Years ago, I began making breakfast smoothies for my sons to ensure they started their school day off well. Check out one of my earliest posts. In time, their smoothies evolved over the years to become customized cocktails. They loved them and it gave me great comfort knowing they were on the way to daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables every morning.
Smoothies vs Pills
Do you hesitate to take pills to supplement your diet? In that case, create your own customized cocktails of vitamins and minerals. As a result, get only the benefits you need without the negative side effects.
For years I have found that every pill (including vitamins and medicine) I take gives me side effects much worse than the benefits. As a result, I would much prefer to get the vitamins and/or minerals I need in my food from natural sources like fruit and vegetables, instead of supplementing my diet with pills.
As I get older my list of ailments and health issues grows, but I still feel that I would like to treat and/or prevent only these specific issues…
Ingredients by Symptoms in Customized Cocktails
In due time, I started making my own customized vitamin and mineral cocktails. To learn which ingredients to use, I researched each of my own personal health issues to find out the recommended vitamin and/or mineral. Subsequently, I discovered the best food source for each of the vitamins/minerals on my list. As a result, the following chart was customized for my own ailments and health concerns. In summary, it displays the vitamin or mineral and the best smoothie-suitable food source to combat each ailment/concern:
|Arthritis||ALA (omega 3)||Spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil|
|Quercetin||Citrus, green tea, dark cherries/berries|
|Collagen||Nuts, seeds, green tea, red/blue berries, vitamin C, gelatin|
|Bone density||Alkaline minerals||Calcium||Spinach, thyme, molasses, almond milk, dairy products|
|Manganese||Cloves, dark chocolate|
|Magnesium||Coriander, dark chocolate, almonds|
|Potassium||Spinach, avocado, bananas|
|Energy||Co-Q10||Spinach, avocado, parsley, red/blue berries|
|Cancer||Resveratrol||Dark berries, dark chocolate, red grape skins|
|Menopause||Vitamin D||Almond milk, dairy milk|
|Phytoestrogens||Flax seed oil, dark cherries|
|Memory & Brain Fog||Pterostillbene||See above|
|Omega 3s||See above|
|Immune System||Co-Q10||See above|
|Digestion||Alkaline minerals||See above|
|Toxin Removal (antioxidants)||Alkaline minerals||See above|
My Personal Concoction
My personal, customized cocktail contains fresh organic baby spinach, chia seed, flax seed oil, lemon juice, green tea, dark cherries, blueberries, almond milk, strawberries, cumin or turmeric, molasses, dark chocolate, coriander, and avocado. Obviously, my recipe was created from the researched ingredients that I like and have easy access to. However, there were many more to choose from.
Research your own needs, pick your favorite ingredients, and whip up your own delicious customized vitamin and mineral cocktail today!
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