Spirulina is microscopic blue-green algae, and it is one of the building blocks in our food chain. This green superfood is full of life-giving nutrients. It contains high levels of plant-based protein (not soy-isolate that is called the ‘junk’ protein of the food industry and which often comes from GM soy), and amino acids as well as numerous antioxidants that reduce cellular damage and aid in the many functions of your body. Feeling a little slow? Add some spirulina to a glass of water or to a juice smoothie, and watch your energy soar .
Vitamin D enables your body to absorb calcium from food. Exposure to sunlight is the most natural way to help your body make vitamin D but it is important to balance your sun exposure. Overexposure to sunlight could make some women vulnerable to skin cancer. Also, depending on where you live and the time of year, sunlight may not always be available. For these reasons, the medical community no longer recommends relying only on sunlight as the primary source for getting vitamin D. It’s wiser to also consider food sources such as yogurt, orange juice, fish (mackerel, salmon), and fortified cereals.
Not only is evolution happening right now everywhere around us, but adaptive changes can occur in a population with remarkable speed. This speed is essential if you’re a desert mouse living in an environment where a volcanic eruption can reverse selective pressure in nearly an instant. The film features Dr. Michael Nachman, whose work in the field and in the lab has quantified the selective pressure of predators and identified the genes involved in adaptation. In a complete story, from ecosystem to molecules, pocket mice show us how random changes in the genome can take many paths to the same adaptation—a colored coat that hides them from predators.