We’re on our 300th day of quarantine here it feels like at the Sonnier house, and to say we’re going a little stir-crazy is a bit of an understatement.
I decided to whip up one of my favorite and super nourishing drinks to share it with y’all. I created this recipe a couple of years ago, and I always drink it out of a wine glass. For some reason sipping this out of a fancy cup just makes it taste even better.
It’s been found that patients suffering from colorectal cancer have high levels of bad bacteria called Fusobacterium. A study that I found showed that wild blueberries actually kill Fusobacterium! Talk about a super berry AMIRIGHT?
Wild blueberries also contain immense healing properties, and the phytochemicals in them act like magnets to attract toxic heavy metals and carry them out of the brain and liver and remove them from the body. They also work to prevent cell damage and alleviate inflammation.
Reishi Mushroom is also known as the Queen Healer Mushroom and has been used in Oriental and Eastern Folk Medicine for hundreds of years. It’s often referred to as the “mushroom of immortality” because of it’s extensive healing and immune-aiding properties. Reishi actually helps modulate and improve the immune system with its beta glucans and polysaccharides. I used this mushroom all throughout my battle with cancer because it helps reduce the side effects from chemotherapy and radiation.
Chlorella is a blue-green algae that is native to Taiwan and Japan, and is filled with phytonutrients that work hard to detox heavy metals from the body. It works by binding to heavy metals like lead, cadmium, and mercury, to prevent them from being reabsorbed. Chlorella has high amounts of chlorophyll which helps protect the body from UV radiation and removes radioactive particles from the body.
Lion’s Mane is another mushroom that’s known for its ability to improve mental clarity and focus. Research shows that lion’s mane contains two compounds- hericenoes and erinacines- that stimulate brain cell growth. Lion’s mane mushroom and its extracts can also counteract amyloid-beta plaques, which build up in Alzheimer’s patients’ brains. I love using this in my smoothies, oatmeals, or yogurt bowls.
Coconut water is an easy and tasty way to sneak in some extra electrolytes and it makes one heck of a sport’s drink replacement since its NOT loaded with artificial colorings and flavorings. Coconut water contains an electrolyte profile that is similar to human blood which makes it an ideal drink to replace fluids and electrolytes.
Raw Honey is my all time favorite sweetener and kitchen must-have. Raw honey is pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized which means all the nutritional value is kept. I use raw honey to sweeten beverages or baked goodies, for allergies, as a natural energy source, and as a sleep aid. When raw honey is consumed right before bedtime it restores the liver’s glycogen supply and prevents the brain from triggering a crisis search for fuel, which can wake you up. It promotes the release of melatonin by creating a small spike in insulin levels. This releases tryptophan in the brain which then converts to serotonin, and then at lasts converts to melatonin.
- 1 cup organic wild blueberries, frozen
- 1/2 tsp reishi
- 1/2 tsp chlorella
- 1/2 tsp lion’s mane
- 1/2 cup coconut water
- 1 tsp raw honey
Add coconut water to a blender and then add the remaining ingredients. Blend on medium-high for a few minutes or until a smooth liquid is reached. Pour into a fancy glass (optional but recommended ;)) and enjoy!