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Supplement Review: a banana before bed and no more counting sheep! And tart (sour) cherries

Like Dr. Mandell says I freeze my banana and I add Ceylon Cinnamon to my banana 1/2 hr before bed. The cinnamon regulates your blood sugar and the banana contains magnesium and tryptophan to help you fall asleep. See below for all the benefits of eating a banana before bed!

Freeze bananas and put in a giant gallon ziplock!

Benefits of Eating a Banana Before Bed 

Below are seven things that explain what are bananas good for and how they help you sleep: 

Boost Serotonin and Melatonin Production

Two hormones that play a key role in the sleep-wake cycle are serotonin and melatonin. They both are also known as sleep-inducing agents or the sleep super twins. Vitamin B6 in bananas converts tryptophan to serotonin.

Serotonin is a hormone that regulates our mood and evokes feelings of well-being and happiness. It synthesizes melatonin – a hormone that maintains our  24-hour internal clock and signals our brain to stay awake in the day and sleep at night. So, simply eating a banana before bed promotes relaxation and sleepnaturally. 

Reduce stress and anxiety

Stress and anxiety delay the onset of sleep and decrease sleep time and efficiency. Research says that low levels of magnesium in the body are linked to stress and it can be lowered by supplying your body with magnesium.  

A medium-sized banana offers you 8% of the daily recommended amount of magnesium. Eating bananas before bed on a regular basis can calm your body, relax your mind and help you fall asleep faster. 

Reduce Insomnia

Research shows evidence of magnesium deficiency in 50% of older adults suffering from insomniaMagnesium supplements help beat insomnia by increasing the levels of the neurotransmitter – GABA (Gamma-Aminobutyric acid). 

GABA slows the brain waves, relaxes your mind and body, and induces sleep. Eating a banana before bed can help you beat insomnia because this fruit is rich in magnesium. 

Aid Digestion

The soluble fiber in both ripe and unripe bananas is linked to improved digestion and constipation prevention.Moreover, the resistant starch in bananas works as a prebiotic for beneficial gut bacteria. Bacteria ferment resistant starch to produce butyrate, which supports intestinal function by reducing inflammation. Some studies link chronic intestinal inflammation to poor sleep. 

Now, that explains how eating bananas can help people with digestive issues and poor sleep caused by it. 

Reduce Blood Pressure

Potassium deficiency increases blood pressure, hypertension, and the risk of stroke – according to various studies. One regular-sized banana provides your body with a daily recommended amount of potassium. This mineral helps minimize the harmful effects of sodium in the body and regulate blood pressure.  Hence, potassium naturally improves your kidney and heart health

What’s more? Our sleep-wake behavioral pattern affects our body’s circadian rhythm of blood pressure. But, bananas contain tryptophan that can produce melatonin, which regulates the sleep-wake cycles. Therefore, eating bananas at night is healthy for people with poor sleep and high blood pressure. 

In short, eating a banana before bed improves digestion, reduces intestinal inflammation, and improves sleep quality in people with Crohn’s disease.

Reduce Muscle Cramps

Potassium maintains sodium electrolyte balance in the body. The deficiency of this mineral causes muscle cramps and poor sleep performance. Bananas are rich in potassium and eating the fruit regularly can reduce nighttime cramps. Eating a banana before bed can relax your muscles and promote restful sleep at night. 

Ease Restless Leg Syndrome

People with Restless leg syndrome(RLS) have an uncontrollable urge to shake or move their legs and experience a tingling or uncomfortable sensation. RLS typically happens in the late hours of the day when sitting or lying down and affects the quality of sleep. It may even lead to chronic sleep deprivation.  

Research shows that magnesium and iron can alleviate nighttime leg aches and cramps. Both the minerals are present in bananas. Eating a banana before bedtime can help ease RLS and promote restful sleep. Also, know that eating bananas don’t cure RLS, the treatment for this disorder is still evolving. 

How Do Nutrients in Bananas Help You Sleep? 

The nutrients in an average medium-sized banana that are associated with better sleep are as follows: 

  • Fiber (3 gm)
  • Carbohydrates (27 gm)
  • Magnesium (32 )
  • Potassium (422 mg)
  • Vitamin B6 (0.433 mg)
  • Vitamin C (10 mg)
  • Tryptophan (0.11 g)

All these nutrients help regulate the timing of our body’s internal clock. Now, let’s see how these nutrients in bananas help you sleep better:

Fibers and Carbs

Fibers and carbs satisfy your hunger pangs at night plus they don’t disturb your digestion late at night. Research shows that consuming high-carb foodincreases the time it takes for your body to fall asleep. The reason is that carbs improve the chances of converting tryptophan (entering into your brain through banana) into serotonin and melatonin. 

Magnesium

Potassium

You can intake 10% of the daily recommended value of potassium by eating one regular-sized banana. People with hypertension experience poor sleep due to low potassium levels according to a study. Also, potassium deficiency can cause muscle cramps, which in turn significantly affects the quality of sleep. 

But, eating food rich in potassium can help you overcome potassium deficiency. As per research, eating bananas at night may improve your sleep. 

Tryptophan

While serotonin is a precursor to melatonin, tryptophan is a precursor to serotonin. Tryptophan in our brain converts into serotonin, which produces melatonin. Serotonin and melatonin work together to signal your body that it’s time to relax and sleep. 

Although tryptophan is anessential amino acid, our body doesn’t synthesize it. Foods like bananas are rich in tryptophan. They 

  • Decrease the time it takes to fall asleep at night
  • Increase sleep time
  • Improve sleep efficiency 
  • Decrease wakefulness at night 

In short, eating bananas at night is healthy! However, it is also a fact that there is a lack of studies on bananas and sleep that analyzed the direct effect of eating this food at night on sleep. 

Other Benefits of Eating a Banana Before Bed 

Besides, helping you relax and sleep well, bananas have the following health benefits:

May Support Exercise Recovery

People who exercise a lot, sweat more and lose electrolytes. They are highly likely to experience muscle cramps and soreness. Bananas contain – essential nutrients like potassium and magnesium that act as electrolytes – and easily digested carbs – which makes it a perfect food for athletes to resupply the lost electrolytes. Whether it is before, during, or after exercise, bananas supply excellent nutrition, as per research.

May Support Weight Loss

Fibers help in regulating the body’s appetite and weight loss. This could be the reason why chia seeds loaded with protein and fiber are so popular for weight loss. Bananas are rich in soluble fiber, vitamins, and phytochemicals, which makes a banana a wonderful addition to a weight loss plan. There is also scientific evidence that eating dietary fiber prevents overweight and obesity.

May Help You Feel Full

Hunger pangs at night increase the time it takes to fall asleep. Eating a banana at bedtime can satisfy your hunger and help you feel full. Bananas are low in calories and contain soluble fibers andpectin, which together add bulk to your digestive system and increase the time it takes to empty your stomach and gastric contents. 

Thus, bananas are one of the healthy-late snacks! Eating a slice of banana along with protein-rich food before bed can promote the feeling of fullness and help you sleep better. 

Improve Blood Sugar Levels

Rich in soluble fiber and resistant starch, bananas are excellent in regulating your blood sugar levels.

-dreamcloudsleep.com

As you can see there’s many benefits to eating a banana before bed. You would be stupid not to!

If you have not seen Dr. Mandell on YouTube he is amazing! Check him out!!

**Update** June 12th 2022

I also added some sour cherries!

Tart Cherries 

Tart cherries are an excellent source of vitamin C and melatonin and are known to promote better sleep. A 100% tart cherry juice of about 8 ounces, contains around 140 calories. Have this at least 1 – 2 hours before sleep. For those suffering from insomnia, having tart cherries can increase both sleep time and sleep efficiency.

I have also read that tart cherries are good for reducing inflammation! see below:

Nutrition Low-Down

One cup of frozen tart cherries contains 60 calories, 0.5 grams of fat, 15 grams of carbohydrates and 2 grams of fiber. Tart cherries also contain nine times more vitamin A than blueberries, with one serving of tart cherries providing 25 percent of the recommended daily value. These babies also contain a boatload of phytonutrients, including anthocyanins.

Research suggests that the powerful antioxidants found in tart cherries are linked to a variety of health benefits, including anti-inflammation, heart health, pain relief and muscle recovery. Several studies have linked the consumption of tart cherries and cherry anthocyanins to decreased inflammation and inflammatory-related conditions like arthritis.

Furthermore, eating tart cherries has been linked to heart-health benefits, including decreased cholesterol and decreased risk for hardened arteries (called atherosclerosis), which are risk factors for heart disease.

Muscle recovery and tart cherry juice has received much attention. Studies have linked consumption of tart cherry juice to helping muscle recovery post-exercise, decreasing muscle damage and strength loss, and reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.

It’s recommended that if you choose to pair tart cherry juice with your workouts, you consume 10 fluid ounces preworkout and an additional 10 fluid ounces, or munch on dried tart cherries, within 30 minutes after exercise.

Everywhere it says to get the juice but I rather eat them! You get the fiber! Be careful to get them in water and not syrup!

Supplement Review: Not all cinnamon is created equal

Another additive to my protein shake is Ceylon Cinnamon! You can’t taste it and it has amazing benefits!

What Is Cinnamon?

Cinnamon is a spice created from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum tree.

Strips of the inner bark are dried until they curl into rolls known as cinnamon sticks or quills. These can then be ground into powder or made into an extract.

The unique properties of this spice come from its essential oils and compounds, particularly cinnamaldehyde (1). 

This compound gives cinnamon its flavor and aroma, and is also responsible for many of its health benefits.

Cassia Cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon comes from the Cinnamomum cassia tree, also called Cinnamomum aromaticum

It originated in Southern China and is also known as Chinese cinnamon.

However, there are several subspecies now widely grown across Eastern and Southern Asia (2). 

Cassia tends to be a dark brown-red color with thicker sticks and a rougher texture than Ceylon cinnamon.

Cassia cinnamon is considered lower quality. It is very cheap and is the type most commonly consumed around the world. Almost all cinnamon found in supermarkets is the cassia variety.

Cassia has long been used in cooking and in traditional Chinese medicine. Roughly 95% of its oil is cinnamaldehyde, which gives cassia a very strong, spicy flavor (3Trusted Source).

Ceylon Cinnamon

Ceylon, or “true cinnamon,” is native to Sri Lanka and southern parts of India.

It’s made from the inner bark of the Cinnamomum verum tree.

Ceylon is tan-brown in color and contains many tight sticks with soft layers. These features provide a highly desirable quality and texture.

Ceylon cinnamon is less common and has long been prized as a cooking spice. It is quite expensive compared to the more common cassia variety.

It’s described as having a delicate and mildly sweet flavor suitable for desserts. 

Approximately 50–63% of its essential oil is cinnamaldehyde, which is quite low compared to cassia. This explains its milder aroma and flavor (3Trusted Source).

Ceylon and Cassia Are Both Good for Diabetics

For generations, cinnamon has been prized for its health properties.

In particular, it’s been claimed to benefit blood sugar control, which is important for people with diabetes.

A review of 16 previous studies on diabetes treatment found promising results for Ceylon powder that was used as a supplement (4Trusted Source). 

Animal and lab studies show it may reduce blood sugar spikes, increase insulin sensitivity and improve metabolic markers associated with insulin resistance (4Trusted Source).

Unfortunately, there aren’t any human studies to determine the effectiveness or optimal dosage of Ceylon cinnamon supplements.

On the other hand, cassia has been used in several studies of humans with and without type 2 diabetes. Most of these observed significant reductions in fasting blood sugar levels within several months of use (5Trusted Source6Trusted Source7Trusted Source).

The standard dose of cassia was between 1–6 grams per day. It had minimal side effects, or none at all.

Which Has More Health Benefits?

Ceylon and cassia likely have slightly different health properties.

This is because their essential oil ratios are somewhat different.

However, the current published studies have not attempted to make this distinction.

For example, several of cinnamon’s bioactive compounds appear to block a protein called tau from accumulating in the brain. 

This is important, as tau buildup is a characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (8Trusted Source9Trusted Source10Trusted Source).

However, this effect has been observed using both Ceylon and cassia cinnamon. Therefore, it’s unclear if one is superior to the other in this regard. 

Overall, it’s not possible to say which one has more health benefits. However, Ceylon has far less potential to cause harm when consumed regularly.

Cassia Contains Coumarin, Which Can Be Toxic

Coumarin is a compound found naturally in several plant species.

It can be harmful in large doses.

In rodents, coumarin is known to cause kidney, liver and lung damage. It may even cause cancer. In humans, there are isolated incidents of similar effects (11Trusted Source12Trusted Source). 

In fact, the Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of coumarin used to be 0.2 mg/lb (0.5 mg/kg) of body weight. It has now been reduced to 0.05 mg/lb (0.1 mg/kg) (11Trusted Source).

Cassia cinnamon, but not Ceylon, is a very rich source of coumarin.

Cassia contains approximately 1% coumarin, while Ceylon contains only 0.004%, or 250 times less. This is so low that it’s often undetectable (3Trusted Source13Trusted Source). 

Exceeding the upper limit for coumarin is easily possible if you are consuming a lot of cassia cinnamon. In many cases, just 1-2 teaspoons could bring someone over the daily limit.

Therefore, if you regularly eat a lot of cinnamon or take a supplement that contains it, then it should be Ceylon and not cassia.

Take Home Message

Both Ceylon and cassia are healthy and delicious.

However, if you intend to consume large amounts of this spice or take a supplement, cassia can be harmful because of the coumarin content.

At the end of the day, Ceylon cinnamonis better quality and much safer.

Saigon cinnamon, also known as Vietnamese cinnamon or Vietnamese cassia, comes from the tree Cinnamomum loureiroi is just another form of cinnamon cassia. It is not Ceylon Cinnamon! 

-healthline.com

With all the benefits of Ceylon Cinnamon it’s very easy to add it to your protein shakes. 

I also add it to my banana 1/2 hr before bed. The cinnamon regulates your blood sugar and the banana contains magnesium and tryptophan to help you fall asleep. See below for all the benefits of eating a banana before bed!

Supplement Review: E2H liquid chlorophyll

  • EATING YOUR GREENS HAS NEVER BEEN SO EASY: Enjoy all the health benefits of green veggies by adding a few drops of our liquid chlorophyll to your daily diet. The strong earthy flavor of our product proves that it is 100% natural, without any type of additive or flavoring. So if you are looking for a completely natural supplement, this is the product for you. Transform any liquid into a green juice jam packed with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins you’ll actually want to drink!
  • BOOST YOUR ENERGY WITHOUT THE CRASH: Combat the stresses of daily life and kick start your day the green way! Unlike caffeine supplements and other stimulants, liquid chlorophyll increases energy on a cellular level for a clean, sustained energy boost from morning to night.
  • DETOX YOUR BODY WITHOUT THE NEED OF DRASTIC CLEANSES: Keep your digestive and liver health in tip top shape. This dietary supplement helps flush out harmful toxins and gently detoxifies your intestines to help keep you regular. Relieves gas and constipation.
  • AVOID BAD ODORS THE NATURAL WAY: Chlorophyll is Mother Nature’s deodorant. It neutralizes odor by detoxifying our blood and breaking down internal odor causing compounds. An effective body odor eliminator and bad breath treatment for men and women.
  • EASY TO DIGEST: Our convenient liquid drops mix easily with water to make a super concentrated “green juice” that won’t wreak havoc on your stomach. Most users report zero side effects. No bloating, nausea or stomach cramps. Your tummy will love it – and so will you!

Benefits of liquid chlorophyll

1. Chlorophyll Can Help Aid Detoxification

Chlorophyll Aids DetoxificationA study found that chlorophyll can reduce aflatoxin biomarkers by 55% compared to placebo. Aflatoxins are poisonous carcinogens produced by molds, especially genus Aspergillus. These mutagens can grow on foods such as tree nuts, rice, spices, and figs. Aflatoxicosis or acute poisoning with aflatoxins can cause significant damage to the liver and may lead to acute liver failure.

According to research, taking a chlorophyll supplement may decrease ingested aflatoxin levels. Some studies also show that chlorophyll can bind to heavy metals and therefore helps to eliminate them from the body.

2. Chlorophyll May Help Boost Your Immune System

Studies have shown that if a person’s white blood cell formation is impaired, chlorophyll may help improve white blood cell production.

One study divided 105 participants with low white blood cell counts into three randomized groups. One group received 40 mg of chlorophyllin three times a day, while the second group took 20 mg of filgrastim, a bone marrow stimulant that increases white blood cell production, three times a day. The final group received a placebo of 100 mg of vitamin C three times a day.

After one month of treatment, the following results were recorded:

  • The chlorophyllin group had an 85% effective rate of increasing white blood cell count.
  • The filgrastim group had an 83.3% effective rate.
  • The placebo group had a 26.7% effective rate.

No adverse reactions occurred in the chlorophyllin group. While more research is needed, chlorophyll may be an effective natural solution for increased white blood cell production.

Chlorophyll has also been shown to protect cells from oxidative damage by removing free radicals. Several studies report chlorophyllin acts as an antioxidant in both human and animal studies. This action protects the body from oxidative stress that can come from toxin exposure and the aging process.

3. Chlorophyll May Improve Red Blood Cell Quality

Chlorophyll is considered the blood of plants, with benefits for the blood of humans as well. An interesting study found that mammalian mitochondrial cells were able to produce more adenosine triphosphate (ATP) when exposed to chlorophyll and sunlight. ATP is what gives mammals the energy they need. That would suggest that through chlorophyll consumption, animals can also create energy from the sun.

Another study looked at the effects taking wheatgrass had on patients with thalassemia, a blood disorder where the body does not produce enough hemoglobin, the protein that carries oxygen on your red blood cells. The study found that fewer blood transfusions were needed in those who took the wheatgrass supplement.

Even though wheatgrass is about 70% chlorophyll, the researchers did not conclude that chlorophyll was responsible for the decreased number of transfusions needed. Some suggest it is the chlorophyll, while others suggest it was the wheatgrass itself when explaining the decreased need for blood transfusions.

The benefits of improved red blood cell quality can significantly impact your health, energy, and wellbeing. Increased hemoglobin levels will increase circulating oxygen levels which improves energy and cellular function throughout the body.

4. Chlorophyll May Support Healthy Skin

When applied topically, chlorophyll improves sun-damaged skin and acne and large pores in two pilot studies conducted over eight and three weeks, respectively.

Research has also shown that chlorophyllin may reduce bacterial growth and inflammation in skin wounds. That also will help wounds heal faster and reduce the risk of infection. Chlorophyll can be helpful in the treatment of burns and ulcers, stimulating the growth of new tissue formation.

A topical application of chlorophyll may have anti-aging properties due to its antioxidant properties. By also supporting healthy mitochondria, which play a key role in disease formation and premature aging, chlorophyll can help support a youthful appearance and healthier cells as we age.

5. Chlorophyll May Help With Weight Loss

A small study of 38 females found that the participants who took a supplement containing chlorophyll once daily lost more weight than those who did not take the green plant membrane supplement. The study found reduced cholesterol levels in the group who took the supplement as well. The researchers did not conclude which ingredient in the supplement was responsible for these findings.

Chlorophyll has also been shown to reduce appetite and food intake in animal studies. This effect, along with chlorophyll’s ability to increase feelings of satiety, helps prevent weight gain. Considering these physiological benefits, chlorophyll is an ideal natural green supplement for weight loss support.

6. Chlorophyll Can Help Neutralize Body Odor

For those suffering from trimethylaminuria, a medical condition that causes a fishy body odor, chlorophyll may be the answer you are looking for. A study found that chlorophyllin significantly reduced the number of trimethylamines, the odor-causing molecules responsible for the fishy smell.

Chlorophyll has also been proven to decrease odors caused by bacteria. This special property is responsible for chlorophyll’s reputation as a breath freshener and natural deodorizer.

7. Chlorophyll May Increase Energy

Due to the potential increase in red blood cell production, taking chlorophyll may help improve energy levels. Your red blood cells carry the oxygen needed for energy production and optimal cellular function throughout the body. With higher levels of circulating oxygen, energy levels improve along with increased physical stamina.

Research has shown that chlorophyll builds up in the mitochondria, or cellular powerhouses, in animals that eat a chlorophyll-rich diet. Inside the cells, chlorophyll can donate electrons to coenzyme Q-10, which significantly increases ATP production. Increased ATP production means more energy is available to be used throughout the body.

-md.I herb.com

So, with those benefits I add 15 drops to my 2 protein shakes a day and I can’t taste anything! It does turn your poop green! Other than that you can’t even tell you are taking it! Stay tuned to see if I feel the benefits after a while. I purchased a 3 bottle pack so I have quite a bit to see if it works!

6. Has already worked! My poop doesn’t smell!

Another site says this:

1. Aids Weight Loss

Studies have shown that Chlorophyll supplements have helped the thyroid – the gland responsible for maintaining a healthy metabolism – function properly. This, in turn, helps aid weight loss efforts for those who are following a lower calorie diet. In addition to improving the thyroid’s function, chlorophyll has been demonstrated to help balance the hormones that prompt us to eat and feel full, such as cholecystokinin and ghrelin. For people who must watch their intake, avoiding feeling extreme hunger cues are important to maintaining their calorie and macronutrient goals. This helps control cravings for unhealthy foods.

2. Control Body Odor

Chlorophyll helps maintain a pleasant, unobtrusive body and fecal odor. Ingesting chlorophyll has been shown to aid the detoxification efforts of the liver, as well as make your digestion more efficient. As your body more readily eliminates toxins from your body and moves waste through your gut, the resulting odor may be reduced. Although scientists aren’t sure of the exact mechanism that changes the body odor profile of people who consume chlorophyll, there is an indication that the increase in “phase II biotransformation enzymes” – those that help liver health – may also control the unpleasant smells from excessive perspiration. The assumption is fewer toxins result in less unpleasant odors.

3. Encourage Healing

The presence of chlorophyll in the body inhibits bacteria growth, reducing infection from wounds and speeding the rate of healing. Wound infections occur from the rapid spread of harmful bacteria; reducing infection in the body allows the epidermis to begin regeneration without harmful effects. Chlorophyll has been used in topical ointments for persistent open wounds such as vascular ulcers and pressure ulcers. It also reduces inflammation, thus allowing healing to begin.

4. Naturally Detoxifies the Body

Chlorophyll contains compounds that enhance the liver function, helping naturally detoxify your body of harmful contaminants from food and the environment. The compound is called aflatoxin – B1 and helps reduce the damage to your DNA cells from toxic substances. Retaining the integrity of the DNA structure of your cells helps them regenerate properly, in a healthy manner. Cells with damaged DNA are more likely to mutate, becoming cancerous growths and tumors. Your liver naturally removes toxins from the body, but as toxins build up, adding chlorophyll to your diet helps your body remain in balance.

5. Rich in Antioxidants

Chlorophyll contains potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are compounds that help encourage regenerative health at the cellular level. They protect cells from oxidative damage by eliminating free radicals. Free radical molecules damage healthy cells, leading to cell breakdown and oxidative stress damage. Chlorophyll is capable of reducing free radicals ability to cause cell damage in your body. Studies have shown that a high presence of antioxidants in the body helps reduce the appearance of aging as well as maintains the health of your organs.

6. May Aid Cancer Treatments

Several studies have indicated that compounds in chlorophyll can bind to potential carcinogens (cancer-causing molecules) and inhibit their ability to attack healthy cells. Liquid chlorophyll, when ingested, interferes with how certain carcinogens are absorbed within the human gastrointestinal tract. Binding to these carcinogens helps the body eliminate them through digestion and waste removal, keeping the carcinogens from being absorbed and transported to other systems of the body, including the susceptible tissues fo the joints an heart. By eliminating the substances themselves from the body, chlorophyll reduces the risk of cancer.

7. Powerful Anti-inflammatory Treatment

Traditional medicine has long used green leaves to treat infections. With modern approaches that have limited effectiveness and a long list of side effects, natural remedies are getting another look. Scientific studies have found that green leaves help to reduce swelling and redness in the muscle tissue and joints. Chlorophyll is also rich in magnesium, essential for healthy bones and for healthy muscular structure. Magnesium helps the body reduce inflammation o fight joints around the bones, and studies indicate that those with arthritis may benefit from supplementing their diet with it.

8. Inhibit Growth of Candida Albicans

Candida is a type of fungus (more specifically, it’s a toxic yeast) that can cause fungal infections in the body such as candidiasis, candidemia, and oral thrush. Candida infection can be a significant problem for many individuals and can lead to fatigue, depression, and digestive problems; just to name a few. Research has shown that isolated chlorophyll solutions stop Candida albicans growth. Ingesting liquid chlorophyll in conjunction with treatments that encourage overpopulation of yeast cultures in the body may help reduce your risk of yeast infections and thrush.

9. Boost Your Blood Health

A modified form, known as chlorophyllin, may be highly effective for anemia. It works by replacing the iron with magnesium at the center of the red blood cell molecule, creating a bioavailable form of iron the body can use. While scientists may look for ways to develop patent-able medicines, no one needs to wait to take chlorophyll to gain its benefits. Chlorophyll contains essential vitamins and nutrients needed for cardiovascular health and blood rich in red blood cells. A healthy population of red blood cells helps deliver oxygen-rich blood to your organs and tissues. A diet rich in iron helps new red blood cells grown and increases their oxygen-carrying capabilities.

10. Incorporating it Into Your Diet

You can get chlorophyll in your diet by incorporating several servings of leafy green vegetables, such as chard, romaine lettuce, and mustard greens. Choosing raw vegetables, or very lightly cooked veggies gives you more of the nutrients found in chlorophyll. If you don’t enjoy vegetables, or you have a hard time finding fresh ones, you may also take supplements. These can be in either a capsule or liquid form, available at many whole food and health food stores. Read the label carefully to ensure that you’re getting true chlorophyll. Green and blue algae are the most common sources, as chlorophyll from plants is unsuitable on the shelf.

-facty.com

With all these benefits it’s so easy to add to your diet! I add 15 drops to my protein shake twice a day. As you can see it totally turns it green. However; there is absolutely no taste what so ever! My shake is still delicious! Which makes it a lot easier to add to your daily regimen! You don’t even know it’s there.

Recipe: Homemade Pimento Cheese

Ingredients:

8oz Cream cheese 1 block light cream cheese

1/2 cup Mayo (I used miracle whip light)

Jar of diced pimentos and water in the jar

Garlic (I used Johnny’s garlic bread seasoning) a few dashes

tsp Chili powder (optional)

Directions empty all ingredients in a bowl and mix! That’s it and you get amazing cheese! Much better than any store bought pimento cheese! I like mine more cream cheese than Mayo so I added only a little Mayo.

I like to add a little to my grilled chicken and veggies.

It came out absolutely amazing! Enjoy!

Supplement Review: The Chicken Pound

Chicken pound makes meal prep easy. Your protein portion is done! Just add veggies for weight loss and add veggies and carbs for bulking!

The chicken pound! Cut, cooked, seasoned and portioned in 8oz portions! And mailed to your house! This takes the guess work out of meal prep! Buy in 5, 10 and 20lbs! I buy the 10 pounder! $124.50, that’s 3 meals a day except Saturday night. Enjoy your favorite meal whether it be lobster and clams, a burger and wings or pizza and pasta! Then back to the grind!

Chicken pound comes in 10 flavors!

The KC bbq is my favorite so far. I wish the cilantro lime had a more cilantro flavor, but it is still good.

Product Review: Instant Pot Air Fryer instant Vortex Plus XL dual 8qt

This is the Ferrari of air fryers! Sleek and smooth! Dual motors! Sync finish!

This bad boy has dual baskets to cook your meat and your veggies at the same time!

I have started a new meal prep regimen with chicken pound! See that post for more info. The chicken comes cut, cooked, seasoned and portioned! Add veggies and your meal is a go!

With this bad boy I can cook a bag a frozen veggies and make them crispy (10 -15 mins at 400 degrees) and warm up my chicken 5 mins. This air fryer has dual sync technology so it will put one side on hold to have both baskets finish at the same time of cook times differ.

The machine cooks amazing it gives you a warning beep at the 1/2 way point to shake your basket and turn the food. If you like the baskets with aluminum foil there is also zero cleanup! This machine is a dream come true! Screw the microwave! No more soggy meals! Screw the oven in the summer! no more making the house mega hot! And no more waiting 30-40mins to eat! Air fryer is the way to go! And this machine is king!

Chicken pound with shaved brussel sprouts with raspberry balsamic reduction

KC bbq
Cilantro lime

Supplement Review: new Ultra Peachy Keen monster!

Monster has released another delicious flavor! Ultra (no calories) Peachy keen!

And peachy it is! It’s like squeezing a lightly carbonated peach 🤣

Enjoy! I love peach!

Recipe: crockpot 2fers! 2 for 1 meal preps!

Thai chicken salad

The key to 2fers is an instapot! Instapot has many different cooking settings. Slow cook, pressure cook, steam, rice, soup etc.

For this we will be using pressure cook and soup.

Ok so whatever meat you choose beef, veal, chicken or pork or even goat lol in order to cook it in the pressure cooker you fill the pot with water and then press pressure cooker. Cook time is 30-45 mins. 30 for chicken tenders and 45 for breasts.

Once you cook the chicken you will have a whole bowl of real chicken broth not that canned and overly salted junk! Don’t throw it out! Put it in a bowl.

Take the Chicken out and use the chicken. For this We are making Thai chicken salad.

Directions shred the chicken and add diced celery. Then add natural peanut butter, Mayo or miracle whip. Mix and enjoy! Optional ingredients: shredded carrot, 2tbsp Bragg liquid aminos (soy sauce), fish sauce, cilantro and lime juice. Add this and enjoy like a king!

Now back to the broth! It’s time to make soup! Pour the broth back in the pot. This is a free for all! The soup is up to your imagination! You can add anything!

Turkey meatball soup with carrots, celery, oregano, basil, parsley and garlic

Meat: you can cheat or you can make from scratch. the easiest way is buy frozen meatballs! Beef or Turkey or you can make from scratch Italian meatballs with a beef, veal and pork blend.

You can also add plain meat or seafood.

Veggies: the rule of thumb for veggies is get a rainbow of food in the pot! Green, red, yellow, purple etc. tip: roast the veggies before adding! Char a few like peppers and tomatoes!

onion, celery, carrots, turnips, tomatoes, green beans, cabbage, potatoes, squash, beets, parsnips, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, celery, and even frozen peas, corn and green beans. Dark leafy greens such as kale, chard, tomato, asparagus and spinach

Additional ingredients:

Red wine vinegar, lemon, lime, tomato paste, peanuts, cashews, fresh herbs

creamy: add coconut milk.

Seasoning: anything be creative but not too many combinations. Chipotle, chili, oregano, cilantro, parsley, curry, salt, pepper/peppercorn, garlic, even garam masala! Remember fresh herbs is much better than powders!

Be creative! For a broth recipe Don’t follow a recipe that’s not fun. Follow the rainbow of colors on veggie choice, pick a meat and add herbs and spices. See what you like.

If you are making something specific like a Thai soup Tom kha gai or African peanut soup follow a recipe!

Black angus meatballs with Red, orange and yellow peppers, green peas, mushrooms, carrots, garlic and cilantro with chili powder.

*hint in both soups pictured the meatballs are frozen so they have 400mg of sodium so I didn’t add extra salt and I didn’t defrost them. If you use fresh meat you will definitely need salt and pepper! If you make your own meatballs season the meat as you cook them! Make it into a burger and salt both sides then shape it into a meatball and put in the pan. Or roll them in a bowl of salt and pepper

Recipe: liver, kidney, gallbladder detox cleanse 3-8 day cleanse

** Note: As with anything, I’m not a doctor so consult your doctor before starting any program/recipe. **

You need a vita-mix or another powerful blender because you are not really juicing you are emulsifying (keeping the healthy fiber).

Ingredients:

Beet 1/8

Celery 2 stalks

Kale handful

Cucumber 1/2

Pineapple 1/8th

Blend and drink!

Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

I still have my lemon water with cayenne first thing in the morning and fire cider before bed. But that’s it! The rest is these shakes and water.

It is miserable especially when you hate all the veggies except celery lol. I started out gung ho going for a 5 day cleanse. Today is day 3 and I know this is going to be it! I can’t wait for chicken tomorrow!

The goal of this cleanse is to clean out your bile ducts, gallbladder and take the stress off your liver and kidneys when you have a fatty liver. It will supercharge your fat loss journey is you are cutting weight.

Product Review: Myostorm The Meteor heat & massage ball

Designed for adaptability.

The benefits of a deep tissue massage in the palm of your hand.

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First inspection:

The ball is in a fancy sturdy box with tons of foam inside. It comes with the charger block, wire, and the ball with lots of paperwork. (Link for online workout).

The ball is well made and sturdy! It has a little weight to it. The buttons are tiny and a little recessed. It has a gripping rubber coating. And micro usb charging port. This is definitely a quality product!

I just received the meteor and let me tell you it is amazing!! It gets super hot!!! Just like an infrared heating pad! I didn’t think it would get this hot! It feels amazing! Right now I am sitting on the recliner after the gym and I turned it on and put it on my low back just above my waistband. It feels absolutely relaxing and stress relieving! I can’t wait to try this on the floor. I’ll get back to you tomorrow on that after I fully charge this.

The Meteor is a great size! I have a foam roller (it doesn’t heat and massage 😭), I have a lacrosse ball (also doesn’t heat and massage 😭) but I don’t have anything this size.

I do have the rumble roller and the beastie ball but those are aggressive tools and must be used when you are at 100% if you are sore you don’t want to use them. This is perfect for soreness as it’s larger and it has heat and massage!

I miss the heat and massage already!! I can’t wait till it’s done charging! It says 3-5hrs. Stay tuned for more!

**Update** November 24, 2021

I have been having trouble with my right hip and I’ve been having trouble putting on my right sock. I have been using the Meteor on the floor and rolling out my hip and butt to increase mobility in my hip and it has been working greatly! The heat is sooo nice! It helps to relax the muscle and stretch it out!

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