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8 Ways To Stay Healthy Over The Holidays With Algae

What You’ll Learn

  • Maintain energy, eliminate stress, and kick cravings with the help of spirulina algae.
  • Detox, prevent holiday hangover, and protect your health with the help of chlorella algae.
  • Give the gift of algae tablets- the superfood everyone can enjoy. One size fits all!

The holidays are often a frantic mix of overeating, overdrinking, overspending, and overindulging.  No matter how disciplined we are, all bets are off between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Right? The good news is that we’re here to show you how you can enjoy the holidays without altogether abandoning your health and wellness goals. All you need is a bit of planning and some bits of algae, and you’ll be well on your way to a fun-filled, healthy holiday season. So, let’s get this party started!

Add algae to your diet this holiday season so you can indulge in a treat or two!

1. Mindfulness

Being mindful means being aware of and controlling your experience. The best way to have control of your health is to be mindful, be present in what you’re doing, set goals, and plan. One of the best tips we can share is to never-ever go grocery shopping or to a holiday party hungry. Science shows that when we’re hungry, we are more likely to make poor decisions and reach for anything in sight [1]. Frankly, the same thing goes for everything in your life!

Did you know that algae is a great way to reduce hunger? ENERGYbits® (100% spirulina algae) has the highest concentration of protein in the world (3x more than steak) and is loaded with essential fatty acids. These two nutrients are instantly absorbed to help satisfy your hunger and magically help prevent you from indulging in that party buffet or grabbing things at the grocery that you don’t need. Did we mention they also help get you through your daily 3 pm energy crash, all naturally without sugar, caffeine, or carbs? [2].

Planning and staying mindful will help you make smart choices during the day and choose more mindfully at your party. Taking algae is also a great way to ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need. And if you end up skipping the salads at your holiday feast, algae lets you indulge in a treat or two without any nutritional guilt!

2. Stay Active in the Cold (literally)

According to a recent study, exercising in the cold burns more calories than exercising in warmer temperatures. The study found that participants burned 34% more calories when in more frigid temperatures [3]. Don’t have time to go for a run outside? A short burst of high-intensity training (HIT) before eating high-fat foods can offset the stress of trans fat and saturated fat on your arteries [4]. Just eight minutes (that’s three Christmas songs worth) of high-intensity training is enough to open your blood vessels and could counterbalance the destructive effect on your arteries [4].

Want the best run or workout? Spirulina algae has been shown to improve endurance [5] and reduce muscular and skeletal damage [6] that occurs with any exercise. Studies also show spirulina helps the body utilize fat for energy (instead of sugar) and reduces oxidative damage after exercise [7]. So this holiday season, stay active to burn calories (more room for treats), increase your energy, and protect your bones. ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets are a fast, proven, and handy way to help you do all of this and more! That’s worth a ho ho ho!

3. Prepare for the Holiday Hangovers

We’re not just talking about an alcohol hangover… although this tip will help with that too. We’re talking about the post-feast, sluggish, bloated, tired hangover. Holidays are all about letting loose and having fun, but that often means unhealthy habits and a few too many cocktails. Oops.

Fortunately, there is an easy, fast, plant-based solution that can help clean up any holiday indulgences- chlorella algae. How does it work? Great question! So here’s the skinny on chlorella. It’s a plant that has the highest concentration of chlorophyll in the world. Chlorophyll is a fat-based antioxidant that cleanses your cell walls so nutrients can get in, and toxins can get out. It cleans everything from your cells, liver, blood, and brain – sort of how your mom used to clean up your room when you were a kid. Easy Peasy! Not only does chlorella algae have the highest amount of cleansing chlorophyll, but it also has the hardest cell wall in the plant kingdom that attaches to toxins in your body and removes them. We’re talking all toxins, including such nasties as heavy metals, pesticides, mold, and yes, even alcohol [8].

And while we’re on the topic of toxins, did you know HCAs and PAHs are carcinogenic chemicals created from heating and frying various meat and fish [9]. These chemicals produce free radicals, which can wreak havoc in the body, causing widespread inflammation. A recent study found that Chlorella supplementation for just two weeks showed a significant reduction of HCAs and PAHs [10].

Show your liver some love this holiday season by taking RECOVERYbits chlorella algae tablets before bed to help prevent a hangover the next day. Did someone say party!

4. Improve Your Energy Levels

Just saying the word holiday can make you feel tired as you think about all of the things you need to accomplish. Right? Did you know that spirulina is ideal for boosting energy since it contains an amazing cocktail of nutrients that does this naturally? We’re talking all the B vitamins, nitric oxide, and iron, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and more? The B vitamins are the most important because they are what convert glucose to energy. But nitric oxide is also critical because it helps improve blood flow to you get all those glorious nutrients faster, not to mention iron, which is the nutrient that delivers the oxygen in your blood to your body and brain [11].  Making all those gifting decisions can lead to decision fatigue, and protein deficiency can lead to low energy (yep, like the afternoon slump!). But good news! Researchers showed that after eight weeks, participants taking spirulina demonstrated significant reductions in feelings of mental and physical fatigue [12]. Yeah!

Photo by: Ben White @BenWhitePhotography

Want your energy and decision making to be sharp this holiday season? Just keep ENERGYbits® spirulina tablets handy, and you’ll survive the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. No sweat.

5. Keep Colds at Bay with a Strong Immune System

Flu season is officially here, and it’s nearly impossible to fight against illness when your body is down from the stress of the holidays. Fortunately, chlorella algae helps build your immune system, which helps prevent colds. In 2012, Korean researchers studied healthy individuals and their immune system’s response to chlorella and found that after eight weeks of chlorella intake, natural killer cell activity improved [13]. Natural killer cells are considered part of the immune system because they can rapidly respond to infections [14]. Other research has shown chlorella can help decrease oxidative stress, which is harmful to the immune system [15]. 

RECOVERYbits are the ideal way to flood your body with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, chlorophyll, and protein so you can healthy through the winter [16].

6. Eliminate Stress and Mental Fatigue

The holiday season can bring a lot of stress and mental fatigue, which can hurt our overall health and wellbeing. Fortunately, spirulina algae can help with this. What a great way to prepare yourself for your in-laws coming to town – right? Spirulina and chlorella are loaded with nutrients that help fight mental fatigue, including B vitamins, magnesium, nitric oxide, iron, protein, and Omega-3s like DHA [17]. In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests a lack of fatty acids can contribute to mental health problems, including depression [18]. Researchers also found that the frontal lobes, which are responsible for sustained attention, planning, and problem-solving, are particularly responsive to DHA in the brain [19].

By incorporating spirulina algae into your diet, you can help your brain function optimally, which helps reduce anxiety and stress, and who doesn’t want that? That’s why bits are the perfect gift. One size fits all.

7. Get Ahead of Cravings

Did you know that when your body craves something, it could mean you have a vitamin deficiency? For example, if you’re craving chocolate, you may be deficient in magnesium [20]. That’s why the first defense against cravings is to have all the nutrients you need. Did you know the United Nations and NASA endorse spirulina algae as the most nutrient-dense food in the world? 

Algae is a great way to get all of your essential vitamins and minerals (40+ to be exact).

8. Restful Sleep with Algae

The buzz of the holidays makes it tough to get a good night’s sleep, yet it is essential to your health [21]. Scientists have identified the connections between insufficient sleep and disease and have concluded that inadequate sleep not only increases your risk of medical conditions, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease [22], it can alter the levels of the hormones involved in metabolism, appetite regulation, energy levels, mood and stress response [23].

Algae contains L-tryptophan, an amino acid that helps the body to produce melatonin, a hormone necessary for sleep [24]. Chlorella algae contains the highest concentration of tryptophan in the world, with spirulina algae not far behind.  Studies have shown that taking just one gram of tryptophan at bedtime can significantly improve the quality of your sleep [25]. Chlorella algae has 1.24 grams of tryptophan per 100 grams – almost five times the amount found in turkey [26]. Even better, algae support your body’s natural melatonin production, which is ideal for long-term quality sleep (this will especially come in handy on Christmas Eve when Santa is on the way, and you’re too excited to sleep)!

Christmas wreath

We hope you enjoyed reading our top tips on how to stay healthy throughout the holidays, all of which are easier to do with algae!  Order them here! It’s a one-size-fits-all gift for your family, co-worker, or FedEx guy who has to deliver all those gifts this year. They are also an excellent gift for yourself, so stock up now for yourself and your besties. We’re leaving some for Santa and his Reindeer this year (did we mention how much animals love our bits!).

All of us at ENERGYbits wish you and yours the Happiest Healthiest Holiday Season ever!  

Also, make sure to check out the recipe section of our blog for some fun ways to incorporate algae into your diet with recipes your whole family can enjoy!

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