Nutrition For Drummers
The Super GreensBy Ken Babal, C.N. Published January 2008
Your mother always told you to eat your vegetables. This was wise advice. Many scientific studies confirm that eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables promotes good health. Studies suggest that for best disease protection it may be necessary to consume at least seven servings of vegetables and fruits a day. This may seem like a feat given that some people are lucky if they consume that many in a week! If you fall short of this recommendation, you might consider a powdered green food supplement from your local natural food store, which can be stirred into water or juice. It’s an easy way to help you achieve your quota for green vegetables everyday.
Green vegetables, like broccoli and leafy greens, are the epitome of health foods. They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. They are green, of course, because of their chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is sometimes called the “blood” of plants because it is chemically similar to our own blood. It’s also known as an internal deodorant because it acts like a magnet in drawing out toxins from the body. In addition to powdered broccoli, kale, and spinach, there are some unconventional greens to look for in a supplement.
Spirulina. A fresh-water algae and the basis for the food chain in lakes and streams. Contains practically all nutrients necessary to sustain life. Gram for gram, it contains more iron than liver, more calcium than milk, and more protein than meat.
Chlorella. Another fresh-water algae with the highest chlorophyll content of any food. Chlorella is also the richest source of RNA, a growth factor.
Wheatgrass. In terms of key nutrients, 15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of choice vegetables. It’s said to be especially important to anyone suffering from pain or illness.
Barley Grass. There are many case histories of people who have improved their health while consuming this power plant. In fact, barley grass is one of the most highly researched therapeutic green foods.
Kelp/Dulse. Seaweeds are rich in minerals, especially iodine. All life evolved from the oceans, and it’s interesting that mineral concentrations in blood are said to be similar to those found in seawater.
I recommend powdered super greens for touring musicians because eating a high quality diet and staying well can be a challenge on the road. Who knows? They might even enhance your performance!