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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

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  • 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

shop-now-product-quinoaIngredients:

  • 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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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.

 


 

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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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.

Interestingly, 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

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5 Soy-Free Vegan Foods That Have More Protein Than Beef

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5 Soy-Free Vegan Foods That Have More Protein Than Beef

 

Protein gets a lot of attention, especially in a plant-based diet where the issue of complete and incomplete protein comes into play, along with protein per amount of weight, which is something else to consider. For instance, we don’t need to combine foods as we once thought to form a complete protein (such as beans and rice). That protein myth died years ago, thankfully when we found out our bodies are capable of using all sources of amino acids to form complete proteins.

Not Just Grams…What to Consider When Measuring Protein

It’s also important to consider that amounts in grams aren’t the only thing that matters when measuring protein in a food. You should also consider how much percentage of total calories protein makes up in a food. For instance, beef and animal foods are high in calories and though they contain a good size amount of protein, per amount of calories, beef and animal proteins (even fish) are higher in cholesterol-forming saturated animal fats, where most of their calories come from. Plant-based foods on the other hand, have fewer calories, a variety of sources of amino acids that form complete proteins in the body, and per weight, their percentage of protein in the amount of total calories is relatively high.

Some plant-based foods are higher in protein percentage than others, however, so making sure to include a variety of plant-based foods in your diet is important for achieving the amount of protein your body needs. Beef contains 7 grams of protein per ounce for about 75 calories, so let’s compare some better plant-based options that don’t come with the health risks beef and animal proteins do.

Here are five foods with more protein per ounce than beef that also come with a higher percentage of protein per amount of calories:

 

1. Spirulina

 

Per ounce, this food is 65 percent protein, the highest amount of protein percentage of all foods. In just 1 teaspoon, you’ll get 4 grams of protein, which is unheard of for all other foods. Spirulina is also a great source of iron, providing 80 percent of your daily needs in just 1 teaspoon, for only a total of 30 calories. You can add this blue green algae to your smoothies to mask the taste, and know you’re getting in a nice dose of B vitamins, protein, iron, and vital trace minerals. Since it’s also alkalizing, spirulina also reduces inflammation, unlike animal foods that contribute to it.

 

2. Spinach

 

Spinach contains 51 percent protein (about 5 grams per cup for only 30 calories). It’s also a good source of iron and Vitamin C, and offers a delicious taste that is easy to enjoy. This much-loved green is also a great source of folate, an important vitamin for women that contributes to strength, brain function, and reproductive health. Adding a couple cups of spinach to your smoothie, salad, wrap, soup, or any other way, is an easy way to sneak in 10 grams of protein without the need for a powder whatsoever.

 

3. Hemp Seeds

 

Hemp is one of the best, easy-to-use foods that’s rich in all essential amino acids. Per ounce (about 2 tablespoons) has 10 grams of protein, is high in fiber, and most of its calories come from beneficial proteins and omega 3 fatty acids, along with some lesser-known beneficial omega 6 fatty acids that actually lower cholesterol. Unlike animal-based proteins and sources of fat, hemp is very alkalizing to the body and also boosts the mood and energy thanks to high amounts of magnesium. It can also increase metabolism due to it containing 45 percent of your daily iron requirements in just one ounce. You can also use hemp protein, another fantastic way to get this whole food into your diet. We enjoy it in smoothies, raw treats, but you can even stir it into oatmeal and bake with it in place of flour if you like.

 

4. Broccoli

 

Per calorie, broccoli has more protein than beef, which about 4.5 grams per 30 calories. Broccoli is also packed with amino acids, fiber, Vitamin B6 to improve your mood and is one of the best vegetables linked to fighting cancer. Red meat has repeatedly been linked to cancer, so give the florets more attention in your kitchen. Here are 12 Yummy Ways to Use Broccoli that will lead your muscles and heart to thank you over and over again!

 

5. Almonds, Almond Butter or Peanut Butter

 

Almonds and almond butter both provide 7 grams per protein in one ounce, along with heart-healthy fats and Vitamin E. They’re also a good source of calcium and provide high doses of beneficial magnesium. Peanut butter is another high source of protein, with 8 grams per two tablespoons of peanut butter. While higher in calories than beef per ounce, these nut butters are rich in amino acids per ounce and also recommended as a good source of plant-based protein, even by the USDA.

Combine all these foods into a smoothie for a crazy, high-protein meal that your body will love and one that will shock you in how great it tastes! You’ll never know it contains good-for-you veggies!

The No Beef Plant-Based Protein Smoothie

Serves:1-2

Ingredients:
•1 cup spinach
•4 frozen broccoli florets (gives it a surprisingly great thick texture and the other ingredients hide the taste)
•1/2 cup frozen organic mixed berries or blueberries
•1 tablespoon cacao powder (also a great source of protein and more iron than beef)
•2-3 tablespoons hemp seeds
•1 tablespoon all natural raw almond butter or plain, all natural peanut butter
•1 cup non-dairy milk like almond milk or water
•5 ice cubes
•sweetener of choice (stevia, 1/2 a banana, a date, a fig, or maple syrup)

Directions: Add all the ingredients to your blender, blend and enjoy!

Don’t Forget…

You can also use other foods high in protein and amino acids such as pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, goji berries, and even oats and quinoa or teff. Remember that plant-based foods have everything we need when we eat a variety of them and be sure to get enough during the day.

What’s your favorite source of plant-based protein?

 


Original article from onegreenplanet.com

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What are the health & nutritional benefits of pomegranate?

 

Six Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Do you feel like your diet is missing something? Have you been trying to lose weight, improve your digestion, or just feel better overall? As someone who struggled with her weight for years before finally finding weight loss methods that work, I want to share with you one of my favorite fruits.

The pomegranate has helped immensely in my weight loss and health improvement journey. There are a wide variety of positives associated with consumption of pomegranate fruit, juice and seeds. I’ve investigated six health benefits of pomegranate below.

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1. Pomegranate Aids In Weight Loss & Management

Pomegranate aids in weight loss for many reasons (source). First and perhaps most important – pomegranate seeds are low in calories. One serving (about 3/4 cup) of seeds has only 83 calories, making them the perfect snack for people who are watching their weight.

Pomegranate seeds are also high in fiber, with one serving boasting 4 grams. Fiber is important for everyone, but especially those focused on weight loss because it will help you feel full longer. This means you will be less likely to overeat.

 

2. Health Benefits For Men

Pomegranate juice can decrease a man’s risk of impotency by helping manage arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is a condition in which blood vessels become blocked, causing many serious health effects including impotence. It is the high level of antioxidants found in pomegranates that helps with arteriosclerosis.

Pomegranates and pomegranate juice can also help treat and prevent prostate cancer. In trials, it has been found that pomegranate juice, because of its high phytochemical content, helps to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent it from metastasizing (source).

 

3. Health Benefits for Women

The pomegranate doesn’t discriminate – it just helps men and women in different ways! Pomegranate juice is very good for pregnant women. It contains important vitamins that expectant mothers need, including niacin, folic acid, potassium, calcium, and vitamin C, as well as iron and fiber (source).

Pomegranate juice can also help pregnant women by reducing cramps and sleep difficulty. It also helps the baby by increasing blood flow, decreasing his or her risk for brain damage.

For women, pomegranate juice prevents estrogen-responsive breast cancer cells from growing. The juice has a phytochemical inhibits aromatase, which is used to create estrogen, which in excess increases your risk of having breast cancer.

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4. Beauty Benefits For Everyone

Pomegranate benefits your biggest external organ – the skin – as much as it does your internal organs. Pomegranate offers all kinds of benefits for the skin and overall appearance, including the following (source):

Regenerate cells

Pomegranate protects the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and dermis (second layer of the skin) by encouraging skin cell regeneration. This aids in the repair of tissues, promotes healing wounds, and encourages circulation to the skin.

Protect from the sun

Consuming pomegranate gives the skin compounds that help protect against free radicas, which in excess, can cause sun damage, cancer and sunburn. The oil from a pomegranate contains the antioxidant ellagic acid which helps inhibit skin tumors, protecting the body from skin cancer.

Slow aging process

Pomegranates slow down the appearance of aging. They help prevent common signs including hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Pomegranate also softens the skin and produces elastin and collagen, creating a more youthful appearance. Your skin will be firmer, smoother, and more youthful.

Help with all skin types

Pomegranate will help you put your best face forward. If your skin is dry, pomegranates can help, which is why their extract is often added to skin care products. Their molecular structure can penetrate deep into most skin types to add extra moisture.

If your skin is oily or combination, pomegranate can sooth acne breakouts while minimizing the scarring that can occur after a breakout.

 

5. Prevent All Kinds Of Illnesses

Pomegranates don’t just provide vitamins for pregnant women. Everybody needs vitamins C and K, and pomegranates provide 17 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 20 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin K (source).

Vitamin C is important for a healthy, functioning immune system, as well as fast wound healing, healthy gums, and the manufacture of collagen and elastin. It also enhances iron absorption. Vitamin K is crucial for strong, healthy bones and proper blood clotting.

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6. Decrease Other Bad Things In The Body

For men and women who are trying to lose weight, it is especially important to make sure you are keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure in check. Pomegranate lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol) (source).

Many overweight men and women also suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) which can lead to a variety of problems, including heart disease, heart attacks, aneurysms, and kidney failure (source). Drinking just 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day can lower blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.

Pomegranate can also decrease the risk for osteoarthritis by preventing cartilage deterioration, and it prevents plaque from building up in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure.

With so many great health benefits of pomegranate, everyone should try to include more in their diet. Some people avoid pomegranates because they are difficult to cut up and serve, but this video shows you how to do it easily:

Get yourself a fresh pomegranate or some pomegranate juice from the grocery store today, and start consuming it regularly. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start to notice improvements in your weight loss and improved health endeavors!


Original article from healthambition.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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Introducing Shilajit Capsules!

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Feel the power of the Himalayas!

We captured the raw power of one of our most potent superfoods and made it even easier to add to your daily routine.

By popular request we bring you the “Conqueror of Mountains”:

Encapsulated Shilajit Extract!

Nothing but pure shilajit in a vegan-friendly capsule… no additives, no gelatin, no preservatives. Just 700mg of raw power in a capsule!

What makes our Shilajit so potent and powerful?

Coming from high in the Himalayan Mountains, our shilajit is on average 40%-60% fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is known for several major health benefits:

 

mineralizationMineralization & Nutrient Absorption

Contains high mineral content and enhances the bioavailability of trace minerals.

This allows us to absorb greater amounts of nutrients more efficiently from all the other foods we eat.

 

 

 

cellularCellular Protection & Adaptogenic Properties

Strong antioxidant activity1 helps deliver minerals and nutrients directly to cells. This helps protect against damage and effects of aging.

Adaptogenic herbs demonstrate a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor, increasing your resistance overall against physical, chemical and biological stressors.

 

brainBrain Health & Mental Clarity

Shilajit is known to be capable of improving cognitive disorders and acting as a stimulant of cognitive activity in humans.2  It is further recognized for its potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.4

Also has been found to mitigate the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.3

 

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Heart Health & Anti-Inflammatory Effect

Proven to produce a significant reduction in LDL [bad] cholesterol, as well as significant improvement in HDL (good) cholesterol.1 Researchers concluded that this suggests cardio protective activity.5

Also found to have significant anti-inflammatory effect pertaining to arthritis.6

 

 

 

The Sunfood Difference

Our Shilajit is extracted from a high elevation in the Himalayan Mountains where there are much less contaminants.It is the safest and most beneficial shilajit in the world, retaining all of its mineral and nutrient content.

Our shilajit is 40%-60% fulvic acid, the main active compound.

 

 

Sources:
1 – “Shilajit: Evaluation of Its Effects on Blood Chemistry of Normal Human Subjects,” SMS Medical College, India, 2003
2 – Cornejo A, Jiménez JM, Caballero L, Melo F, Maccioni RB. Fulvic acid inhibits aggregation and promotes disassembly of tau fibrils associated with Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;27(1):143-53. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2011-110623
3 – “Shilajit attenuates behavioral symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and mitochondrial bioenergetics in rats,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 2012
4 – “Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity,” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 23, 2012.
5 – “Shilajit: Evaluation of Its Effects on Blood Chemistry of Normal Human Subjects,” SMS Medical College, India, 2003.
6 – “Antiulcerogenic and antiinflammatory studies with shilajit,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 1990.

 

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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Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie Bowl

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This amazing recipe comes our friend Marina over at soulintheraw.com.

Looking for something fruity, chocolately, and naturally sweet? Then try this quick and easy to make superfood boosted smoothie bowl! Made with Maca Powder – an adaptogen that helps with hormone balance and increasing energy – along with Carob Powder – an amazing chocolate substitute that is naturally sweet, high in fiber, and a great source of calcium. This superfood smoothie bowl will really satisfy any chocolate craving and is great for any time of the day!

Ingredients:

  • shop-now-recipe-page-img1 tablespoon maca (start with less if you are just beginning to use maca)

  • 2 medium frozen bananas

  • 1.5 cups frozen cherries

  • 5 Medjoul dates

  • 1 tablespoon raw carob powder

  • 1 tablespoon acai powder

 

Directions:

  • Freeze your peeled bananas when they are completely ripe and have black spots on them.

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, and top with your favorite toppings like goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and freeze dried fruit.
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The Love Smoothie Bowl

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This amazing recipe comes our friend Marina over at soulintheraw.com.

Get in the mood with The love smoothie bowl! This wonderfully sweet bowl, featuring Maca Powder, will help balance out your hormones and boost libido in both men and women!

shop-now-recipe-page-imgIngredients:

  • 2 cups chopped non-GMO papaya
  • 7 medium organic strawberries
  • 4 medium frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Maca Powder (start with less if you are just beginning to use maca)

 

Directions:

  • Freeze your peeled bananas when they are completest ripe and have black spots on them.
  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, and top with your favorite toppings like goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and freeze dried fruit.
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Hormonal Imbalances and the Power of the Maca Root

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Marina Yanay-Triner of Soul in the Raw is a certified health and nutrition coach. She specializes in raw veganism, and coaches one on one as well as teaches raw vegan classes in San Diego. Her goal is to show people how easy raw veganism can be, and how fun and creative it is to add more raw foods to their lifestyles. She began her raw vegan journey as a result of a powerful healing story in her family, and discovered her own body and a new connection to herself in the process. Click here for instant access to Marina’s free guide + recipes: 10 Foods we should eat Every Single Day.

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Hormonal Imbalances and the Power of the Maca Root

I was driving from work one day, and had trouble breathing from the pain. My cramps were out of control. I forgot to take my Ibuprofen with me, the Ibuprofen that I used to take 10 pills of in 1 day every first day of my period.

The pain was mind-blowing, so I stopped the car along the side of a busy road with the intention of resting for a minute on the curb to avoid a car accident.

As soon as I unbuckled my seat belt, I passed out straight onto one of the lanes of this busy road. I woke up bleeding, with a woman standing over me screaming, “are you ok?”

ambulanceI was confused, and the next thing I saw was the ambulance, as I was throwing up on the side of the road and telling them, “It’s just my period, that is how it is every month”. They couldn’t believe it.

In this article, I want to talk about sneaky symptoms that we may have in our bodies, like painful periods, headaches, skin issues, thinning hair, migraines, and so much more, and where they come from.

If you have some physical or emotional issues that are mysterious and unexplained, stay tuned, because this might be the guide for you.

I will tell you my story of hormonal imbalance, explain the differences between symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women and men, and show you how Maca can be a safe and effective way to guide your body to balance.

I will then share two of my favorite and most delicious Maca recipes with you, so you can start incorporating it right now!

My Story

painkillerEvery single month since I was 15 years old, for 1 day, I was disabled.

I had to keep the Ibuprofen with me at all times, especially since that almost fatal incident I just told you about. Before 15, my periods were calm, unnoticeable even. They came and went.

When I changed my diet to raw veganism, my symptoms greatly improved, but they did not go away.

It was so depressing to me, because I believed I was doing everything I could to achieve better health, but better health was not coming.

It took me many years to research and understand the causes. This painful period made me take countless days off of work and lay in bed in agony.

I always had an intuition that certain events in my life, occurring right around 15, were impacting this.

When I was 15 years old, my life changed drastically. I was raped. A few years later, I went to get help, and found out that I am suffering from PTSD.

I had no clue what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was, but when I learned about it, I was ecstatic – I finally understood myself and my behaviors, and realized that seemingly strange thoughts and behaviors of mine were happening for a reason.

It’s amazing how so many parts of our body are connected – the emotional and physical walk hand in hand, and in this case, my hormones were intimately connected to the events that made me go to war with being a woman.

Emotional trauma snuck its way into physical imbalance, and my female hormones were out of whack due to PTSD.

hormone-imbalancesMany studies have confirmed that there is a connection between hormonal imbalance and PTSD. During a thermography screening, I was told that I had too much estrogen in my body.

I remembered that, but didn’t pay much attention. Until I started reading and analyzing, making the clear connection between PTSD, my estrogen levels, and my horrible cramps.

You must be frustrated with me right now. Perhaps you are suffering from cramps, or other symptoms that are confusing to you, mysterious even.

Well, don’t lose hope just yet, because I am about to tell you some facts and solutions that you can try to feel balanced, back to yourself again!

What are Hormonal Imbalances

Many women and men suffer from hormonal imbalance, so much so that we are not even aware of what our bodies feel like when we are balanced.

We might think of hormonal issues as they relate to aging, but perhaps many of us are not aware that hormonal imbalances can happen at any age.

The average age for hormonal imbalances is 35 for both women and men.

depressionHormones are chemical messengers produced by the endocrine system. They impact nearly every function in the body, such as metabolism, appetite, sleep, cell growth and repair, fertility and reproduction, as well as emotional health and more.

Hormone imbalance can cause symptoms that effect a person’s emotional and physical health, and they differ slightly between the sexes.

The onset of these is driven by poor diet and lack of exercise, and progress and worsen over time. Because hormonal imbalance sets in gradually, it is very hard to tell it’s there from the onset.

Symptom Differences Between the Sexes

crampsWomen who suffer from hormonal imbalances can experience symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, PMS and irregular periods, headaches and migraines, emotional instability, irritability, depression, and anxiety.

They can also experience things like forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, feeling lightheaded, random weight gain, insomnia, fatigue, pain and stiffness in the joints, heart palpitations and abdominal bloating.

They can get oily skin and acne, or very dry and flaky skin, hair thinning or increased growth of hair, virginal dryness or pain during intercourse.

Men may experience decline in sex drive and difficulty achieving an erection, loss of muscle, endurance and energy, weight gain in the abdomen, depression, trouble concentrating, and lowered self-confidence.

Symptoms also include irritability, anger, high blood pressure and cholesterol, joint pain and stiffness, sleep apnea, insomnia, and hair loss and urinary issues.

As you can see, these symptoms cover almost every single bodily function simply because hormones impact almost all of our bodily functions.

These symptoms and many more also lead to clinical conditions like allergies, cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart disease, and more.

Testing for Hormonal Imbalance

consult-your-doctorTesting for hormonal imbalance can be done by your doctor, or using functional diagnostics like the Adrenal Stress Index, hormone panels, sensitivity testing (to see whether you are sensitive or allergic to certain foods), and blood panels.

As you can see, testing for hormonal imbalance must be very comprehensive and include many facets of your physical and emotional health.

There are also wonderful starter tools online, where you can complete a quiz to see whether your hormones are balanced or not, though you should not rely on these for definitive answers, but only as starting points to understand your body better. An example of such a test can be found here.

Restoring Hormonal Balance

With proper treatment and the help of some incredible superfoods, hormonal imbalances could be corrected.

There are many supplements and herbs that can be taken to restore hormones, and of course each person’s unique physiology will be positively impacted by a different herb.

2261---Maca-Powder-8oz,-v4.2-smallBut here, I want to address a superfood that worked for me in restoring my hormonal balance.

It has made a difference in my internal feeling of calmness, and in the pain I have experienced during my periods. And that superfood is Maca.

Now of course, taking Maca without changing your lifestyle, exercise, and outlook on life will probably not accomplish what you are looking for. Start by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based and high raw vegan diet.

Exercise and move in a way that makes you feel good and happy inside. And do everything you can to be happy, calm, and positive.

I have used Louise Hay’s meditations to bring peace into my heart (you can find those on YouTube). We are all unique, and each of us should try a different method to feel more at peace.

Regardless of what you choose, healing your mind and emotions is critical for healing hormonal issues and of course, PTSD, if this is also something you are dealing with like me.

The Health Benefits of Maca

Maca is a perfect superfood to add to your regimen, because unlike prescription drugs, it does not have side effects.

Maca is a cruciferous root vegetable from the Andes Highlands in Peru, and is in the same family as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. It is nicknamed the Peruvian ginseng.

Like other supplements, Maca can be taken in small amounts for a prolonged period of time to truly feel its healing capacities.

Start by taking ½ teaspoon per day, and transition to a daily dose of 1 daily tablespoon, rotating between a few days on and then a few days off.

Here are a couple easy-to-make recipes:
The Love Smoothie Bowl
Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie bowl

Maca’s unique earthy taste feels very nourishing and grounding to me, and goes very well in sweet raw vegan treats, smoothies, and desserts. It is perfect in raw vegan dishes because it loses its benefits when overheated.

maca-rootsMaca is rich in the vitamins B, C, and E, and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, as well as protein.

It is very important to note that just 1 tablespoon of Maca powder contains 54.5 mg of Lysine (while the RDA is about 40mg per kg, depending on age), an amino acids that is often missing in many vegan diets.

It increases energy and stamina, and is taken by many endurance athletes for increased performance.

It is great for promoting sexual function in men and women, boosting libido, increasing endurance, and of course, balancing your hormones and increasing fertility.

Maca is also said to relieve menstrual issues like cramps, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, depression related to menstruation and menopause.

A 2008 study in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society found that taking maca relieved symptoms of anxiety, depression, and sexual dysfunction.

Another study published in the Internal Journal of Andrology in 2000 found that maca had a significant impact on subjective perception of general and sexual wellbeing in adult male patients with mild erectile dysfunction.

Maca also restores red blood cells, aiding in anemia and heart disease, keeps your bones and teeth healthy, and promotes quick healing from wounds. It also helps increase muscle mass.

Many also say it helps with acne and blemishes, and helps the skin deal with extreme temperatures better.

Dr. Hugo Malaspina, a cardiologist practicing complementary medicine in Lima, Peru, explains that what makes maca so effective is its ability to encourage the ovaries and other glands to produce hormones, rather than introducing hormones from outside the body.

Maca is wonderful for dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and mood swings, something which I have personally experienced.

If you have cancer related to hormones or high blood pressure, it is important that you ask your doctor before taking maca. Be sure to avoid taking Maca if you are pregnant or lactating.

 

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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