Originally published August 2 2009
A Protein Drink in Morning is Complete Meal for a Balanced Start to the Day
by Alex Howard
(NaturalNews) Having a protein drink in the morning is probably the best way to create sustainable energy throughout the day. Mid-morning and mid-afternoon hunger pangs and energy dips can disappear altogether. A protein shake in the morning is a filling and complete breakfast which contains protein, fats and carbohydrate, all in one meal.
If you experience dizziness or irritability without eating for 4 hours, or food cravings and energy dips, you may be experiencing a blood sugar imbalance. Such imbalances are bad for the immune system, the liver, and almost every bodily organ. Protein shakes can improve this sugar imbalance, while boosting the immune system and supporting the liver with nutrients and antioxidants.
Protein has a remarkable ability to increase your body`s levels of glutathione by providing the building blocks needed to create this molecule. Glutathione is a potent antioxidant which helps liver detoxification and boosts the immune system. Also note red berries are one of the most potent sources of antioxidants available.
Regular consumption of protein powder shakes is a superb way to bring about cell renewal and new tissue growth. It improves skin, strengthens arteries, restructures musculature and helps prevent excessive weight gain.
How to Make a Protein Shake
1. 3-4 tablespoons of natural organic yoghurt. (Or alternative if dairy intolerant)
2. A rounded handful of berries (equivalent to the volume of 1 apple):
You could add the following if you desire:
1. 1 scoop of your protein powder. Protein powders can be dairy or non-dairy
2. 1-2 tablespoons of oats (best soaked overnight)
3. 1 tablespoon of ground nuts and seeds (best soaked overnight)
4. 1 tablespoon of liquid essential fatty acids
5. Vitamin C powder or a multi vitamin and mineral powder
Throw everything into a blender and whizz until smooth!
Natural organic yoghurt can be bought from most supermarkets and health food shops. It is always best to have organic sheep and goat`s yoghurt. If you are vegan, you can use soy yoghurt instead. If you are also soy intolerant, a great creamy alternative is 1/2 or a whole avocado. It is important to get organic dairy as toxins tend to accumulate in fatty foods.
Ideally organic berries are best because non-organic berries have been found to contain some of the highest levels of pesticides of all fruit. They can include raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries etc. These can be fresh or frozen.
Oats are a great source of low sugar carbohydrates. Organic is best. Nuts and seeds can include pumpkin, sunflower, linseed, almonds, Brazils, hazelnuts and walnuts. Most blenders come with an attachment to grind coffee. This can be used to grind the nuts and seeds.
About the authorAlex Howard is author of "WHY ME? My Journey from M.E. to Health and Happiness" and founder of The Optimum Health Clinic, an award winning clinic specialising in M.E./C.F.S./Fibromyalgia based in Harley Street Clinic, London, UK. The clinic has treated over 5,000 patients with M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia in over twenty-five countries around the world, and is currently running a two year clinical trial in conjunction with two top universities. A free information pack, including a 75 documentary about the clinic and its work, can be ordered from www.FreedomFromME.co.uk
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