Health

Algae Power!

| by Fit Bottomed Girls


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There’s just something about green stuff that really melts my butter! Awhile back I had the privilege of meeting a snazzy trainer named Jennifer who was totally gaga over the green stuff. Never too scared to try something healthy and natural, I began to pop the little algae pills (part chlorella, part spirulina) she received from a company she advocates, called Watershed.

Why would I take pills from a stranger you ask? Jennifer, a perfectly muscled-out hottie, was hitting every frickin’ pose the yoga instructor asked of us in class. After seeing her performance, her energy and her perfect muscles, I was tempted to try just about anything if it promised to help me do the poses she was rocking out effortlessly. She gave me a supply of the chlorella and spirulina mix to try and told me to watch for the signs. She said I’d notice my skin tightening (loss of water weight), healthier poo sessions and more energy.

I’m pretty oblivious to my body, so I didn’t notice any skin tightening. I got sick around the same time I was trying them, so I’m not too sure about the energy surge either, but I DID notice a difference if I popped some pills before drinking alcohol. I usually can’t drink more than a glass of wine or I’m up all night with a headache, but popping some green goodness kept the pain away. Weird little side effect, no doubt. I never noticed a change in my poo. (Pity—ya’ll know how I love to talk about my poo!)

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Coincidentally, FBG Jenn also started popping something similar around this time—Whole Foods’ brand of spirulina (you can also buy it in powder form to put in your green smoothie). After reading about the benefits of spirulina and chlorella from our fave guy Bob Harper as a great way to get vitamins and minerals, especially when you’re going vegetarian, she was intrigued, too. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein (contains all the amino acids), vitamins, minerals and carotenoids. It contains the B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid. Like me, Jenn hasn’t noticed a huge difference in energy or health, but she figures it’s a good back-up since she’s not eating meat.

Now, obviously, having a nutritious diet is always paramount to popping pills—no matter how super-foodie they claim to be or what super-fit person is crediting them for their physique and energy. And you should always get your supplements from a trusted brand with a trusted reputation, as supplements are not regulated and can interfere with other drugs. So do your research and pop wisely, my ladies!

Have you tried algae? Tell us about it! —Tish