ventilation. As a result, it is able to keep the wearer almost two degrees cooler in the heat and noticeably warmer in the cold. This makes the headgear great for all season wear! These headbands can be worn for style points, exercising in and outdoors, or just for comfort. Bamboo is also the most renewable resource on our planet yayayayya!

Lots of people ask about how to wash their Watuko headgear: they can be washed with nearly everything. However, for the best maintenance treat them as special garments. This means using the gentle cycle, cold or luke warm water, and line drying is preferred. Machine drying may cause the garment to lose its shape or slightly shrink in size. Come by Generation Green to check out the many colours and patterns we have in stock!