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Oh my ulcerated intestines this has been a massive pain in my arse. I am way more surprised than you that I actually finished this. Ok it was a few months late but to be fair I did the first 8 back to back. Then I just ran out of things to write about. So many, many, MANY stupid supplements people take that it is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff. You could honestly bottle goats piss, slap an antioxident sticker on it and make millions. But now I am just hating for no reason so lets crack on.

Acai berry. Does it count as a supplement? Course it does otherwise I would have to think about something else to write about and frankly I don’t have the brain power. So why this berry? Well I want to really use this berry as a cross-sectional representation (if that is a thing) of other super foods. See there are loads of claims about super foods but they are usually unsubstantiated. So I am going to try and give Acai a bullshit free review (not that I was bullshitting about the others but maybe I got sucked into the hype).

Can Acai make you fly? No. Does it cure you from your crippling ugliness? No. Does it make me funnier? If it did, I would be injecting it straight into my eyeballs. Like most super foods, Acai is an antioxident (and most definitely not goats piss). But lets be honest here. Antioxident is just a throw away word to make us sound healthy but what does it actually mean.

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MMM…Antioxidents

 

An antioxident is a food that prevents molecules inside your body from oxidizing (hence the name). Now bare with me while I try and wrap my head around this while I type. When a molecule in our body oxidizes, it forms a free radical. A free radical is a molecule that a single electron that it wishes to bond to another molecule. Now these free radicals are highly reactive and so therefore will bond easily to another molecule altering its state and also creating more free radicals. This chain of events carries on occurring, mutating the molecules within your body and so causing various medical disorders.

If any of that is wrong then please tell me. It has been ages since I have done chemistry. So there Acai is awesome for that. It is also high in fiber and great for cleaning out the gut (hello Crohn’s peopleses). It increases energy levels and promotes healthy digestion which is always a good thing. For all the Crohn’s sufferers, it does help poopage so you probably wouldn’t want to take it if you are having a (Rick) flare up.

One of the biggest pieces of BS about the Acai berry are the claims that it promotes weight loss. Obviously it is super good for you in many other ways and alongside healthy diet and exercise, you will lose weight. But that is because of the healthy diet and exercise. Popping a couple of these on there own won’t do anything. However, popping a couple of these while on a treadmill might.

So that is my final 12 Days of Supplements and I am never doing it again. Having said that, I learnt a lot myself about the supplements I am taking and how they are benefiting me. Just need to keep it up. I shall leave you with this tune.

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The last days of supplements are nigh. Have you repented? Sometimes I think that this new found healthy lifestyle is actually detrimental for my health. Woke up this morning with a black eye and busted knuckle from training but that probably won’t stop me from going again today. Maybe I am just self destructive or maybe I am Bruce Lee reincarnated (definitely the latter considering I always played as Marshall Law in Tekken).

 

Today I have decided to write about spirulina (and no that isn’t Cinderella’s twin sister who ended up living a life of forced manual labour after her sister ran off). Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae originally found in tropical lakes. It was first noted to have been used by the Aztecs as a daily food source and naturally harvested from lakes. Now it is produced commercially in man made ponds and lakes. 

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Looks less like a supplements and more like something Scooby Doo should be running away from.

 

So what is the big deal and if it is so good then where are the Aztecs now (a victim of their vengeful Gods who I am now genuinely afraid of). Well it contains a super high amount of protein for starters. According to the Aztec God of knowledge (wikipedia), it equals the protein in eggs and most meats and has way more protein than most plant based sources (such as lentils, chick peas etc). In fact it is so high in protein that NASA and the European Space Agency are proposing it to be one of the primary foods to be cultivated during long-term space missions. Now I’m starting to think that maybe the Aztecs just up and left Earth for Mars.

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Actual image from NASA of a Martian Aztec

 

Spirulina has also shown promising affects to help tackle autoimmune diseases (CROHN’S). A bacteria found in the gut called Candida has been known to worsen the affects of these autoimmune disorders and while Spirulina is not a cure for it, it has been found to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut and prevent an overgrowth of Candida. Spirulina is nutritionally awesome and a great source of protein especially if you are vegetarian or vegen.

For my tune I have pick a conscious hip hop classic from back in the day. Hip hop is not just an art but a way of thought.

 

Man this 12 Days of Supplements thing is taking ages. Seemed like such a good idea when I started. It still is a good idea but I am just being lazy. Plus I have loads of other things I want to talk about. But lets stick with the supplements for now and not get sidetracked. Anyone remember magnesium from primary school science? Burns with a bright light and therefore awesome? It looked like the chemical equivalent of a HADOUKEN! That is actually the chemical term. Check any chemistry book. I dare you. Well it is also a super cool supplement.

According to the NHS (anyone that pronounces that ‘nahus’ has been watched way to much Ali G aaaiiiight) it helps turn the food that we eat into energy and also helps produce the hormones that are important for bone health. Taking vast amounts of steroids decreases bone density so this is an important supplement. Usually it does not need to be taken as a supplement as we should be getting all we can from a healthy and balanced diet. Hands up if you are currently having a healthy and balanced diet. Exactly.

Check this bit below from WebMD:

Severe magnesium deficiencies are rare. They are more likely in people who:

  • Have kidney disease
  • Have Crohn’s disease or other conditions that affect digestion
  • Have parathyroid problems
  • Take antibiotics or drugs for diabetes or cancer
  • Are older adults
  • Abuse alcohol

Ahhh see anything interesting there. How about the bit where is says ‘Severe magnesium deficiencies are rare. They are more likely in people who have CROHN’S DISEASE OR OTHER CONDITIONS THAT AFFECT DIGESTION. SAY WHAAT! For reals y’all. Seriously I feel like less of a moron now for taking it without question. But still it is always good to question.

So while this may not necessarily help my Crohn’s, it will help other factors and parts of my body that are affected by my Crohn’s and this goes back to my original reason for starting this blog. No doctor told me that there could be a chance I was magnesium deficient and that could affect my bones and energy because they don’t look at the body holistically. They focus on one area and try and fix it without considering the fact that they might be doing damage somewhere else. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful because I am very lucky to have been seen by some amazing doctors under the NHS but there comes a time when I have to take my health into my own hands.

Finally I would like to appeal to everything reading this. I would like to put together am IBD meet up group based in London to give other suffers a place to voice there experiences, good or bad, and generally just share what they have discovered about themselves while having this disease. Also I would like to use it as an excuse to find some good, IBD friendly food places to ransack. If this is something that you would like to be involved in or you know anyone that has any form of IBD that you think may benefit from talking to others in a similar situation then please get in contact at tranquiltummy@gmail.com. I am hoping to organise the first meet at the end of Feb or beginning of March so spread the word and get in touch. Thanks.

Beat time. A tune that should be an IBD anthem.