6 Delicious Brain Activating Smoothie Recipes
By Sarah Lawrence
The pineal gland is a hazelnut-sized neuroendocrine organ nestled on the midline of your brain. While something that small might seem insignificant, this little gem should not be overlooked.
Known as the “third eye,” the pineal gland is hip in the spiritual world, because it’s considered the alleged link between your physical and spiritual self. Many believe that the pineal gland is what you tap into when you connect with universal energy and supernatural sight.
In the physical world, you can thank the pineal gland for helping with your physical and mental health. It is your internal source of melatonin.
In other words, this small fry takes center stage in the metaphysical plane and in your sleep/wake cycle. Boo-yah!
Whether the third eye concept resonates or sounds like woo woo to you, it pays big time to get to know your pineal gland… and to nourish it! Let’s check out a few ways to support your gorgeous pineal gland.
While the pineal gland is tiny, it is hugely impacted by poor diet, exposure to toxins, stress and lifestyle. There’s some physiological protection in place until you’re about 7 years old… after that, the worldly influences work to calcify the pineal gland. Calcification hardens and effectively shuts down your little buddy. Not good… not good at all!
But the good news is that you can be Prince Charming to your Sleeping Beauty and wake your pineal gland from its slumber. Stick with me to learn the basics of how!
What You NEED To Know
Potential roadblocks to a balanced and glowing pineal gland include insomnia, stress, high protein diets and exposure to electromagnetic fields. All of these things interfere with either serotonin (which converts to melatonin) or melatonin itself.
Things To DO To Care For Your Pineal Gland
1. Get to bed on time: Melatonin production peaks around 30 minutes before your natural sleep cycle kicks in… this is usually 2-3 hours after sunset.
2. Stress-OUT: Stress messes with the way your body converts serotonin into melatonin. It also throws off your hormones, makes it more difficult to balance your weight and makes you grouchy. Kick it out! Meditation has been shown on an fMRI to activate the pineal gland. Yoga also lights it up. Find what works best for you.
3. Detox: Ditch the chemicals, cleaners and synthetics from A-Z. Buh-bye!
4. Keep your distance: Keep a safe distance from objects that emit a major electromagnetic field: power lines, microwaves, cell phones, computers, TVs, etc.
5. Get physical: Significant physical exercise raises the rate of melatonin (by up to 200%!) during the day, while also lowering the level of melatonin drastically at night.
6. Get colorful: Color psychology can be an effective tactic. Blues, purples and greens are touted as pineal gland boosters.
7. Feed yourself: Dark chocolate or raw cacao, seeds, bananas, cherries and greens are all great places to start. Flavor up with mint, sage and thyme. Organic, pesticide-free and non-GMO produce are also musts. Green juices like Organifi also can help!
8. Sunshine: Get some rays daily. Ideally 30-60 minutes in the morning! Be sure to take care of your skin while you’re soaking it up.
Nutritional Timing And Technique
Nourishing your pineal gland with food is about more than just what you’re putting in your mouth; it’s also about when. Mess this up and you’re bound to be foggy and groggy… and we can’t have that now, can we? My friend, I love you… and I want you feeling good, not gross!
Try these 6 delicious pineal gland activating smoothie recipes. Each smoothie makes enough for 1 serving. Just blend and drink!
|Positively Purple A.M. Power Smoothie
- 1 frozen banana
- ⅔ cup frozen blackberries or blackcurrants
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 cup almond milk
|Positively Purple P.M. Power Smoothie
- ½ cup gluten-free oats
- 1 ½ cups mixed purple fruit (blueberries, concord grapes, blackberries, cherries)
- 1 cup water
|Chocolate Mint Morning Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups dairy-free milk
- 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 cup spinach
- ½ avocado
- 3 leaves fresh mint
- 1 tsp raw cacao nibs (optional garnish)
- ½ cup tart cherry juice or frozen cherries*
- ½ banana
- ½ cup soy milk or almond milk
- 1 tsp flaxseed
*If using frozen cherries, increase liquid to 1 cup for easier blending
|Light Green Activating Machine
- 1 ½ cups coconut water
- 1 tbsp spirulina or chlorella powder
- 1 cup romaine heart, chopped
- 1 frozen banana
|Banana Dream Pie Smoothie
- ¾ cup organic strawberries
- 1 banana
- ½ cup almond milk
- 2 brazil nuts
Give one or all of these recipes a try and let us know how it goes! Do you know of any other awesome ways to help out your pineal gland? Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
Sarah Lawrence is a Certified Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition Coach, Speaker and Reiki Master based in Southern NH. Sarah creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to shift from their current habits into healthier ones. Her philosophy is that small changes, over time, can yield big results. By developing a technique that leverages the benefits of whole foods nutritionals, seasonal detoxification, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and life coaching, Sarah artfully combines her knowledge from years of study in the fields of chemistry, nutrition and energy healing.
Sarah leads clients from frustration due chronic health issues to elation by attaining and sustaining balanced health. Her intuitive style supports true healing on all levels. Sarah studied at Fairfield University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is dedicated to continuing her studies so she can provide the best support for her clients.
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