I don't watch Dr. Oz so I'm not sure about drink green. I will say that the green smoothies I've encountered are pretty cool. One is a mix of fresh spinach, green apple, ginger, banana, lemon juice and avocado. Since I'm restricting fats right now I can't have it but it is tasty. And it's good for you veggie fat and very filling, especially when I add a shot of soy protein. I'm also a fan of the green smoothie that Bolthouse Farms has but I'm too cheap to buy it often. I love the bold color of the smoothies and take joy in the weird looks I get when I drink them.
As for supplements, I aim to get my vitamins with fruits and veggies but if I'm sick or am not hitting my minimum often enough I go for the multivitamin and herbal teas. I've read enough health reports to be skeptical of how effective supplements can be. It seems every time someone isolates an active ingredient in food and tries to put it into a capsule, they can't prove the effectiveness. A lot of supplements actually overdose and can make the body work harder to process the unneeded stuff out. This is ok with some but if the liver has to process it, you can have problems. Other things, echinacea comes to mind, seem to help at first then lose their effectiveness with long-term use. So I like to change things up a bit. Off the top of my head, my go-to supplements are:
soy protein powder - technically I think this is considered a supplement
ginger - great for acid reflux and many tummy complaints
thyme - there seems to be some medical support that the volatile oil, thymol, has antiseptic properties. It sure helps when I have a sore throat and drink it as a tea. It's an acquired taste.
Zicam/zinc/vitamin C - I get a lot of head colds, mostly due to allergies. I don't know how much the zinc and vitamin C really help but if it's just a placebo effect, I'll take it.
Caffeine - usually in tea form. It's great for some of my sinus headaches. To keep it effective, I try to avoid drinking more than 1 cup of green tea a day. Then the cup or two of black tea that I take for a headache is enough to kick many headaches.
OK. I probably veered into the realm of herbal remedies there but I treat them as supplements and try to only use them symptomatically. I really believe a healthy diet is the best way to get the nutrients we need. I just wish I were better about practicing that credo.
I cannot make myself be thin today, but I CAN be healthier by making a few smart choices. I focus on what needs to be done today and tomorrow takes care of itself.
You can complain because roses have thorns. Or you can rejoice that thorns have roses.—Ziggy
Thank you Sparkfriends for being my roses!
| current weight: 286.0