I sat down with the beautiful Suzanne Hall from The Chalkboard Mag to discuss our favorite ways of sneaking nutrition into our day. Suzanne is full of the best ever hacks! I hosted her in my backyard where we shot a You Tube series for my channel, and we honestly could have nattered on for hours and hours. As Suzanne mentioned in the video, we are living in Los Angeles, which tends to be the epicenter of the world for wellness. Gosh – I remember visiting LA almost 30 years ago and going to a juice bar on Sunset Blvd. A juice bar!!!!! It was a totally anomaly, a novelty of sort. I remember ordering a carrot and apple juice and thinking it was the most exotic thing I’d ever tasted! Fast forward 30 years and that same juice would be frowned on – First because there’s waaaaay too much sugar, and second because there’s only TWO ingredients in it. Anyway, here are the 7 secret nutrition hacks that Suzanne and I whipped out to show you.
1. Sparkling mineral water: Nothing new here, right? Except, Suzanne explained that many sparkling waters aren’t actually true mineral water (as in zero minerals), however, some brands are truly mineral waters: Gerolsteiner is one and Perrier is another. Both contain a slew of minerals, especially magnesium. Moreover, contrary to common opinion, carbonated water can alleviate dyspepsia and help constipation.
2. Alkaline water: Don’t waste your money on one of those crazy expensive machines. Alkaline water is good for you, but you can DIY it by adding 1/2 tsp of baking soda to 2 cups of filtered water. Done and Done
3. Tamp down the fire of inflammation with a delicious beverage: Suzanne showed us how she regularly drinks a Pressed Juicery Apple Lemon Ginger Cayenne beverage, with a vitality shot (yikes!!) for extra anti-inflammatory benefits.
4. Greens-on-the-go: I showed Suzanne how I add a sachet of Ky0-Greens to a smoothie or a small glass of unsweetened fruit juice (such as pomegranate) to get powerful greens in one quick shot. This is great when you are either out of dark leafy greens, traveling, or just can’t be bothered.
5. Chaga mushroom: You really need to know about Chaga. It is anti-viral, anti-aging, anti-bacterial and a whole lot of other things too. Wild Remedies have created a beautiful blend of the powdered mushroom mixed with Ceylon Cinnamon. It is delicious stirred into coffee, or sprinkled on your oatmeal. You could even toss a teaspoon into your smoothie.
6. Adaptogens: These are natural plant and herbal compounds that help your body to adapt to stress. All the medicinal mushrooms are adaptogens, which is why I recommend you consume them as much as possible. One sign that you may really need some heavy duty adaptogens is that your are exhausted all the time. This could mean that you have adrenal fatigue, and if you do, I highly recommend this adaptogenic blend, Mega Adrenal, by The Hall Center.
7. Flaxseeds are my favorite nutrition hack. They help protect you against breast cancer, heart disease, and they help reduce cholesterol. They are also very high in Omega 3 fatty acids and could help with inflammation such as psoriasis or Rosacea. Just grab yourself a bag of ground seeds, and keep them in your freezer. I recommend one tbsp a day in your smoothie, plant-based yogurt, oatmeal, or in baked goods.