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Hormone Disruptors: Everyday Poisons in Skin Care Products

thumbSeptember 21, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie

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Hormone Disruptors
Everyday Poisons in Skin Care Prodcuts

Hormones are delicate, they are easy to unbalance and disrupting them leads to major problems and concerns.

It’s a big issue for women, and the frightening part is how many products contain hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Products marketed specifically towards women to make us more youthful, beautiful, and all of the other promises, are loaded with these dangerous substances.

And the crazy part is that there’s no need for these chemicals!

I don’t want to toot our own horn too much, but that’s entirely why we developed our plant-based & superfood beauty products last year. YoungProtect, Gone, and Lips, along with our plant-based Shampoo, Conditioner, and Body Wash.

We proved you don’t need anything other than plants & superfoods and the results speak for themselves:

  • Younger, firmer, clear skin.
  • Faded wrinkles & scars.
  • Bright beautiful complexions.
  • Light-weight, voluminous hair.

But enough about us, I want to talk about what really concerns me.

Too many products have these unnecessary chemicals, and we’re on a mission to inform the public. Because these companies certainly won’t do it themselves.

In fact, they don’t even have to tell you all the ingredients if they hide behind a “trade secret”, so it’s impossible to know if you’re even getting all the info!

Women are exposed every single day to these nasty toxins due to their prevalence in beauty products.

So tell your friends, get the word out… check the ingredients! Question the company! And 100% avoid anything with these chemicals in them.


 

Parabens

Found in:
Soaps, shampoos, lotions, and cosmetics.

The claim:
To combat mold, bacteria, and yeast growth.

The reality:
Detected in tissue samples of human breast tumors.2
Shown to have estrogen-like effects, resulting in a negative effect on your estrogen balance.1


Too little or too much estrogen can cause a variety of issues including:

  • Weight gain
  • Sleep problems
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Mental fog
  • Heart palpitations
  • Decreased libido
  • Hot flashes
  • Cold chills
  • Hair loss
  • Bad PMS

 


 

Phthalates

Found in:
Nail polishes, perfumes, and hair products.

The claim:
To help with softness and flexibility

The reality:
Could disrupt your endocrine system (not good!).3
Shown to adversely affect reproductive health.3
Possibly linked to poor breast tissue health.3

An out-of-whack endocrine system can cause numerous problems including:

  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Weight problems
  • Disrupted sleep cycles
  • Bad mood swings
  • Poor growth and development
  • Sexual dysfunction/reproduction
  • Bad skin
  • Digestive Issues

 


 

Triclosan 

Found in:
Toothpaste, makeup, soaps, skin care, and many other household products.

The claim:
An antimicrobial agent.4

The reality:
Possible negative effects on thyroid hormones.4,5

Unbalanced thyroid hormones can lead to:

  • Weight gain or loss
  • Digestive Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep problems
  • Bad skin
  • Hair loss

 

In order to feel great, be healthy, and look their best both men and women need their endocrine system, estrogen levels, and thyroid hormones to be balanced. Parabens, Phthalates, and triclosan might negatively affect these areas resulting in anything from unpleasant symptoms to serious health concerns. Steer clear of these iffy ingredients and look for a more natural, clean solution to your personal care needs.

 

Sources:
1. Vo T, Jeung EB. An Evaluation of Estrogenic Activity of Parabens Using Uterine Calbindin-D9k Gene in an Immature Rat Model. Toxicol Sci. 2009;112(1):68-77.

2. Harvey P, Everett D. Significance of the detection of esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid (parabens) in human breast tumours. J Appl Toxicol. 2004;24(1):1-4.

3. Lopez-Carrillo L, Hernandez-Ramirez R, Calafat A, et al. Exposure to Phthalates and Breast Cancer Risk in Northern Mexico. Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118(4):539-544.

4. Cooney C. PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS: Triclosan Comes under Scrutiny. Environ Health Perspect. 2010;118(6):A242.

5. Veldhoen N, Skirrow RC, Osachoff H, et al. The bactericidal agent triclosan modulates thyroid hormone-associated gene expression and disrupts postembryonic anuran development. Aquat Toxicol;2006:80(3):217-227.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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11 Not-So-Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

thumbSeptember 21, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie

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11 Not-So-Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick

You’re healthy, you eat well and exercise, but it’s still hard to escape the “fall flu.” Yet we all have one or two coworkers or friends who never seem to catch the bug (I’m looking at you Cassie!).

It’s ok to admit that we might be a bit jealous of them. And confused… I mean how do they do it?

Maybe you are one of these lucky people. Do you know why?

Is it superhuman abilities, or crazy amazing genetics?

Here’s the big surprise: there is no big surprise.

There are no secrets; most of it is just common sense. It’s the follow-through that’s the hard part. But if you can do most of these practices consistently, you might find yourself thinking, “when was the last time I got sick?”

Add in some superfoods to boost your immunity and you’ll be all set! There’s still two days left during our Cold & Flu Defense Savings Event, where you can grab some incredible superfoods for 10% off.


1. They wash their hands, often. 

This one may seem like a no brainer, but those that don’t get sick wash their hands more than the average bear.

And what is average? Well a recent survey showed that about 70% of people do not wash their hands with soap and warm water…I’m going to let that sink in for a moment.1

Rinsing those beautiful hands is the single most effective way of decreasing your chances of catching something nasty!2

To reduce your chances of catching a bug lather up before you eat, after coming into contact with someone who’s feeling under the weather, and of course after you use the restroom.

 


 2. They can find Zen amongst the chaos.

Stress activates the immune system, which is beneficial in the short term but chronic stress can cause immune system burnout, leading to getting sick.3

Those superhumans who rarely get the sniffles tend to find ways to manage their stress.

Pressed for time? Give yourself a 5 minute mini break every hour. Get up from your desk and take a walk out side, stretch, or listen to your favorite song. Doing so can give you the mental break you need to feel relaxed and refreshed.

 


3. They hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. 

60% of the body is made up of water and it is essential for everything from some enzyme reactions to nutrient absorption and utilization.

Every moment we are breathing in a plethora of things – dust, pollen, dander, air pollutants, perfumes, and germs.

Our body’s way of keeping out all of the icky stuff? Mucus, which happens to be mostly, you guessed it, made up of water.

Staying hydrated allows the body to constantly flush out any potential irritants before they turn into something more serious.

 


4. Their sleep game is strong. 

Getting enough shut-eye actually enhances the immune systems defense against microorganisms, making a well rested person less likely to get sick then their sleep deprived counterpart.4

Remember, 8 hours of sleep is the average and not the rule. It’s ok if you feel awesome after 6 hours or even 10. Follow a sleep pattern that feels right for you!

 


5. Plants are their friends.

Consuming the rainbow is one of the best ways to decreases your chances of catching that pesky cold that’s been going around.

And we’re not taking about the Skittles rainbow…

Fruits as well as vegetables have been shown to reduce inflammation and provide a variety of macro- and micro-nutrients essential for immune function.5

Load up on an assortment of your favorite produce each day to rev up your immune system.

Or try Superfood Smoothie Mix for a convenient blend of 13 superfoods.

 


6. Their glass is always half-full.           

Staying positive and optimistic can be beneficial in many area of life.

Not only has it been associated with improved outcomes of certain conditions but it has also been shown to boost the immune system too!6

Pick a different positive mantra to live by each week. It can be as simple as, “My body is healthy, strong, and beautiful.”

Write it on a sticky note and place it somewhere you know you will see it, like your bathroom mirror or computer at work, and take a moment each day to say those words in your head.

 


7. They eat foods high in vitamin C.

Certain immune cells, called t-cells and phagocytes, require vitamin C to function.7

People who consume foods high in vitamin C daily improve their chances of staying healthy.

What about a vitamin supplement? Probably not.

Not only do they tend to not be pricey, but they are usually in the form of ascorbic acid derived from GMO corn!

Instead opt for foods naturally high in vitamin C such as oranges, bell peppers, and even our powdered camu camu berry that has better bioavailability and tastes great!

 


8. They break a sweat.           

Hitting the gym for a sweat sesh will do more than make you look good.

It’s actually been linked to reduced incidents of infections.8

The key here is consistency. Get up and get moving for at least 30 minutes per day.

Not a fan of the gym? That’s ok! Try going for a walk around your neighborhood or meeting up with a couple of friends after work to play tennis or hit up a local yoga class.

 


9. They follow Marvin Gay’s advice and Get It On. 

Yes you read that right!

Individuals who have sex at least once or twice per week have higher levels of immune antibodies than those who don’t.9

 


10. Their Social Network extends beyond Facebook.           

Need another excuse to spend some much needed quality time with your bestie?

Those with a strong social network are able to fight off colds and the flu better than those with out.10

Some scientists believe this is due to the fact that when we hang out with our friends our bodies produce lower levels of the stress hormones catecholamine and glucocorticoids, which decreases the chances of getting sick.

 


11. They DO get sick, but they take care of themselves. 

Everyone gets sick, even those who seem to “never get sick.” So this one is not a tip to prevent you from getting ill but rather one for what to do when you actually start to feel under the weather.

Rest.

Plain and simple I know, but resting when you actually are sick can shorten the duration of your cold. Don’t try to work through it, you don’t have to “tough it out,” just take it easy and let your body do its thing.

 

References:

  1. Show Me the Science – Why Wash Your Hands? Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/why-handwashing.html Accessed September 20, 2016.
  2. OSH Answer Fact Sheets. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Web site. http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/diseases/washing_hands.html Revised September 19, 2016. Accessed September 20, 2016.
  3. Schneiderman N, Ironson G, Siegel S. STRESS AND HEALTH: Psychological, Behavioral, and Biological Determinants. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2005;1:607-628.
  4. Besedovsky L. Lange T. Born J. Sleep and immune function. Pflugers Arch. 2012;463(1):121-137
  5. Myles I. Fast food fever: reviewing the impacts of the Western diet on immunity. Nutr J. 2014;13:61
  6. Segerstrom S. Optimism and immunity: Do positive thoughts always lead to positive effects? Brain Behav Immun. 2005;19(3):195-200.
  7. Strohle A, Hahn A. [Vitamin C and immune function]. Med Monatsschr Pharm. 2006;32(2):49-54.
  8. Gleeson M. Immune function in sport and exercise. J Appl Physiol. 2007;103:693-699.
  9. Health & Sex. WebMD website. http://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health
  10. Recipe for Longevity: No Smoking, Lots of Friends. TIME Web site. http://content.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2006938,00.html Published July 2008.

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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Gold & Silver Chai Latte

Gold & Silver Chai Latte

With the leaves beginning to turn it’s time for warm, cozy drinks and we’ve got one for you that’s delicious and full of immune boosting superfoods!

(Don’t miss our Cold & Flu Savings Event – 10% off select superfoods for fighting off germs!)

Germ fighting silver, nutrient dense honey, and inflammation balancing turmeric are the stars that give this creamy, heavenly drink its immune enhancing properties.

Enjoy this recipe when you are feeling under the weather or even on a crisp fall morning as a fun way to start your day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tea Satchel of Chai Tea (decaf or vanilla rooibos tea for kids)
  • 1 Tbsp WeeBee Honey
  • 6oz Water
  • 1/4 C Coconut Milk
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • 1-3 Drops of Colloidal Silver
  • Coconut Whipped Cream and Cinnamon for topping.

 

Directions:

  • Heat water in sauce pan, tea kettle, or microwave until boiling.
  • Add tea bag to a heat safe cup and pour hot water into it. Be sure to leave room for milk and coconut whipped cream.
  • While tea is steeping, in a separate pan heat coconut milk over low heat for a minute or until warm.
  • Remove milk from heat, add turmeric, and stir until incorporated.
  • Take the tea bag from mug and pour in warm milk mixture, honey, and silver. Stir.
  • Enjoy as is or top with coconut whipped cream and cinnamon!

*Sunfoodie Tip: For an extra immune boost add 1/2 tsp chia seed powder!

Enjoy!

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The Superfood Survival Guide for Cold & Flu Season

thumbSeptember 18, 2016
By: Molly W.
Nutritionist B.S., M.S., Superfood lover, Sunfoodie

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The Superfood Survival Guide for Cold & Flu Season

Fall is upon us and that means changing weather (yes the weather still changes here in San Diego 😉 just less than everywhere else), cool crisp nights, autumn leaves, pumpkin spice everything, and unfortunately germs. Lots of them.

Especially if you’ve got kiddos going to the germ factory every day, bringing home all their classmates coughs, sniffles, and runny noses.

Each year millions of people catch those pesky cold and flu viruses at least once, with many of us experiencing the unpleasantness of these little germs more often.1

I’ve compiled a list of  my favorite natural solutions that help combat sniffles, coughs, colds, and the flu!

Plus, to help you out this cold & flu season you can save 10% on all these items with the code “defend10” for a limited time.

>>View “Cold & Flu Defense” Savings Event<< 

 


 

10 Natural Solutions for Cold & Flu Defense

Raw Honey – Better than cough syrup

This delicious superfood is no ordinary sweetener. Chalked full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants essential for optimal immune function this tasty treat is a must have in your cold fighting tool kit.

One study found that children who were given a dose of honey before going to bed felt more relief from their cough compared with the over the counter drugs dextromethorphan (DM) and diphenhydramine (DPH).2

Honey also promotes healthy gut bacteria, those little guys that play a pivotal role in helping your immune system function properly.3,4

Try WeeBee Raw Honey

 


 

Camu CamuOranges got nothin’ on this Vitamin C

A small tropical berry that is one of the highest sources of vitamin C in the world, with the whole fruit having around 30 times more than an orange!

Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant known to aid immune cells in the fight against viruses and bacteria. Several studies showed that consuming 1g of vitamin C per day shortened the duration of colds in both children and adults.5

Mix 1-2 tsp in your favorite juice or smoothie when you’re starting to feel under the weather.

Try Organic Camu Camu

 


 

SilverOld School is New School

An old tried but true go-to of many naturopathic doctors, silver has been used for centuries in aiding the ill.

Our Super Nano Colloidal Silver is the most potent, safest, easiest to absorb from of silver in the market. You can add it to any drink, soup, or smoothie you want without diluting its potency.

One recent study suggests that silver might have an inhibitory effect on a variety of viruses.6

Try Super Nano Colloidal Silver

 


 

Chia Seeds/ Sacha Inchi OilOmegas put inflammation in its place

When we get anything from the sniffles to a full on lung infection our body becomes inflamed.

While the inflammation process is healthy and normal, all too often when we get sick our bodies go a little overboard.

One of natures best defense mechanisms against unwanted inflammation? Omega-3 fatty acids!

Both Chia seeds and sacha inchi oil are wonderful sources of this mighty fat, which when taken regularly helps to promote a healthy inflammation response by the body helping fight back against colds and the flu.7

Try Organic Chia Seeds

Try Organic Sacha Inchi Oil

 


 

MangosteenXanthone fights for you

Native to the South Pacific, this tropical fruit is the most potent source of xanthone, a powerful phytochemical that has been shown to enhance the activity of immune cells in the human body.8

While the mangosteen fruit is delicious and sweet, the nutrient dense rind produces a tart, tangy flavor.

Adding a teaspoon to your favorite tropical smoothie or atop a creamy non-dairy yogurt can help jump start your immune system!

Try Organic Mangosteen

 


 

Sun Is Shining SupergreensMajor greens reporting for duty

A dynamic whole food formula made up of 19 raw, organic, wild-crafted green superfoods including algae, sea vegetables, and potent herbs.

The dark leafy greens in this formula actually have been found to allow one of the bodies major immune cells, called intra-epithelial lymphocytes (IELs), to function properly.9

Another bonus, it contains a natural probiotic and enzyme complex that can be beneficial for individuals dealing with digestive issues as a result of the flu.

Try Organic Supergreens

 


 

Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine PhytoplanktonStrength from the sea

The main hero in this bottle is actually a molecule that has lived on this planet for almost 3 billion years—phytoplankton.

SuperOxide Dismutase (SOD) is the reason this microalgae packs a powerful immune boosting punch. SOD is an antioxidant enzyme that is part of the body’s first line of defense against illness.10

Remember a little goes a long way. Just add one to two drops in your favorite beverage and reap the benefits of this wonderful alga.

Try Oceans Alive 2.0 Marine Phytoplankton

 


 

Spirulina CrunchiesEnhance immunity with algae

An ancient superfood coveted by the Aztecs, spirulina is a microscopic freshwater vegetable that gets its name from its tiny spiral shape.

This green plant is loaded with compounds called carotenoids that enhance immune function.11, 12

Try Spirulina Crunchies

 


 

Bee PollenLittle nuggets of nutrients

We have our cute and friendly bees to thank for this one!

Bee pollen is an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin A and the mineral zinc both of which strengthen the immune response.13

These fluffy granules are best served sprinkled on oatmeal or smoothie bowls.

Try Spanish Bee Pollen


 

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Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues. 

References:

1) Seasonal Influenza, More Information. Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm#people. Updated August 3, 2016.

2) Shadkam M, Mozaffari-Khosravi H, Mozayan M. A Comparison of the Effect of Honey, Dextromethorphan, and Diphenhydramine on Nightly Cough and Sleep Quality in Children and Their Parents. J Altern Complement Med. 2010;16(7):787-793.

3) Purchiaroni F, Totora A, Gabrielli M, et al. The role of intestinal microbiota and the immune system. EurRev Med Pharmacol Sci. 2013;17(3):323-333.

4) Kajiwara S, Gandhi H, Ustunol Z. Effect of honey on the growth of and acid production by human intestinal Bifidobacterium ssp.: an in vitro comparison with commercial oligosaccharides and inulin. J Food Prot. 2002:65(1):214-218.

5) Hemila H. Vitamin C and common cold-induced asthma: a systematic review and statistical analysis. Allergy Asthma Clin Immunol. 2013;9(46).

6) Lara H, Garza-Trevino E, Ixtepan-Turrent L, Singh D. Silver nanoparticles are broad-spectrum bactericidal and virucidal compounds. J Nanobiotechnology. 2011;9(30).

7) Calder P. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and inflammatory processes: nutrition or pharmacology? Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2013;75(3):645-662.

8) Tang YP, Li PG, Kondo M, Ji HP, Kou Y, OuB. Effect of a mangosteen dietary supplement on human immune function: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trail. J Med Food. 2009;12(4):75-763.

9) Li Y, Innocentin S, Withers D, et al. Exogenous Stimuli Maintain Intraepithelial Lymphocytes via Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Activation. Cell. 2011.

10) Pham-Huy L, He H, Pham-Huy C. Free Radicals, Antioxidants in Disease and Health. Int J Biomed Sci. 2008;4(2):89-96.

11) Selmi C, Leung PS, Fischer L, et al. The effects of Spirulina on anemia and immune function in senior citizens. Cell Mol Immunol. 2011;8(3):248-254.

12) Hughes DA. Effects of carotenoids on human immune function. Proc Nutr Soc. 1999;58(3):713-718.

13) Komosinska-Vassev K, Olczyk P, Kazmierczak J, Mencner L, Olczyk K. Bee Pollen: Chemical Composition and Therapeutic Application. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015.

 

 

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Coconut Chia Breakfast Blast

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This quick and easy to make recipe is a great anytime or in between meal snack that will help you fend off mid-day hunger, keep you hydrated, and is full of antioxidants!

This simple recipe only uses 4 main ingredients but it’s a fat burning, energy boosting blast with all the benefits of Chia and Coconut Oil.

Ingredients

 

Directions:
Stir all ingredients in jar or bowl and let sit for 3-4 hours until thick. Garnish with fruit of your choice and enjoy!

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Tropi-cool Pineapple Smoothie

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This icy and refreshing smoothie has a delicious tropical twist! Pineapple, orange juice, lots of ice and Superfood Smoothie Mix make an amazing combination to beat the heat.

Ingredients:

Directions:
Blend all ingredients, leave as chunky/icy as you prefer and enjoy!

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Coconut Spring Rolls with Ginger Peanut Sauce

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You just can’t go wrong with mango coconut wraps and ginger peanut sauce. Toss in a little quinoa for substance and protein, veggies for color and crunch, avocado for healthy fat, and fresh herbs for flavor, and you’ve got a gourmet meal in minutes! 

Makes 4 wraps

 

Ginger Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Jungle Peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce 
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Palm Sugar
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 3 Tbsp water

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.

 

Spring Rolls

Ingredients:

  • 4 Coconut Wraps
  • 1/2 cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 carrot, shredded
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 mango, sliced
  • 1 package microgreens or sprouts of choice
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup cilantro

 

 

Directions:
Bring quinoa and water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until liquid is fully absorbed. Allow to cool. Place all ingredients on coconut wrap. Spread a few dollops of ginger peanut sauce on top,  roll up diagonally and enjoy!

 

 

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Black Bean Quinoa Burger

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Nothing beats a (veggie) burger with all the fixins on a hot summer day. The problem is that store bought ones tend to have additives and preservatives and a lot of the homemade ones seem to fall apart. Finally, a healthy, whole food veggie burger that tastes amazing and actually holds its form. Loaded with quinoa, beans, almonds, veggies, herbs and spices, it’s delicious and good for you. Watch out; you might come back for seconds!

Makes 10-11 patties

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 clove garlic 
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp marjoram
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 – 15oz can of beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cremini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green onion, finely diced
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/3 cup whole oat flour (you can blend dry rolled oats and make your own!)
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds (Toss Sunfood Almonds in a coffee grinder and presto!)
  • 1 flax egg (1 Tbsp flax meal + 3 Tbsp water)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt, or to taste
  • Botija Olive Oil, to grease baking pan

 

Directions:
Create flax mixture and set aside. Bring quinoa, thyme, oregano, marjoram and water to a boil. Lower heat and simmer until liquid is fully absorbed. While the quinoa is cooking, mash half the beans for texture and chop veggies.

When the quinoa is done, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix beans, garlic, onion, pepper, mushrooms, lemon juice and mustard into the cooked quinoa. Then mix in flour, ground almonds, and flax meal.

Lastly mix in the smoked paprika and salt to taste. Scoop  and form into patties on a pan lightly coated with olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, remove and flip the burgers. Return to oven and bake for 10 more minutes. Add to buns of choice with your favorite burger fixins. Enjoy!

 

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Spicy Veggie Wraps


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Looking for add a little heat to your meal? This vegan wrap is full of crisp vegetables drizzled with a Sriracha-yoghurt dressing for that perfect spicy kick! 

These light yet refreshing easy to make wraps make for a perfect light lunch or snack!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Coconut Wraps
  • 1 organic avocado, cut in small cubes
  • 1 small organic tomato, chopped in wedges
  • 1 cup (75g) shredded lettuce (or cabbage slaw)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed juice from lemon
  • 1/4 English cucumber, skinned and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons plain Greek Yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • 8 Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 4 fresh coriander/cilantro sprigs, loosely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 tsp. black sesame seeds for garnishing (optional)
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste

 

Method:
1. In a small bowl, add the Greek yoghurt, Sriracha, and Stevia packet. Blend with a spoon until combined. Add the 1 tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice to the yoghurt mix, stirring vigorously until combined. Set aside.

2. In a separate bowl, add shredded lettuce, Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomatoes, and fresh cracked pepper. Using tongs, toss the lettuce mix, adding in the 1 tablespoon pickle juice.

3. Place one coconut wrap on a plate, and add half of the salad mix to the middle of the wrap. Then, add half of the avocado cubes, and half of the fresh coriander sprigs. Generously drizzle the Sriracha-yoghurt mix atop the salad in the wrap, and garnish with sesame seeds.

4. Carefully roll the coconut wrap at an angle, from one end to the other, enclosing the contents of the wrap. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make another wrap, and enjoy!
Craving even more spice? Add jalapeño slices to your salad mix.
Original recipe by FASHION TALES BLOG

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Almond Flax Nice Cream Sandwich

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This recipe comes from our friend Kate, you can find more of her creations on Instagram @adore.avocados.

This is a healthy, but most importantly delicious treat that’s super easy to make! With healthy fats from almonds and omegas from flax seeds, you’ll never feel guilty about eating this ice cream sandwich!

Almond Flax Cookie

Ingredients:


Directions:

1. Pre-heat oven to 350* and line a small baking sheet with parchment (*use a dehydrator to keep this recipe RAW*)

2. Mix oats, almonds, and flax together in a small bowl until well combined

3. Add nut butter and honey, mix until a dough is formed

4. Roll dough into two small balls and flatten onto baking sheet, making a circular shape.

5. Bake for 10-11 minutes

 

Basic Nice Cream

Ingredients:


Directions:

Prep: Cut two peeled bananas into fourths and freeze at least two hours (preferably overnight). Place frozen bananas in high speed blender and mix until smooth.

 

Assembly

Make sure cookies are completely cooled. Using ice cream scoop, sandwich one scoop of nice cream in between two cookies. Enjoy!

 

 

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Ten Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Morning

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Ten Reasons You Should Drink Lemon Water Every Morning

 

There’s no better time than first thing in the morning to flush out your body and boost your energy. Think about it: After sleeping for eight hours (hopefully), your stomach is empty and your cells are dehydrated. Lemon juice charges a plain glass of water with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and trace elements which are better absorbed before you eat breakfast.

This one change to your routine can lead to increased immunity, improved digestion, weight loss, radiant skin and more.

 

1. Aid Digestion

Of course hydration is crucial for proper digestion. But adding lemon to your water goes a step further because the atomic structure of lemon juice is actually similar to digestive juices. This stimulates your liver into producing bile, which breaks down food and aids in digestion.

 

2. Lose Weight

Naturally if you’re digesting your food better, it will move through your system more efficiently instead of getting stuck in your system, so to speak. But lemons also contain a polysaccharide known as pectin, which is an appetite suppressant that makes you feel fuller longer.

 

3. Boost Vitamin C

Lemon juice is packed with vitamin C, which is vital for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body, from wound healing to maintenance of bones and teeth. Since you can’t make it on your own, it must be obtained through food.

 

4. Support Immunity

Vitamin C is also an antioxidant which fights free radicals that damage cells and tissues. This helps the immune system fight off illness. Additionally, vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells which are essential for the functioning of your immune system.

 

5. Detox

Vitamin C strikes again. Its antiseptic properties stimulate the liver in removing toxins. As mentioned earlier, lemon juice signals the liver to produce more bile and digest more efficiently – this will also have a cleansing effect. Lastly, lemon is a mild diuretic and will help flush toxins out through the urinary tract.

 

6. Alkalize

Research has proven that disease cannot survive in alkaline environments. You may have heard that citrus is acidic, but this is only partly true. Once it leaves your mouth and enters the digestive system, it can actually raise the pH of your body.

 

7. Reduce Inflammation

Acidity can cause inflammation and inflammation leads to disease. The alkalizing effect of lemon can therefore help to reduce inflammation. And once again, the antioxidative power of vitamin C to fight free radicals that damage cells and tissue also leads to fewer signals for inflammation.

 

8. Energize

Instead of coffee in the morning, you may find that the invigorating scent and taste of lemon will jumpstart your day, not to mention the nutritional boost.

 

9. Enhance Mood

Lemons contain potassium, the deficiency of which has been linked to anxiety and depression. Even just the scent has been used in aromatherapy to lift mood.

 

10. Rejuvenate Skin

Lemon water can help clear skin because vitamin C is known to help the body produce collagen. It also helps to fight free radicals and flush out toxins that ruin skin.

 

OK…Now How to Do It?

It’s easy and inexpensive to make this one change in your morning routine! Just squeeze half a lemon in 16 ounces of warm or room temp water. Not hot water because you don’t want to kill the nutrients, and not cold water because it may be a shock to your system. Drink 15-30 minutes before you eat breakfast for optimal absorption and peak health!

 

Now give it a BOOST!

Super-boost your lemon water with a teaspoon of Sun is Shining Supergreens for a really incredible morning routine. Supergreens contains 19 green superfoods, and it adds 158% vitamin B12, 123% vitamin A, iron, B2, calcium and loads of other nutrients to your morning lemon water.

Supergreens also contains probiotics and enzymes to support digestion and gut health. You will feel alkalized and energized while boosting immunity… Try adding Supergreens to your daily routine and feel the amazing difference!

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The Power of Fermentation: What Sauerkraut Can Do for You

The Power of Fermentation: What Sauerkraut Can Do for You

 

Cabbage to the Next Level

Not many people would argue that cabbage is a healthful food. It’s loaded with minerals like potassium which helps maintain normal blood pressure, as well as calcium and magnesium which support bone health.

Cabbage also contains the vital antioxidant vitamin C which is known to contribute to healthy immunity. Sailors actually took sauerkraut, or fermented cabbage, on long voyages to counteract scurvy.1 Sure, this might be due to its favorable shelf stability, or perhaps it’s because when cabbage is fermented, the health benefits increase exponentially.

This is due to the power of probiotics. This friendly gut flora affects your health in more ways than you may realize.

Digestion

Need help digesting your meals? Fermented foods like sauerkraut have been found to deliver probiotics to the gastrointestinal system.1 This has been reported to lead to better digestion and less constipation.1

Immunity

Did you know that your intestines contain more immune cells than the entire rest of your body?2 In other words, gut health is essential for your body to fight disease. Researchers are currently investigating how dysfunctional gut health may even lead to common killers in America such as heart disease and diabetes.2

Anti-Cancer

With the billions of dollars being poured into cancer research as a whole, focusing on prevention couldn’t be any simpler than eating a bit of sauerkraut every day. Recent research has shown that sauerkraut grown in low sodium conditions has “highly beneficial antioxidant and anticarcinogenic compounds.”3

Make Your Own

Kraut in a can has been cooked and processed to the point that there is likely not a single bit of friendly flora surviving inside. Luckily it’s easy on you and your wallet to make homemade sauerkraut.

If you have cabbage, salt, water, a jar to put it in, and some patience to allow the fermentation process to kick in, then you can make your own sauerkraut. Here’s a simple recipe!

http://www.sunfood.com/blog/recipes/cheeses-dips-sides/saras-homemade-sauerkraut/


Other ways to add Probiotics & Enzymes to your diet

Included in our Sun is Shining Supergreens are both an enzyme complex and a probiotic complex. Not only are you getting your daily green superfoods, but you’re also supporting a healthy gut and aiding digestion.

Our Beauty Enzymes contain a proprietary blend of many different digestive enzymes to help ease digestive issues. The enzymes work in a wide pH range, for many different food types to help reduce gas, bloating, and to help your body absorb nutrients.

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Sources:

1 – “Regular Consumption of Sauerkraut and Its Effect on Human Health: A Bibliometric Analysis.” Christa Raak. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2014 Nov; 3(6): 12–18.

2 – “Gut microbes closely linked to proper immune function, other health issues.” Science News, Oregon State University, September 16, 2013.

3 – “Chemical evaluation and sensory quality of sauerkrauts obtained by natural and induced fermentations at different NaCl levels from Brassica oleracea Var. capitata Cv. Bronco grown in eastern Spain. Effect of storage.” Peñas E. Journal of Agricultrural and Food Chemistry, 2010 Mar 24;58(6):3549-57.

 


 

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A Single Change to Drastically Improve Your Health in 10 Days

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A Single Change to Drastically Improve Your Health in 10 Days

 

What if there was one thing you could do to lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, improve liver function and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes – in just 10 days?

And you could still eat potato chips and pizza?

All you’d have to do it cut out added sugar. Not fruit, just the added sugar in processed foods.

 

A Groundbreaking Study Revealed..

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco recently discovered that when 43 obese children were given a 10-day diet that was completely free of added sugar, their health drastically improved.1 Blood pressure and LDL cholesterol dropped. Fasting blood glucose and insulin levels decreased. Liver function tests improved.

The results were striking and immediate in indicating that simply cutting sugar can reverse metabolic disease in children.

Kids still ate many of the fun foods they’re used to and the same caloric intake – just no sweetened cereals, yogurts and pastries. Nothing sweet except fruit.

Virtually every aspect of metabolic health improved without a change in weight.

“This study demonstrates that ‘a calorie is not a calorie,’ said lead author Robert Lustig, MD, MSL, pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. “Where those calories come from determines where in the body they go. Sugar calories are the worst, because they turn to fat in the liver, driving insulin resistance, and driving risk for diabetes, heart, and liver disease. This has enormous implications for the food industry, chronic disease, and health care costs.”

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About Those Low-Calorie, Low-Fat Foods…

The food industry spends big money to convince you that these “diet” foods are a healthy choice. The problem? The added sugar is literally poison in your system.

Forget about counting calories and start reading ingredients. Focus on whole foods without the added sugar.

There’s a reason that the Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that no more than 10% of the calories we consume in an average 2,000 calorie a day diet come from added sugars. That’s approximately 12 grams of sugar and one can of soda is about 85% of that. If you then consider all the fruit juices, cereals, pastries and condiments, you see how easy it is to go well beyond the recommended maximum.

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It’s an Addiction

The form of sugar typically found in processed foods is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This stuff has been getting a bad rap in recent years, leading the food industry to unsuccessfully campaign to rename it “corn sugar.” Now they’re calling an even sweeter version of it “fructose” in an attempt to steer clear of the notorious original name.

They’re running from the science which revealed that HFCS can cause chemical, behavioral and neurobiological reactions similar to those produced by addictive drugs such as cocaine.2

The study’s lead author, Dr. Francesco Leri, concluded that “addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic.”

 

How to Quit

It’s simply a matter of doing something similar to what those 43 kids in the study did. Cut out added sugar.

 

Easier said than done, we know. Start by:

 1. Choosing more whole foods and less processed stuff.

 2. Add a bit less sugar to your coffee each day.

 3. Eat more fruit.

 4. Cut out one thing a week and start with soda!

5. Try a natural, lower glycemic sugar like Coconut Palm Sugar! It is made by evaporating coconut sap from the tropical palm flowers. Farmers gently cut the buds and collect the sweet nectar using traditional methods, then the syrup is kettle-warmed, dehydrated, and ground into crystals to make a delicious sweetener. Coconut palm sugar has a full, unique, delightful caramel taste and dissolves easily in liquids. 

 

Remember that over time, your palate can and will change. Someday the foods and drinks you love now may actually reveal themselves to be what they truly are: sickeningly sweet.

 

1 – “Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome.” Robert H. Lustig. Obesity: A Research Journal, Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 453–460, February 2016.

2 – “Addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic, research suggests.” Canadian Association for Neuroscience. Francesco Leri, ScienceDaily, 22 May 2013.


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Super Chocolate Nice Cream

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Is it breaking the rules to turn a smoothie into a decadent dessert? We don’t think so. This frozen treat contains our Superfood Smoothie Mix, bananas, cashews and a boost of cacao so it’s actually quite healthy! Sssh, don’t tell anyone!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Top with fresh fruits and cacao nibs if you desire. Enjoy!

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Supergreen Pesto Kelp Noodles

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If you’re ready to go beyond green smoothies to get your greens, then look no further than this creamy, savory pesto sauce. It’s a simple, creative way to get your greens using our Sun Is Shining. Truth be told, you can’t even tell it’s in there! Serve it up with our kelp noodles and you’ve got dinner in 10 minutes!

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

1 cup Cashews
1 bunch basil
1-2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Sun Is Shining Supergreens
1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
3/4 cup water
1 package Gold Mine Kelp Noodles
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked for 20 minutes (optional for garnish)

 

Directions:

Rinse and drain the kelp noodles and set aside.

Blend cashews, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, Sun Is Shining and salt, and water in a high speed blender until you get a creamy consistency. Add more water if needed.

Mix the pesto with the noodles and allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften.

Garnish with chopped sun dried tomatoes. Enjoy!

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Purple Power Pops

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Who needs store bought popsicles with added sugar? Homemade is so much better; it’s healthier, tastier, and guess what… it’s so easy! These fruity popsicles have a purple blast of superfood power in the form of the Chilean maqui berry. With just five ingredients, they’re a simple and delicious way to cool off on a hot summer day.  

Makes ~6 popsicles

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds or if you don’t have any, you can make your own with plastic cups or an ice cube tray and wooden popsicle sticks. Freeze 4-6 hours. Run molds under warm water for about a minute to remove popsicles. Enjoy!

 

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Choco Green Smoothie Bites

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Get your greens with these tasty little superfood bites! Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein, they’re super quick to prepare and super yummy. Keep them chilled for a cold treat on a hot day!

Makes ~16 balls

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Directions:

In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the Superfood Smoothie Mix, oats, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, cacao powder, Sun Is Shining, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the melted cacao butter, almond butter and yacon syrup. Then mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Add water slowly, 1 Tbsp at a time, until you have a moist consistency. Scoop 1 teaspoon at a time and roll into balls. Coat in shredded coconut, or dust in cinnamon if desired. Refrigerate and enjoy!

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Chocolate Superfood Pudding

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This pudding is the ultimate decadence with a superfood twist! It seems like a sinful chocolate pudding but it’s charged with our nutritious Superfood Smoothie Mix while avocado, banana and almond butter make it smooth and creamy. So grab a spoon and leave the guilt behind!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high till creamy. Refrigerate to chill or enjoy right away!

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Super Green Nice Cream

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Greens don’t have to taste bad and this recipe is here to prove it! This delicate ice cream has creamy cinnamon vanilla sweetness with floral undertones. Even though our Sun Is Shining is in there, you wouldn’t know it were it not for the color. We dare you to make this for someone who doesn’t like greens; this could very well change their minds!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Top with shredded coconut, cashews, or fresh fruit if you desire. Enjoy!

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New Research: Why Take Dangerous Statin Drugs When You Can Eat Four Of These Nuts, Once a Month Instead?

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New Research: Why Take Dangerous Statin Drugs When You Can Eat Four Of These Nuts, Once a Month Instead?

 

One of the craziest studies I read all year involved feeding people a single serving of Brazil nuts to see what it would do to the cholesterol levels of healthy volunteers. They gave ten men and women a single meal containing zero, one, four, or eight Brazil nuts, and found that the ingestion of just that single serving almost immediately improved cholesterol levels. LDL, so-called “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood, was significantly lower starting just nine hours after the ingestion of nuts, and by no insignificant amount, nearly 20 points within a day. Even drugs don’t work that fast. It takes statins around four days to have a significant effect.

But that’s not even the crazy part.

The researchers went back and measured their cholesterol five days later, and then 30 days later. Now, keep in mind they weren’t eating Brazil nuts this whole time. They just had that single serving of Brazil nuts a month before and their cholesterol was still down 30 days later. It went down and stayed down, after eating just four nuts… That’s nuts!

And no, the study was not funded by the Brazil nut industry.

shop-now-product-brazil-nutsInterestingly, four nuts actually seemed to work faster than the eight nuts to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. These results suggest that eating just four nuts might be enough to improve the levels of LDL and HDL for up to 30 days, and maybe longer—they didn’t test past 30.

Now normally, when a study comes out in the medical literature showing some too-good-to-be-true result like this, you want to wait to see the results replicated before you change your clinical practice, before you recommend something to your patients, particularly when the study is done on only ten people, and especially when the findings are literally just too incredible to be believed. But when the intervention is cheap, easy, harmless, and healthy—eating four Brazil nuts a month—then, in my opinion, the burden of proof is kind of reversed. I think the reasonable default position is to do it until proven otherwise.

They concluded a single serving was sufficient “without producing liver and kidney toxicity.” What they’re referring to is the high selenium content of Brazil nuts—so high that four eaten every day may actually bump us up against the tolerable daily limit for selenium, but not something we have to worry about if we’re just eating four once a month.

I’d be curious to hear if anyone experiences similar results. Even if the study was just a fluke, Nuts May Help Prevent Death by improving the function of our arteries (Walnuts and Artery Function) and fighting cancer (Which Nut Fights Cancer?) and inflammation (Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell).

Even eating nuts every day does not appear to result in expected weight gain (Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence), so enjoy!

 


Original article from expand-your-consciousness.com

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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