Fun fact: we drink more sugar than we eat. At least that’s what all the studies and statistics say and, apparently, that’s one of the things that’s making us fat and sick. Every time you reach for that “vitamin” water, for your soda, energy drink at the gym, coffee in the morning, it’s not hydration/ energy boost/ immunity that you get, it’s sugar and a whole lot of other substances you don’t want to know anything about. I don’t buy into any of the stories about how coffee or energisers help us get the kick we need in the morning, to cope with all the hard work during the day, or in the evening, to keep working after hours. I never drank coffee or energy drinks in my life and I went through endless sleepless nights of law school with nothing but herbal infusions and am now running high on organic juices and smoothies at the gym. So no, you don’t need crap to keep you going.
Another thing you need to know is that switching from chemical, addictive drinks and substances to all natural energy boosters is not gonna happen overnight and it won’t be possible without a prior detox or cleansing. Your body needs time to adjust to this new reality, it needs time to eliminate all the bad and the evil, it needs time to reboot its normal processes and connections. That transition period is not going to be fun, but it’s going to be healing. You can be radical about it and throw all the garbage drinks in the litter or you can gradually give them up and start accommodating more and more of the natural goodies. It’s really your choice how you want to do it, but the important thing is to start, to understand the importance of healthy eating and drinking.
One of the most energising drinks I can think of is a concoction of powerful natural ingredients, with powerful yet underestimated properties. This drink is not only an amazing energiser, but also works wonders for the immune system and for the skin, due to its high content of beta-carotene, vitamin C, A, K, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium and anti-oxidants. All the ingredients used are superstars and have everything it takes to make sure that your body receives the boost in needs for hard days, sick days, rainy days, sad days, cloudy days. Let’s take a closer look.
Sea buckthorn: it’s a berry, and it’s widespread in the Atlantic coast of Europe, Northern Europe, Russia and China. It’s intensely orange and it’s a remedy that’s been used in my family for generations to fight flu and colds. It has 15 times more vitamin C than oranges, it’s packed with carotenoids, vitamin E and amino-acids. Although it’s juice can’t be drank on its own, because of its overbearing tartness, it can be easily mixed with other, sweeter juices or tossed in smoothies.
Carrots: do these babies need any advertising at all? Amazing for the eyes and skin, packed with beta-carotene, vitamin A and K, calcium, B vitamins, etc. Their sweet taste and colour perfectly complements the sea-buckthorn juice.
Lemons: Vitamin C, baby!
Ginger: packed with B vitamins and magnesium, fresh ginger is a well-known remedy for various conditions, mostly related to the gastrointenstinal tract. It also helps with nausea and it’s anti-inflammatory. I love its stinginess and powerful flavour and can’t imagine a juice without it!
Maca root powder: high in calcium and potassium (but not sodium), maca is known for its energy-boosting effects on the central nervous system. It’s also said to be aphrodisiac and have positive effects on fertility, but that’s just a bonus :)
Bee-pollen: the food of the young bees, absolutely packed with protein (40%), half of which in the form of amino-acids that are ready to be used directly by the body. Actually, it contains more amino-acids than beef, cheese or eggs of equal weight. Whoa! I usually eat 1 teaspoon of bee pollen each morning on an empty stomach, but it works even better if you accompany it with fruit, which reinforce its activity. It might not work for you if you are vegan or have allergies, so use with care!
Honey: too much to tell, too many benefits and properties. I love pure, organic honey and it has saved my throat oh so many times when I was sick! In this concoction, it acts as a sweetener, tampering the tart taste of the sea-buckwheat. These two go amazingly well together: in fact, this is how sea-buckthorn is preserved – in honey.
This juice will have you forget all about canned “energy” drinks; although you might not feel it at first, it will actually give your body the boost it needs and, if drank regularly, will work wonders on your skin. It’s also excellent if you have a cold or flu, because it also acts as a very powerful immunity booster. I love the effect of the sparkling water in it, because it recreates the feeling that you are drinking soda and helps fight the cravings :)
Until next time… love and sea-buckthorn!