Chlorella & Spirulina for People on Any Low-Carb Diet
As hinted earlier, high-protein (low-carb) dieters have a special need for chlorella and spirulina.
This is primarily due to the fact that the way most people follow low-carb diets is nutritionally imbalanced
(low-carb dieting in theory isn’t imbalanced, but the way most people follow it certainly is).
Most followers of low-carb diets lack sufficient intake of specific vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals
necessary for optimum human health.
The vast majority of low-carb dieters are deficient in calcium, magnesium and zinc, for example.
Both chlorella and spirulina offer naturally balanced minerals that help bring a low-carb diet back into the proper mineral ratios.
Low-carb diets also tend to be highly acidic, thanks to the heavy reliance on acidic foods like animal proteins and even diet soft drinks. These acidic foods are effectively countered by the alkaline
nature of chlorella and spirulina. In other words, these micro-algae help support the healthy pH
balance of the body, which protects against loss of bone mass while giving the kidneys a muchneeded rest.
High-protein diets are typically lacking in the B vitamins, as well. Micro-algae supply all the B vitamins, bringing the body back into balance with this all-important category of nutrition.
The B vitamins are critical for proper immune system function, hormone balance, brain function, and literally thousands of biochemical processes that support the body.
Essentially, micro-algae help correct virtually every nutritional deficiency brought on by high-protein / low-carb diets. People pursuing high-protein diets need to seriously assess their intake of vital nutrients and, very likely, supplement with large quantities of chlorella and spirulina.
I’m a high-protein / low-carb dieter myself, and that’s exactly what I do. I consume large quantities
of proteins and fiber-rich foods during the day (like broccoli and other vegetables).
But I also know that these foods, as healthy as they are, can’t supply the nutrient density of micro-algae, so I supplement both spirulina and chlorella at virtually every meal.
Also, unlike most high-protein dieters, I choose not to consume large quantities of animal products.
I do eat a considerable quantity of eggs, but very little meat. Instead, I rely on spirulina for my dietary protein. (And I’ve put on 15 pounds of lean body mass doing so, too, so don’t let anyone
tell you that you can’t build muscle by eating plants.)
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