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Skinny Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Maple Pecan Topping

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This amazing recipe comes from our friend Jessica at Jessica in the Kitchen. She is a passionate blogger who looks to share vegetarian and vegan recipes that are simple & healthy!

Prep time: 10mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients:
Maple Pecan Topping

  • 3 tablespoon maple syrup (or substitute Yacon Syrup)
  • 6 tablespoons Almond flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon melted vegan butter
  • 3/4 cup Pecans, coarsely chopped

 

Sweet Potato Casserole

  • 3.3 pounds sweet potato, peeled and cut into one inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup (or substitute Yacon Syrup)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (Make-at-home almond milk recipe)
  • 6 tablespoons Coconut Oil 
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt

 

Directions:
Maple Pecan Topping

  • While sweet potato is boiling or right before, mix all the ingredients for the maple pecan topping together and set aside until needed

 

Casserole

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a casserole dish. Set aside.
  • In a four quart pot of boiling water, boil the sweet potato for 20 mins until fork soft.
  • When the sweet potato is finish boiling, drain and mash. Add the rest of the ingredients and using the potato masher, mix all the ingredients together untol they are incorporated, about 2 minutes of mashing.
  • Spoon sweet potato mix into the casserole dish and top with the Maple Pecan topping.
  • Bake for 30 minutes (check that nuts don’t burn – if they are browining too quickly cover with foil) then remove from oven. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and then serve.

 

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11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa

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11 Proven Health Benefits of Quinoa

 

Quinoa is the world’s most popular “superfood.”

It is loaded with protein, fiber and minerals, but doesn’t contain any gluten.

Here are 11 proven health benefits of quinoa.

1. Quinoa is Incredibly Nutritious

Quinoa is a grain crop that is grown for its edible seeds. It is pronounced KEEN-wah.

It technically isn’t a cereal grain, but a pseudo-cereal (1).

In other words, it is basically a “seed” which is prepared and eaten similarly to a grain.

Quinoa was an important crop for the Inca Empire back in the day. They referred to it as the “mother of all grains” and believed it to be sacred.

It has been consumed for thousands of years in South America, although it only became trendy and reached “superfood status” a few years ago.

These days, you can find Quinoa and products made with it all over the world… especially in health food stores and restaurants that emphasize natural foods.

There are three main types of quinoa… white, red and black.

This is what they look like:

Quinoa – Red, White and Black

Here is the nutrient breakdown for 1 cup of cooked quinoa, or 185 grams (2):
•Protein: 8 grams.
•Fiber: 5 grams.
•Manganese: 58% of the RDA.
•Magnesium: 30% of the RDA.
•Phosphorus: 28% of the RDA.
•Folate: 19% of the RDA.
•Copper: 18% of the RDA.
•Iron: 15% of the RDA.
•Zinc: 13% of the RDA.
•Potassium: 9% of the RDA.
•Over 10% of the RDA for Vitamins B1, B2 and B6.
•Small amounts of Calcium, B3 (Niacin) and Vitamin E.

This is coming with a total of 222 calories, with 39 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fat. It also contains a small amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Quinoa is non-GMO, Gluten Free and usually grown organically. Even though not technically a grain, it still counts as a “whole grain” food.

NASA scientists have been looking at it as a suitable crop to be grown in outer space, mostly based on its high nutrient content, ease of use and how easy it is to grow (3).

The year 2013 was actually called “The International Year of Quinoa” by the United Nations (UN), based on its high nutrient value and potential to contribute to food security worldwide (4).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is an edible seed that has become very trendy among health conscious people. It is loaded with many important nutrients.


 

2. Quinoa Contains Potent Bioactive Substances Called Quercetin and Kaempferol

The health effects of real foods go way beyond the vitamins and minerals we’re all familiar with.

There are thousands of trace nutrients in there… and some of them are extremely healthy.

This includes interesting molecules called flavonoids, which are plant antioxidants that have been shown to have all sorts of beneficial effects on health.

Two flavonoids that have been particularly well studied are Quercetin and Kaempferol… and they happen to be found in large amounts in Quinoa (5).

In fact, the quercetin content of quinoa is even higher than typical high-quercetin foods like cranberries (6).

These important molecules have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer and anti-depressant effects… at least in animal studies (7, 8, 9, 10).

By including quinoa in your diet, you will significantly increase your total intake of these (and other) important nutrients.

Bottom Line: Quinoa contains large amounts of flavonoids, including Quercetin and Kaempferol. These are potent plant antioxidants with numerous health benefits.


 

3. It is Very High in Fiber… Much Higher Than Most Grains

Another important benefit of quinoa is that it is high in fiber.

One study that looked at 4 varieties of quinoa found a range of between 10 and 16 grams of fiber, per every 100 grams of uncooked quinoa (11).

This equals 17-27 grams per cup, which is very high… more than twice as high as most grains. Boiled quinoa contains much less fiber, gram for gram, because it absorbs so much water.

Unfortunately, most of the fiber is insoluble fiber, which doesn’t appear to have the same health benefits as soluble fiber.

That being said, the soluble fiber content is about 2.5 grams per cup (or 1.5 grams per 100 grams), which is still decent.

There are numerous studies showing that soluble fiber can help reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, increase fullness and help with weight loss (12, 13, 14).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is much higher in fiber than most grains, with one source finding 17-27 grams of fiber per cup of uncooked Quinoa.


 

4. Quinoa is Gluten Free and Perfect For People With Gluten Intolerance

According to a 2013 survey, about a third of people in the U.S. are currently trying to minimize or avoid gluten.

A gluten-free diet can be healthy, as long as it is based on foods that are naturally gluten free.

The problems arise when people eat “gluten free” foods made with refined starches instead.

These foods are no better than their gluten-containing counterparts, because gluten free junk food is still junk food.

Well… many researchers have been looking at quinoa as a suitable ingredient in a gluten-free diet, for people who don’t want to give up staples like breads and pasta.

Studies have shown that by using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free ingredients like refined tapioca, potato, corn and rice flour, it can dramatically increase the nutrient and antioxidant value of the diet (15, 16).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is naturally free of gluten and using it instead of typical gluten-free ingredients can increase the antioxidant and nutrient value of a gluten-free diet.


 

5. Quinoa is Very High in Protein, With All The Essential Amino Acids That we Need

Protein is made out of amino acids. Some of them are termed “essential” because we can not produce them and need to get them from the diet.

If a food contains all the essential amino acids, it is seen as a “complete” protein.

The problem is that many plant foods are deficient in certain essential amino acids, such as Lysine.

However… quinoa is an exception to this, being particularly high in in all the essential amino acids. For this reason, quinoa is an excellent source of protein. It has both more and better protein than most grains (17).

With 8 grams of quality protein per cup of cooked quinoa (or 4.5 grams per 100 grams), quinoa is an excellent plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans.

Bottom Line: Quinoa is high in protein compared to most plant foods and contains all the essential amino acids that we need.


 

6. Quinoa Has a Low Glycemic Index

The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar levels.

It is known that eating foods that are high on the glycemic index can stimulate hunger and contribute to obesity (18, 19).

Such foods have also been linked to many of the chronic, Western diseases that are so common today… like diabetes and heart disease (20).

Quinoa has a glycemic index of 53, which is considered low (21).

However… it’s important to keep in mind that quinoa is still pretty high in carbs, so it is not a good choice for a low-carb diet, at least not in large amounts.

Bottom Line: The glycemic index of quinoa is around 53, which is considered low. However, it is still relatively high in carbohydrates.


 

7. It is High in Minerals That Most People Don’t Get Enough of, Especially Magnesium

There are many nutrients in the modern diet that people tend to be lacking in.

This is particularly true of some minerals… especially Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc and (for women) Iron.

Interestingly, quinoa is very high in all 4 minerals. It is particularly high in magnesium, with one cup having about 30% of the RDA.

The problem is that quinoa contains a substance called phytic acid, which can bind these minerals and reduce their absorption (22).

However, by soaking and/or sprouting the quinoa before cooking it, you can reduce the phytic acid content and make these minerals more bioavailable.

Quinoa is also pretty high in oxalates, which reduce the absorption of calcium and can cause problems for certain individuals with recurring kidney stones (23, 24).

Bottom Line: Quinoa is very high in minerals, but the phytic acid can partly prevent them from being absorbed. Soaking or sprouting quinoa degrades most of the phytic acid.


 

8. Quinoa May Have Some Major Benefits For Metabolic Health

Given the high amount of beneficial nutrients, it makes sense that quinoa could lead to improvements in metabolic health.


Although this needs to be studied more thoroughly, I did find two studies (one in humans, the other in rats) that examined the effects of quinoa on metabolic health.

The human study found that using quinoa instead of typical gluten-free breads and pastas significantly reduced blood sugar, insulin and triglyceride levels (25).

The rat study found that adding quinoa to a diet high in fructose almost completely inhibited the negative effects of fructose (26).

Bottom Line: Two studies, one in humans and the other in rats, show that quinoa can improve metabolic health. This includes lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels.


 

9. Quinoa is Loaded With Antioxidants

Quinoa also happens to be very high in antioxidants.

Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals and are believed to help fight ageing and many diseases.

One study looked at antioxidants in 10 foods… 5 cereals, 3 pseudocereals and 2 legumes.

Quinoa had the highest antioxidant content of all 10 (27).

Allowing quinoa seeds to sprout seems to increase the antioxidant content even further (28).

Bottom Line: Quinoa appears to be very high in antioxidants, which are increased even further after the seeds are sprouted.


 

10. Quinoa Has Several Important Characteristics That Make it a Weight Loss Friendly Food

In order to lose weight, we need to take in fewer calories than we burn.

It is known that certain properties of foods can facilitate this process… either by boosting metabolism (increasing calories out) or reducing appetite (lowering calories in).

Interestingly, quinoa has several such properties.

It is high in protein… which can both increase metabolism and reduce appetite significantly (29).

The high amount of fiber should also help to increase feelings of fullness, making us eat fewer calories overall (30).

The fact that quinoa has a low glycemic index is another important feature, but choosing such foods has been linked to reduced calorie intake (31).

Although there is currently no study that looks at the effects of quinoa on body weight, it seems intuitive that it could be a useful part of a healthy weight loss diet.

Bottom Line: Quinoa is high in fiber, protein and has a low glycemic index. These properties have all been linked to weight loss and improved health.


 

11. Quinoa is Easy to Incorporate Into Your Diet

The last one is not a health benefit, but still incredibly important.

It is the fact that quinoa is very easy to incorporate into your diet.

It is also tasty and goes well with many foods.

Depending on the type of quinoa, it can be important to rinse it with water in order to get rid of saponins, which are found on the outer layer and can have a bitter flavor.

However, some brands have already been rinsed, so this may not be necessary.

You can buy quinoa in most health food stores and many supermarkets. It is also available on Amazon, with many reviews, testimonials and usage tips from real customers.

Quinoa can be ready to eat in as little as 15-20 minutes:
•Put 2 cups of water in a pot, turn up the heat.
•Add 1 cup of raw quinoa, with a dash of salt.
•Boil for 15-20 minutes.
•Eat.

It should now have absorbed most of the water and gotten a fluffy look. If done right, it should have a mild, nutty flavour and a satisfying crunch.

Then there are dozens of other delicious ways to use quinoa.

For more details, you can read these in-depth instructions on How to Cook Fluffy, Tasty Quinoa or check out these 27 Delicious Quinoa Recipes.

 


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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.

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Quinoa Mushroom Holiday “Meat” Loaf

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This recipe was shared with us by our friends Jasmine of Sweet Simple Vegan and Yvonne of My Eclectic Kitchen. They are experts at making incredible vegan dishes that are as delicious as they are beautiful!

This dish will fool any meat eaters you have at your holiday dinner this year! The combination of the quinoa, oats, mushrooms and nuts provide this dish with the perfect “meat” loaf texture. Finish it off with your choice of this Cranberry Glaze recipe or a traditional meatloaf glaze.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • ½ cup quinoa, uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp flax meal
  • 6 Tbsp filtered water
  • 2 cups crimini mushrooms (or substitute porcini mushrooms), roughly chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries, roughly chopped (or substitute with  Goji Berries)
  • ¼ cup Almond Milk
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari
  • 1 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp rosemary, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp sage, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp thyme, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp Pink Himalayan Salt

 

Glaze: Cranberry or Traditional
Cranberry Glaze

Traditional Meatloaf Glaze:

  • 3 Tbsp ketchup
  • 1½ Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • ⅛ tsp garlic powder

 

Directions:

  • Rinse and drain quinoa. Place the quinoa and 1 cup of water in a small saucepot and cover. Cook the quinoa over medium heat. Once it has reached a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer. The quinoa should be cooked in about 15 minutes, when all the water is absorbed. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. First, cut two pieces of parchment paper– one piece for the length of the loaf pan, from rim-to-rim, and one piece for the width of the loaf pan, rim-to-rim. Spray the loaf pan then place one parchment piece down. Spray the parchment again and lay the other piece of parchment over crosswise, like an x. Spray the parchment again. See here for a demo.
  • Prepare the flax egg. In a small bowl, combine the flax meal with 6 Tbsp of water, mix and set aside to thicken.
  • Prepare the faux “meat”. Measure out ¾ cup cooked quinoa (store leftover quinoa in the refrigerator to eat later). Place the quinoa in a food processor with the mushrooms and walnuts, and process until it comes together and resembles the same texture as ground meat.
  • Place the faux “meat” in a large mixing bowl and add the remaining ingredients to the bowl, including the flax egg. With clean hands, toss all the ingredients until fully combined.
  • Pour the “meat”loaf mixture into the loaf pan and pat down well, spreading evenly. Flatten the top.
  • Place the loaf pan in the center of the oven for about 1½ hours.
  • Make the glaze. Either a Cranberry Glaze or the Traditional Meatloaf Glaze by combining ketchup, vegan Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and stirring together with a spoon.
  • minutes prior to removing the loaf from the oven, brush the top of the meatloaf with the glaze, spreading it evenly to coat. If you use the Cranberry Glaze, use only a little over ¼ cup of it to spread. Reserve the rest of the Cranberry Glaze to serve on the side.
  • Allow the loaf to cool for about 10 minutes prior to cutting.
  • Serve with a side of steamed broccoli or green beans and/or Cauliflower Mashed “faux-potatoes.”

Original recipe: http://sweetsimplevegan.com/2014/11/vegan-holiday-meat-loaf/ & http://myeclectickitchen.com/2014/11/holiday-meatloaf/

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Berry Fresh Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

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Having a balanced diet isn’t always easy. This breakfast bowl is easy to cook and packed with protein, iron, and calcium just from the Quinoa alone not to mention it tastes great! Makes the perfect filling breakfast entree or snack that has just the right amount of sweetness!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Rinse with cold water before cooking. Add one part quinoa to two parts water (or stock) in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, or until all water has been absorbed. Fluff with fork before serving.
  • Add milk, yacon, and cinnamon to a bowl of cooked Quinoa. Garnish with berries and fruit and enjoy.

 

 

 

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Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

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Magnesium: Meet the Most Powerful Relaxation Mineral Available

 

1575 - Magnesium Oil 4ozA DEFICIENCY IN THIS CRITICAL nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.

I’m talking about magnesium.

It is an antidote to stress, the most powerful relaxation mineral available, and it can help improve your sleep.

I find it very funny that more doctors aren’t clued in to the benefits of magnesium, because we use it all the time in conventional medicine. But we never stop to think about why or how important it is to our general health or why it helps our bodies function better.

I remember using magnesium when I worked in the emergency room. It was a critical “medication” on the crash cart. If someone was dying of a life-threatening arrhythmia (or irregular heart beat), we used intravenous magnesium. If someone was constipated or needed to prepare for colonoscopy, we gave them milk of magnesia or a green bottle of liquid magnesium citrate, which emptied their bowels. If pregnant women came in with pre-term labor, or high blood pressure of pregnancy (pre-eclampsia) or seizures, we gave them continuous high doses of intravenous magnesium.

But you don’t have to be in the hospital to benefit from getting more magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results.

The Relaxation Mineral

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

When was the last time you had a good dose of seaweed, nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter.
That is why the list of conditions that are found related to magnesium deficiency is so long. In fact, there are over 3,500 medical references on magnesium deficiency!

Even so, this mineral is mostly ignored because it is not a drug, even though it is MORE powerful than drugs in many cases. That’s why we use it in the hospital for life-threatening and emergency situations like seizures and heart failure.

You might be magnesium deficient if you have any of the following symptoms:

Muscle cramps or twitches
Insomnia
Irritability
Sensitivity to loud noises
Anxiety
Autism
ADD
Palpitations
Angina
Constipation
Anal spasms
Headaches
Migraines
Fibromyalgia
Chronic fatigue
Asthma
Kidney stones
Diabetes
Obesity
Osteoporosis
High blood pressure
PMS
Menstrual cramps
Irritable bladder
Irritable bowel syndrome
Reflux
Trouble swallowing

Magnesium deficiency has even has been linked to inflammation in the body and higher CRP levels.

In our society, magnesium deficiency is a huge problem. By conservative standards of measurement (blood, or serum, magnesium levels), 65 percent of people admitted to the intensive care unit — and about 15 percent of the general population — have magnesium deficiency.

But this seriously underestimates the problem, because a serum magnesium level is the LEAST sensitive way to detect a drop in your total body magnesium level. So rates of magnesium deficiency could be even higher!

The reason we are so deficient is simple: Many of us eat a diet that contains practically no magnesium — a highly-processed, refined diet that is based mostly on white flour, meat, and dairy (all of which have no magnesium).

When was the last time you had a good dose of sea vegetables (seaweed), nuts, greens, and beans? If you are like most Americans, your nut consumption mostly comes from peanut butter, and mostly in chocolate peanut butter cups.

Much of modern life conspires to help us lose what little magnesium we do get in our diet. Magnesium levels are decreased by excess alcohol, salt, coffee, phosphoric acid in colas, profuse sweating, prolonged or intense stress, chronic diarrhea, excessive menstruation, diuretics (water pills), antibiotics and other drugs, and some intestinal parasites. In fact, in one study in Kosovo, people under chronic war stress lost large amounts of magnesium in their urine.

This is all further complicated by the fact that magnesium is often poorly absorbed and easily lost from our bodies. To properly absorb magnesium we need a lot of it in our diet, plus enough vitamin B6, vitamin D, and selenium to get the job done.

A recent scientific review of magnesium concluded, “It is highly regrettable that the deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering and expense throughout the world.” (ii) I couldn’t’ have said it better myself.

It is difficult to measure and hard to study, but magnesium deficiency accounts for untold suffering — and is simple to correct. So if you suffer from any of the symptoms I mentioned or have any of the diseases I noted, don’t worry — it is an easy fix!! Here’s how.

Stop Draining Your Body of Magnesium

Limit coffee, colas, salt, sugar, and alcohol
Learn how to practice active relaxation
Check with your doctor if your medication is causing magnesium loss (many high blood pressure drugs or diuretics cause loss of magnesium)

Eat Foods High in Magnesium

Include the following in your diet as often as you can:

Kelp, wheat bran, wheat germ, almonds, cashews, buckwheat, brazil nuts, dulse, filberts, millet, pecans, walnuts, rye, tofu, soy beans, brown rice, figs, dates, collard greens, shrimp, avocado, parsley, beans, barley, dandelion greens, and garlic

Take Magnesium Supplements

The RDA (the minimum amount needed) for magnesium is about 300 mg a day. Most of us get far less than 200 mg.
Some may need much more depending on their condition.
Most people benefit from 400 to 1,000 mg a day.
The most absorbable forms are magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, or aspartate, although magnesium bound to Kreb cycle chelates (malate, succinate, fumarate) are also good.
Avoid magnesium carbonate, sulfate, gluconate, and oxide. They are poorly absorbed (and the cheapest and most common forms found in supplements).
Side effects from too much magnesium include diarrhea, which can be avoided if you switch to magnesium glycinate.
Most minerals are best taken as a team with other minerals in a multi-mineral formula.
Taking a hot bath with Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) is a good way to absorb and get much needed magnesium.
People with kidney disease or severe heart disease should take magnesium only under a doctor’s supervision.

So if you’re coping with the symptoms here, relax! Magnesium is truly a miracle mineral. It is essential for lifelong vibrant health.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Do you suffer from any of the symptoms I’ve mentioned?

Do you currently take a magnesium supplement? What results have you noticed?

Which of the tips mentioned above do you plan to try?

Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

References

(i) Tong, GM and RK Rude. 2005. Magnesium deficiency in critical illness. J Intensive Care Med 20 (1):3-17. Review.

(ii) S. Johnson. 2001. The multifaceted and widespread pathology of magnesium deficiency. Med Hypotheses 56(2): 163-70


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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.

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7 Valuable Chia Seed Benefits That’ll Make You Insanely Healthy

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7 Valuable Chia Seed Benefits That’ll Make You Insanely Healthy

 

Chia seeds may be ridiculously tiny, but they’re also quite mighty. Originating from the desert-growing Salvia plant in Central America and found to be a common food source among the Aztecs and Mayans who lived centuries ago, chia seed benefits are touted by nutrition experts and health conscious individuals all over the world today.

While there are lots of different types of seeds out there that offer great nutritional value, chia seeds offer more of what some other seeds don’t. Here’s why you may want to serious consider adding this powerful little seed to your diet.

Chia Seeds Benefits

1) Omega Fatty Acids

Chia seeds are one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids — providing about 9 grams of total fat. You get 5 grams of omega-3s for every two tablespoons of chia seeds, which is even more than what flax seeds have to offer. That healthy dose of omega-3s brings along a range of proven health benefits, including protection from heart disease, reduced inflammation, and cognitive enhancements.

 

2) Weight Loss

“Chia seeds are promoted as a weight loss aid and are believed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, probably because of the fiber and omega-3 fatty acid content,” says nutritionist Shereen Lehman. At 138 calories per ounce (about two tablespoons), chia seeds have nearly 10 grams of fiber, which may help you feel fuller and satisfied for longer by slowing down the absorption process of sugars in the intestine. But in another study conducted in 2009, researchers found that chia seeds didn’t provide any weight loss benefits or reduction in disease risk in overweight adult participants. According to Ms. Lehman, “chia seeds can be part of a healthy diet, but there isn’t enough evidence to use them to treat or prevent any health conditions.”

 

3) Hydration

If you’ve ever mixed water with chia seeds, then you know just how powerful they are at soaking up liquid. Because they’re so high in soluble fiber, chia seeds can actually soak up about 10 times their weight in water, even in your stomach and when eaten raw. Mixing the seeds with water to create a gel-like substance can be used as a nutritious and hydrating drink for athletes.

 

4) Protein

In addition to that healthy helping of fiber, a 1-oz serving of chia seeds offers 4 grams of protein, making it an excellent source of plant-based protein.

 

5) Blood Sugar Levels

Despite the dense nutritional content chia seeds have, science hasn’t exactly proven much of what it can help treat. According to a 2007 study involving chia seeds, researchers looked at how its consumption might benefit diabetics. They found some positive impacts on cardiovascular disease risk and blood sugar levels, but the addition of the chia seeds to the diabetics’ diets led them to eat less carbohydrates and more fat, presenting the question of whether the health benefits were caused by the chia seeds or the reduction in carb consumption.

6) Antioxidants

The little chia seed is also a source of lots of incredible antioxidantsthat may help your body fight off certain illnesses. Some antioxidants have shown promise in the ability to help fight off certain types of cancer.

7) Calcium

Chia seeds have 3 to 6 time more calcium per serving than milk does, and also contain an array of other beneficial nutrients like magnesium, niacin, iron, and zinc.

 


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12 Foods To Stock In A Raw Foods Kitchen

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12 Foods To Stock In A Raw Foods Kitchen

 

We all want to live healthier lives, and adding more unprocessed food to our diets is a great way to start.

Cook with as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, shopping for them as needed.

There are also some key ingredients you can stock in your kitchen that will help you prepare delicious, clean meals and snacks. These items are the basis for many of the recipes found in our book Love on a Plate. Here are the essentials you should have on hand:

1. Olive Oil

This is a great oil to use in savory dishes, as well as salad dressings and marinades. Look for cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, if you can.

2. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is good for you because it’s a great source of lauric acid and helps fight fat, and it has a sweet taste, so we use it in everything. But don’t cook it, as this is not a high-heat oil.

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV makes for superb salad dressings. Look for one that’s unpasteurized and unfiltered. You can also take a small amount before every meal to aid in digestion.

4. Maple Syrup

Great in moderation, it doesn’t cause the same blood sugar spikes found in other sweeteners. It also contains antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

5. Nama Shoyu

This unpasteurized soy sauce is perfect for salads, as a dip for sushi, and for other Asian dishes. If you can’t find it, you can also use low-sodium Tamari sauce.

6. Celtic Sea Salt

The purest, most natural form of salt with vital minerals and nutrients.

7. Frozen Bananas

Frozen bananas make all the difference in the texture and sweet taste of a smoothie. Keep a bunch in a resealable storage bag in the freezer.

8. Cashews and Almonds

Not only a great snack, you can also use these nuts to make delicious nut milks that don’t require straining, as well as sweet creams for desserts.

Nut milk is delicious ice-cold in a bowl with fruit, with a little chocolate syrup, or for making savory dishes and vegan cheeses.

9. Coconut Meat

Coconut meat is an amazing meat substitute. We marinate ours in a delicious sauce before dehydrating. It’s also a great thickener for pies.

Just open coconuts, save the clear water, then scoop out the white meat. You can also buy prepackaged coconut meat.

10. Irish Moss

This yellowish clear seaweed is called “nature’s collagen” because it’s loaded with selenium, which is great for hair, skin, bones, and nails. It’s also a wonderful thickening agent.

We use it in one of our vegan cheese recipes, as well as adding a tablespoon to our smoothies. The more we can get this into our diets, the better!

11. Nutritional Yeast

Not to be confused with baker’s yeast, this is a delicious topping that adds a cheesy flavor to dishes. Loaded with vitamin B-12, it’s actually considered a super-food, which makes this a very important supplement to the raw foodie.

12. Dried Mulberries

Dried mulberries can add crunch to fruit smoothies, desserts, or fruit salads. We put dried mulberries in our dehydrator to dry them out even more before putting them into a coffee grinder and pulverizing them until almost powdery, as the powder then mimics the taste and texture of brown sugar.

 


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Vegan Thanksgiving Casserole

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This amazing recipe comes from our friend Shannon at KillerBunniesInc.com. It works perfectly as a delicious main course any time of year, but has that comfort-food feeling that is especially welcome around the holidays! Thanks for sharing with us Shannon (be sure to check out her other vegan recipes, they’re awesome!)

“Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canucks! It was getting chilly around here and I was craving this dish. It pretty much is stuffing with lentils. Unfortunately, the husband does not like lentils. Really, at all. So very sad. I’m pretty sure you could make this with other beans, but I really like lentils. This would make a great side dish but I like it as a main. Yum!”

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 1/2 cup cashews, chopped [Sunfood Raw Organic Cashews]
  • 4 slices whole wheat bread, chopped into small cubes & toasted
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 stalk celery, diced small
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil [Sunfood Extra Virgin Organic Olive Oil]
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp rosemary
  • pepper to taste

 

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Spray a 8 or 9 inch square casserole dish with cooking spray
  • While lentils are cooking (if you don’t buy pre-cooked), sauté celery and onion in the olive oil and toast the bread cubes in the oven
  • Mix well all ingredients in a large bowl
  • Spread into casserole dish, and bake uncovered for 45 minutes

 

That’s it!  A savory, incredible entrée is ready to be devoured!

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Coconut Oil Shows Promise in Preventing Deadly Bloodstream Infection

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Coconut Oil Shows Promise in Preventing Deadly Bloodstream Infection

 

The secret to preventing a deadly candida infection may be found in your diet. According to a new study published in the journal mSphere, coconut oil effectively controlled the overgrowth of a common fungal pathogen called Candida albicans (C. albicans) in mice.

C. albicans is part of the gastrointestinal tract’s normal flora, and is regulated by the immune system. But when the immune system is compromised, the fungus can spread beyond the GI tract and lead to invasive candidiasis, the fourth most common blood infection among hospitalized patients in the U.S. It’s most often found in people who already have reduced immune systems, such as cancer patients, transplant patients, and premature infants, and kills 40 to 50 percent of sufferers.

While antifungal drugs can be used to control and prevent C. albicans from spreading to the bloodstream, repeated use can lead to drug resistant strains of the microbe—and coconut oil may help in preventing this issue.

Researchers investigated how three different dietary fats influenced the amount of C. albicans in the mouse gut: coconut oil, beef tallow, and soybean oil. Meanwhile, a control group was fed a standard diet for mice.

“When you compared a mouse on a high fat diet that contained either beef fat or soy bean oil to mice eating coconut oil, there was about a ten-fold drop in colonization,” lead study author Carol Kumamoto, Ph.D., professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine said in a statement. These results were seen in as few as four days after the diet change.

“Food can be a powerful ally in reducing the risk of disease,” said Alice H. Lichtenstein, D.Sc., director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. “This study marks a first step in understanding how life-threatening yeast infections in susceptible individuals might be reduced through the short-term and targeted use of a specific type of fat.”

“We want to give clinicians a treatment option that might limit the need for antifungal drugs. If we can use coconut oil as a safe, dietary alternative, we could decrease the amount of antifungal drugs used, reserving antifungal drugs for critical situations,” said first author Kearney Gunsalus, Ph.D., an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellow at the Sackler School in Kumamoto’s lab.

Researchers have not yet discovered whether this Candida reduction extends to humans, but are discussing developing a clinical trial that tests coconut oil on hospitalized infants who are at high-risk of developing systemic candidiasis.

 


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15 Little-Known Facts About The World’s Most Magical Superfood

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15 Little-Known Facts About The World’s Most Magical Superfood

 

Did you know that the United Nations declared spirulina the best food for the future?

No wonder.

Spirulina is one of the most potent, most concentrated and most nutrient-rich foods too. And like most superfoods, it’s both a food and a medicine.

According to health experts, spirulina has the power to give us maximum nutrition, health and energy, as well as minimum calories and no trans-fatty acids. Spirulina has the power to dramatically help us achieve our ideal weight, diet and food habits.

Although new scientific research and talk of spirulina have been flourishing these days, certain facts about the superfood still manage to pass under the radar. Here’s what you may not know:

1. Spirulina belongs to the bacteria kingdom, not the plant kingdom.

Although widely called blue-green algae, it’s a cyanobacteria (meaning blue bacteria).

 

2. 35 varieties of spirulina exist, and some are more superior than others.

For example, Spirulina platensis is superior to Spirulina maxima regarding lipid content, and it has much less palmitic acid (saturated) and more gamma-linolenic acid (essential).

 

3. The people of Mexico City in Central America and the people of Lake Chad in Africa have long enjoyed spirulina.

Called tecuitlatl, the Aztecs have used it for an estimated 5,000 years. Called dihe, the Kanembu people have used it for over 1,000 years.

 

4. Spirulina can survive in the harshest temperatures.

Whether you freeze it, refrigerate it, let it sit on the counter, or hard-core process it, you’ll still get all of its nutrients.

 

5. Spirulina has the highest concentration of protein (by dry weight) found in any food.

Depending on the variety, it consists of 65-71% protein whereas soya flour only contains 35% crude protein.

 

6. Spirulina is a complete protein source.

It contains all eight essential amino acids and eighteen amino acids in total.

 

7. Spirulina has a high digestibility of its proteins, comparable to casein in milk.

Its cells don’t have cellulose walls, which makes its protein 83-90% digestible in ordinary dried spirulina, as opposed to 95.1% for pure casein.

 

8. The iron content of spirulina beats raw spinach and whole cereals and is equivalent to red meat.

Depending on the variety, it’s 25-50 times richer than raw spinach and twice as rich as the highest iron-rich food — whole cereals.

 

9. Spirulina is the highest source of B-12*, topping its nearest rival raw beef liver.

It’s two to six times richer in B12.

 

10. Athletes discover more endurance and strength when eating spirulina.

(Super-athlete recommended dose: 30+ grams/day).

 

11. The beta-carotene in spirulina is way higher than carrots.

You get ten times the benefit of carrots to improve your eyesight.

 

12. Spirulina is the richest source of the essential acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) after human milk and some little-used vegetable oils (evening primrose, borage, blackcurrant seed and hemp oil).

GLA is responsible for reducing inflammation.

 

13. Spirulina applied on the skin protects against ultraviolet radiation.

Thanks to its blue pigment, you can create homemade sunscreen by adding spirulina to a simple 50/50 mixture of organic coconut oil if you have sensitive skin.

 

14. Spirulina production only uses two percent of the water required for beef protein production.

If you compared the two to your showering habits and you use two gallons per minute to take your showers, you’d have to stop showering for a whole year to make up for the water used to produce beef protein. Spirulina, on the other hand, only uses an astonishing one-minute of water. It’s a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly food.

 

15. Spirulina is a powerful tonic and immune-system booster, killing cancer cells and protecting against HIV infections.

It increases the production of T-fighter cells, macrophages, B-cells, and the anti-cancer natural killer (NK) cells.

 

Are You Ready to Supercharge Your Health?

Spirulina has the power to improve your health, boost your immune system, cleanse and alkalize your body and even enhance sexuality.

Spirulina has the power to meet and exceed all your macronutrient, essential fatty acid and immune system requirements — and it does so much more, nourishing you at the deepest level possible.

So go ahead and include it in your daily diet. Add one tablespoon to smoothies, sprinkle it on salads, or add it to homemade protein bars. And make it the true superhero of your new and improved you.

 


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The Top 12 Best Foods and Antioxidants While You Are Sick With A Cold or Flu

 

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The Top 12 Best Foods and Antioxidants While You Are Sick With A Cold or Flu

 

When you have a sore throat or if you’re congested, you might not want to eat. You feel worn down and swallowing can be very painful. Here are 12 of the most amazing foods and antioxidants that will help alleviate symptoms and even shorten the duration of any cold or flu.

1) Chili Peppers
Scientists have reported that chili peppers are a heart-healthy food with potential to protect against the No. 1 cause of death in the developed world. Chili peppers are a natural remedy for a sore throat that can often precede a cold or flu. Yes, that feeling of having crushed glass floating around in your throat can often be remedied without conventional over-the-counter analgesics. A mixture of hot red chili powder – often called Cayenne pepper – and orange juice is a very effective remedy for sore throats and congestion in general.

2) Honey
“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols — all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them. Honey is one of the most incredible non-perishable foods that can kill almost every type of bacteria.

3) Turmeric
Turmeric is fast becoming a popular remedy for just about everything that ails you. It appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects. The combination of honey with turmeric powder is an excellent remedy for a hacking cough. Research found that a substance in turmeric, curcumin, may outperform the pneumococcal vaccine in providing long lasting protection against potentially deadly lung damage in infants. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and turmeric tea has been used for extensively worldwide for colds, congestion, headache, and sore throats.

4) Ginger
Along side turmeric, ginger is one of the world’s most potent disease-fighting spices. The use of ginger is numero uno when it comes to curing common cold, cough and relieving respiratory symptoms. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health. Once made into tea, you can add peppermint, honey or lemon to make this beverage into an incredible tea with immunity boosters known to reduce inflammation and prevent many illnesses.

5) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is purported to treat numerous diseases, health conditions, and annoyances. It eases digestion, prevents flu, reduces inflammation, kills fungus, regulate pH balance, and washes toxins from the body. Some alternative practitioners recommend using apple cider vinegar to restore alkaline acid balance. Here are 8 more reasons this powerful health tonic makes your kitchen your best pharmacy.

6) Lemon
Lemon juice decreases the strength of the cold and flu virus in the body and reduces phlegm. They are both anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Add lemon juice to your tea or make hot or cold lemonade with honey to build resistance to cold and flu, and speed up healing if you do succumb. Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, which is known to support the body’s natural defenses. Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. Here’s a simple recipe using lemons and garlic during the cold and flu season that will supercharge your immune system.

7) Cinnamon
Cinnamon may merit a place in your medicine cabinet as well as in your spice rack. Cinnamon is one of the most potent antioxidants in the world and is most certainly a superfood. Did you know that a teaspoon of raw honey and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon will usually knock out a cold within a day or two? If you are to maximize the medicinal value of cinnamon,make sure you are not purchasing cassia. It must also be non-irradiated which will be labeled as such.

8) Garlic
Garlic is probably nature’s most potent food. It is one of the reasons people who eat the Mediterranean diet live such long healthy lives. A significant finding from Washington State University showed that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics. A soup based on more than 50 cloves of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon will destroy almost any virus that enters its path including colds, flu and even norovirus. Although a few garlic powder supplements are able to generate some allicin within the stomach, the amount converted, if any is converted at all, is dependant upon optimal stomach conditions. If you are to supplement with garlic, try AlliMAX which is the only nutraceutical containing a proprietary process through which the naturally occurring allicin in garlic is extracted,stabilized and concentrated.

9) Elderberry
Compounds in elderberry bind viruses before they can penetrate the walls of cells, thereby inhibiting their ability to spread. Since elderberry is nontoxic when cooked, it is safe for children. The hot tea from the flowers and juice from the berries promotes sweating preferable adding on lemon juice and honey which is soothing for upper respiratory infections. The tea is also considered to be anti-rheumatic, laxative and detoxifying. A liquid extract from black elderberry may inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria by 99 percent at highest concentrations, a feat no anti-bacterial drugs can match.

10) Zinc
Zinc supplements reduce the severity and duration of illness caused by the common cold. The idea that zinc might be effective against the common cold came from a study carried out in 1984, which showed that zinc lozenges could reduce how long symptoms lasted. A Cochrane Systematic Review, carried out in 1999, studies data from data from 15 trials. According to the results, zinc syrup, lozenges or tablets taken within a day of the onset of cold symptoms reduce the severity and length of illness. At seven days, more of the patients who took zinc had cleared their symptoms compared to those who took placebos.

11) Vitamin D3
The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers have recently pinpointed the mechanism behind vitamin D3’s ability to enhance the immune system and why it is so critical to our health.

12) Vitamin C
Vitamin C is remarkably safe even in enormously high doses. Compared to commonly used prescription drugs, side effects are virtually nonexistent. Evidence documents Vitamin C as one of the best antiviral agents now available. Vitamin C can neutralize and eliminate a wide range of toxins. Vitamin C will enhance host resistance, greatly augmenting the immune system’s ability to neutralize bacterial and fungal infections. Some scientists have stated that are no RNA viruses currently in existence which Vitamin C cannot destroy, even ebola. Intravenous (IV) vitamin C is a very powerful healing tool that can prevent dozens of diseases.

An effective cold and cough syrup recipe:
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp raw honey
1/2 lemon
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/2 tsp chili powder

Take 3 tablespoons 4 times per day or until finished.

Lastly, a worthy mention is the use of homemade saline nasal washes, and gargles which has long been used effectively to soothe sore throats, and keep respiratory passages moist, decongested and free of invading pathogens.

 


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Here is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Hemp Seeds

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Here is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Hemp Seeds

 

Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids vital for optimal health. Hemp Protein contains all 20 Amino Acids including the 9 Essential Amino Acids. There are 9 essential amino acids that your body can not produce on its own and hemp has them all. If you don’t consume foods rich in these essential amino acids, your health will be compromised. Amino acids work as a building block of proteins. Essential amino acids (contained in hemp) are the most digestible in the world. Hemp also contains vitamin A, E and D, and many B vitamins, sodium, calcium, dietary fiber and iron.

Hemp Seeds are one of the best vegetable sources of protein. The proteins contained in hemp are similar to proteins in the human body. Thus, hemp provides the right amount of amino acids to help our bodies produce protein. Hemp protein consists of globulins (edestin) and albumin. Approximately 65% of the protein in hemp seeds is made up of the globulin protein Edestin and is found only in hemp seeds.
Hemp is one of the world’s most potent natural sources of magnesium. Around 75% of people in America are Magnesium deficient. Being one of the most vital minerals, it is responsible for over 300 different biochemical reactions which are essential for your body to function properly. 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium.

Hemp contains the perfect ratio of omega fatty acids :3- omega-3`s to 1-omega-6. Omega-6 is only beneficial for our bodies if the ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 is 3 to 1. As a nation, we do not consume enough of these. The current ratio in America is at 50:1. Our culture is way to indulged in processed pre-packaged food and vegetable oil. Abnormal ratios cause inflammation that leads to premature aging and various diseases.

Hemp is very easy to grow and is GMO free. The hemp plant requires very little pest control. It is also perfect for the American climate. According to the Hemp Industries Association, only about eight known pests out of a hundred can cause serious problems for hemp. This means it is mostly grown without pesticides, herbicides or fungicides. It grows extremely fast so it can provide natural alternatives to many industrial spheres, making it safer and more natural for human consumption.

Here is What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Hemp Seeds

Balances Hormones

Improves Organ Function

Improves Cardiovascular System

Lowers Blood Pressure

Reduces PMS Symptoms

Hemp seed oil nourishes and improves your hair and skin on a cellular level as the oil penetrates the inner layers of the skin and promotes cell growth

Boost your energy levels

Help with weight loss as they produce a longer feeling of satisfaction

Help with digestive disorders as it contains a great amount of soluble fiber

Hemp is not only a superfood for your body but it also has great number of potential industrial uses. In a famous 1938 article, hemp was declared as a cash crop soon to be worth a billion dollars. In the early 1900’s hemp was heavily used in many areas such as food, ropes, linens and even American flags. The variety of hemp applications is unbelievable. Unfortunately, in the 1950s (due to its relationship with marijuana) hemp growing in America was banned.

 


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The Benefits of Moringa Powder

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Moringa Powder is a nutritionally complex green superfood that simultaneously nourishes and detoxifies the body. Unlike many conventional supplements and multi-vitamins, moringa leaf powder is a whole food — meaning its abundant nutrients are easily absorbed and utilized by the body. Mix into your morning smoothie, and feel the energizing, immune boosting, anti-stress and detoxifying effects of this concentrated superfood for yourself!


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Our certified organic, verified Non-GMO Moringa Powder is a fully raw product. Our low temperature processing preserves all of the delicate nutrients as the leaves are gently ground into a fine powder — ensuring high potency and unequaled quality. With no additives, preservatives or fillers, our Moringa Powder is as clean and pure as possible.

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9 Ways To Use Coconut To Kick Your Sugar Habit

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9 Ways To Use Coconut To Kick Your Sugar Habit

 

Almost four years ago I quit sugar. For years I’ve experimented with different types of sugar-craving fixes and one of my favourites is coconut. Whether it’s in the form of flakes, shavings, oil, cream, milk or even fresh, these beauties are brilliant when it comes to dealing with cravings.

Coconut oil is mostly made up of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which produce a whole host of health benefits. They’re small enough to easily permeate cell membranes, do not require special enzymes to be broken down so are easily digested, and they are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat.

Unlike carbohydrates, coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your blood stream, saving you from those dreaded energy slumps. You get sustaining energy, a sense of fullness, and a sweet hit with no after-effects. A quadruple whammy!

Major supermarkets have jumped on the bandwagon are now stocked with young/green coconuts. You’ll recognize them by their white casing, not the brown hard shell of a mature coconut. Drink the juice and scrape the flesh out with a spoon to use in smoothies and recipes.

Here are some great ideas for ways you can use coconut, to help kick your sugar habit today!

1. Have a glass of coconut water.

It’s three times more hydrating than water and is an amazing electrolyte. Go fresh if you can, otherwise look for packaged versions that are organic, fair-trade and have traveled the least distance.

2. Add coconut to smoothies.

Add one tablespoon of coconut oil to your favorite smoothie blend, or replace regular milk with coconut water or milk. You can also add coconut flesh to the mix to bulk things up beautifully. 


3. Eat a tablespoon or two of coconut oil, straight from the jar.

I do this most afternoons to help get me through to dinner, and to stop a craving for sweets in its tracks.

4. Toast coconut flakes.

Toast coconut flakes lightly in a pan and sprinkle on top of your oatmeal or yogurt with some walnuts and cinnamon.

5. Pan-fry some pumpkin chunks in coconut oil.

Sprinkle fresh pumpkin with salt to help tenderize the pumpkin, and add some cinnamon. Just before serving, stir in some coconut flakes or shredded coconut until golden. A great little meal or snack on the fly.

6. Make your own coconut ice cream!

Simply put a can of coconut cream (not milk and not a ‘light’ version) in the fridge. It thickens to a soft ice-cream consistency within a few hours. Yum.

7. Stew fruit in coconut milk

Or pour coconut milk over fresh strawberries for an insta-dessert.

8. Make rice pudding with coconut milk.

Simply heat leftover rice (or quinoa or oats) with a good splash of coconut milk until creamy and sweet. Add cinnamon and nuts.

9. Make your own coconut butter!

And eat it straight from the fridge or spread on toast or pancakes.

 

For more tips and tricks on quitting the gnarly white stuff, check out IQuitSugar.com for some extra guidance.

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Seven Foods Rich in Iodine

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Seven Foods Rich in Iodine

 

The thyroid gland synthesizes thyroid hormones and iodine is an essential trace mineral that is crucial for the thyroid to function properly. Eating foods rich in iodine ensures the thyroid is able to manage metabolism, detoxification, growth and development.

Research has shown that a lack of dietary iodine may lead to enlargement of the thyroid gland, lethargy, fatigue, weakness of the immune system, slow metabolism, autism, weight gain and possibly even mental states such as anxiety and depression.

The good news is that there are many popular foods with iodine, all of which are easy to incorporate into your daily diet.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for iodine is 150 micrograms daily for everybody over the age of 14. The RDA for children ages 1-8 is 90/mcg every day, ages 9-13 is 120/mcg every day. If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it is recommended that you get 290/mcg every day.

Iodine Rich Foods

 

1. Sea Vegetables

The ocean hosts the largest storehouse of iodine foods, including Kelp, Arame, Hiziki, Kombu, and Wakame. Kelp has the highest amount of iodine of any food on the planet and just one serving offers 4 times the daily minimum requirement. 1 tablespoon of Kelp contains about 2000/mcg of iodine, 1 tablespoon of Arame contains about 730/mcg of iodine, 1 tablespoon of Hiziki contains about 780/mcg of iodine, 1 one inch piece of Kombu contains about 1450/mcg of iodine, 1 tablespoon of Wakame contains about 80/mcg of iodine. I recommend sprinkling these into soups or salads.

 

2. Cranberries

This antioxidant rich fruit is another great source of iodine. About 4 ounces of cranberries contain approximately 400/mcg of iodine. I recommend buying fresh organic berries or juice. If you buy cranberry juice from the store, be aware of how much sugar it contains.

 

3. Organic Yogurt

A natural probiotic, yogurt is an excellent iodine food you should add to your diet. One serving holds more than half of your daily needs. 1 cup contains approximately 90/mcg of iodine. Other than yogurt, here is a list of probiotic foods you should consider incorporating into your diet for added health benefits.

 

4. Organic Navy Beans

Many beans are a great food source of iodine and navy beans may top the list. Just 1/2 cup of these beans contain about 32/mcg of iodine. Beans aren’t just an iodine food, they are also incredibly high in fiber.

 

5. Organic Strawberries

This tasty red fruit packs up to 10% of your daily iodine needs in just a single serving. One cup of fresh strawberries has approximately 13/mcg of iodine. Try buying fresh, organic strawberries from your local farmer’s market, they do not disappoint!

 

6. Himalayan Crystal Salt

This form of salt, also known as gray salt, is an excellent source of naturally-occurring iodine. While many types of table salt are iodine-enriched, they are also stripped of all their natural health properties and are chemically processed. Just one gram of himalayan salt contains approximately 500/mcg of iodine.

 

7. Potatoes

The common potato is an easy addition to most meals and is one of the richest sources of iodine in the vegetable kingdom. Leave the skin on and one medium-sized baked potato holds 60/mcg of iodine.

 

Iodine Supplements
If you’re not a fan of the iodine foods listed above, then you can always take an iodine supplement. There are many different types of iodine supplements on the market, so knowing the differences between each is vital. I recommend a transformative nano-colloidal detoxified nascent iodine supplement, which the body is quickly able to turn into its own effective mineral iodides for maximum absorption.

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


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Guaca-Maca-Mole with Moringa Powder

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Time for a fiesta! This superfood-infused spin on guacamole is perfect as a mid-day snack, or for quickly making you the most popular guest at a party! Avocados are rich in healthy fats (and so, so, so delicious), but kicking this dip up a notch is Maca Powder – an adaptogen that helps with hormone balance and increasing energy – along with Moringa Powder, an amazing green superfood that contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals. The fresh, guilt-free ingredients make it easy to devour a whole bowl of this in a matter of minutes, trust us!

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1-2 tbsp Maca Powder
1 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
2 tsp Moringa Powder
2 organic roma tomatoes, diced
½ organic red onion, diced
¼ cup organic cilantro, chopped
3-4 cloves of organic garlic, chopped
Juice from 1 organic lemon
chili pepper powder, to taste
1 tbsp cacao nibs (optional)

Scoop out avocado and mash in a bowl. Mix in diced tomato and onion, cilantro (with or without stems), garlic, salt, maca powder, moringa powder, and lemon juice. Add chili pepper powder to taste, and enjoy!

They go great with our Coconut Wraps, or serve with fresh vegetables, flax crackers, or your choice of chips!

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5 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth (Without The Toxic Ingredients)

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5 Ways To Whiten Your Teeth (Without The Toxic Ingredients)

 

I’m very particular about my oral hygiene, something that stems from the fact that I wore braces when I was in college … how horrifying! When the orthodontia was finally removed after I turned 20, I used to bleach my teeth a lot. But after a decade of doing so, my enamel wore down and now my teeth are uber sensitive.

A few years ago, I started researching how to naturally whiten my teeth so as to keep my bright smile, but without all the painful chemicals. Let me tell you: theses techniques actually work! I get compliments about my smile and how white my teeth are all the time, so give these a try.

1. Drink with straw when possible.

I’ve been doing this for a while and when I don’t, my dental hygienist calls me out. I drink a lot of tea, which means my teeth are prone to staining, so whenever possible I drink it through a straw (I let it cool down first). Same goes for coffee and wine. I’ll be honest and admit I don’t always follow this rule (drinking red wine through a straw looks a bit silly), but it’s the first step in avoiding stains. Yes, the liquid will still stain your teeth, but when it’s coming through a straw, it’ll mainly hit the back of your teeth (the part no one sees).

I’ve also made it a habit to brush immediately after eating and drinking, which can help remove food and drink residue before it has a chance to seep into your enamel and set as a stain.

2. Eat your fruit!

Though too much acid can eat away at your enamel, I use strawberries, lemon zest and orange peels as natural teeth whiteners.

Strawberries are full of malic acid, a natural enzyme that acts as an astringents and helps remove discoloration from your teeth. The fiber in these berries also helps to remove cavity-causing bacteria from your mouth. Lemons have a high acid content that works as a surface-level stain remover, while the inside of an orange peel contains vitamin C, pectin, limonene, glucarate and soluble fibers, all of which act as natural teeth whiteners.

You can rub orange and lemon peels along your teeth, or mash up all three fruits into a paste and let it sit on your teeth for a few minutes.

3. Use coconut oil to oil pull.

I have been oil pulling for over a year and absolutely love it! Before I started, my dentists would complain about my gums, saying I needed to take better care of them. Now, not only has the inflammation in my gums decreased, but my teeth don’t stain as much. I swish for 20 minutes every morning before brushing my teeth, and I swear, my teeth have never looked better. Additionally, oil pulling will help your overall oral hygiene and strengthen your immune system by pulling out any nasty toxins lurking in your body.

4. Brush with baking soda.

So easy, so good for you: a DIY toothpaste made from baking soda will not only whiten your teeth, it’ll also keep you from using harmful conventional toothpastes. Here’s a great recipe if you want to try making some for yourself.

5. Add some charcoal to your oral hygiene routine.

This may sound bizarre, but people in India have been using activated charcoal or “monkey powder” to whiten and clean their teeth for centuries. It’s a little messy, but totally worth it. Open a capsule, mix it with a little water, dip your toothbrush in and brush. Voila!

 


Original article from mindbodygreen.com

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7 Effective Home Remedies That Will Remove Underarm Odor Forever

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7 Effective Home Remedies That Will Remove Underarm Odor Forever

 

Don’t shave.

Not exactly a home remedy, but shaving your underarm hair actually exacerbates odors. The skin gets irritated by the razor, as well as lotions and creams, which enables bacteria to grow.

Natural soaps.

Goats milk soap is ideal, but castile soap works too. Just clean the underarm with natural soap. It helps kill off the bacteria that create the odors.

Apple cider vinegar.

ACV with a splash of lemon juice followed by rinsing with warm water murders the little bacteria that create under arm odor. You can keep the ingredients mixed together in a spraybottle too.

Tea tree oil.

This gentle oil not only smells great, but when applied to the underarm is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent.

Baking soda.

Baking soda isn’t just good for laundry, it’s good for your pits too. It’s natural and gentle, helps keep your skin dry all day, and can get rid of underarm odors.

Lime.

A little lime juice, fresh squeezed from organic limes, can kill up to 99% of bacteria and it helps freshen you up. 1 lime lasts more than a week if stored properly.

Hydrogen peroxide.

Hydrogen peroxide is great at killing underarm odor. You can mix it with a bit of rosewater to eliminate your underarm odor naturally.

 


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Top 5 Foods for the Pineal Gland

 

 

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Top 5 Foods for the Pineal Gland

 

If you’re seeking enlightenment through meditation, or perhaps you’re just looking to obtain a good night’s rest, you need a healthy pineal gland. Often referred to as the third eye, this small, pinecone-shaped endocrine organ located in the brain secretes and regulates melatonin, the hormone that regulates your circadian rhythms (your sleep-wake cycle) and certain sex hormones.

Calcification is an issue that occurs to everyone, but it’s increased in individuals that eat a poor diet. The problem is that overexposure to fluoride and phosphorus destabilizes your body’s mineral balance. This causes your pineal gland to calcify quickly. Nearly half of Americans experience pineal calcification by the age of 18! This disrupts your natural rhythms and hormones.

The best answer is to eliminate junk foods and limit your fluoride exposure. You need to get enough raw, healthy foods to help decalcify and support the pineal gland. Try these 5 foods for the best pineal gland health.

1. Chlorella
Chlorella, spirulina, and wheatgrass are great foods packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. These and other chlorophyll-dense superfoods remove metal toxins that build up in organs, increase oxygen levels, repair damaged tissue, and boost your immune system. The ability to remove toxic metals from organs aids the body in removing metal buildup. Plus, by boosting oxygen and immune function, it may help your body reverse pineal gland calcification.

2. Iodine
Fluoride from your tap water settles into the pineal gland. Iodine is essential to every organ of the body, but modern iodine deficiencies leave room for iodine’s elemental cousin, fluoride, to take its place.

The human body has no use for fluoride so the body isolates it in a calcium husk. Increase your iodine intake and you’ll reduce the effect of fluoride on all of your organs. You can get it from organic dietary sources like spinach, broccoli, seaweed, and fish. You can also supplement with iodine, although I recommend nascent iodine for the best results.

3. Oregano Oil
Research supports oregano oil as a powerful tool against microbes and other harmful organisms. [1] By supporting immune function, your body will more successfully remove harmful organisms before it can attack tissue like the pineal gland. This reduces the chance of gland calcification. Plus, oregano oil cleanses your system so you’ll enjoy better health.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Buy raw apple cider vinegar as it contains malic acid. This chemical compound gives vinegar its sour taste and also acts as a metal detoxifier. Malic acid is well known for its ability to remove aluminum from the human body. [2] Additional health benefits include dissolving kidney stones, relieving gout, lowering blood pressure, and balancing glucose levels.

The easiest way to take raw apple cider vinegar is to mix a cup of water with a tablespoon or two of the vinegar and raw honey.

5. Beets or Beet Juice
Beets, characterized by their deep, dark red color, contain boron. This element helps balance calcium intake and remove metals and other compounds, like fluoride. Beets are also loaded with B vitamins to help sustain energy and encourage cellular health.

One Final Thought

To restore your pineal gland, you first need to eliminate sources of fluoride and cut out junk foods, especially soda. If you don’t change this part of your diet, you won’t gain any ground by eating these five foods. Other foods like cilantro, garlic, lemon juice, and coconut oil may help you detox. It also may be worth considering a full body detox to reduce your body’s acidity and further cleanse metals and toxins.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM


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This is What Happens To The Body When You Eat Pink Himalayan Salt

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This is What Happens To The Body When You Eat Pink Himalayan Salt

 

Imagine everyone sitting down for a big family feast. The best china set gently upon silk cloth, crystals brimming with fresh apple-cinnamon-ginger juice. An array of baked, steamed and sautéed vegetables decorate the table. Suddenly Grandma reaches for the salt, startled she rears back and exclaims, “Why is the salt PINK?!”

Oh Grandma, “Its Himalayan salt, and it’s wonderful!”

Origins

The Himalayan mountain range stretches across Asia passing through China, Nepal, Myanmar, Pakistan, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and India. Most people associate the Himalayans with Mount Everest, the highest peak on this planet, but here is something new to think about- salt.

Once upon a time (a couple of hundreds of millions of years ago) crystallized sea salt beds, now deep within the Himalayans, were covered by lava. Aside from being kept it in a pristine environment that has been surrounded by snow and ice year round, the lava is thought to have protected the salt from modern-day pollution leading to the belief that Himalayan Pink salt is the purest salt to be found on earth. It is now hand-mined from the mountains and brought to the culinary market.

Why Pink?

The many hues of pink, red and white are an indication of this salt’s rich and varying mineral and energy-rich iron content.

Benefits

In the same manner that vitamins and minerals are perfectly packaged in fruits and vegetables, because this salt was formed naturally the minerals within the sodium work in synergy.

(Synergy is the interaction of multiple elements in a system to produce an effect different from or greater than the sum of their individual effects.)

IodineNatural salts are rich in iodine, so it doesn’t need to be artificially added in.

Less sodium consumed per servingHimalayan salt is made of the same components as table salt but since the crystal structure is larger than refined salt, and by volume- this salt therefore has LESS sodium per 1/4 t. serving- because the sea salt crystals or flakes take up less room on a teaspoon than highly refined tiny table salt grains.

Packs a hearty 80+ minerals and elementsHimalayan salts are mineral packed crystals which formed naturally within the earth made up of 85.62% sodium chloride and 14.38% other trace minerals including: sulphate, magnesium, calcium, potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, strontium, and fluoride (in descending order of quantity).

Because of these minerals Himalayan pink salt can:

  • Create an electrolyte balance
  • Increases hydration
  • Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
  • Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
  • Prevent muscle cramping
  • Aid in proper metabolism functioning
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help the intestines absorb nutrients
  • Prevent goiters
  • Improve circulation
  • Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins

It is even said to support libido, reduce the signs of aging, and detoxify the body from heavy metals.

Pink Salt vs. Sea Salt

Even though pink salts come from the mountains, they are technically sea salts as well. All salt comes from a salted body of water—namely, an ocean or salt-water lake. However, Himalayan salt is said to be the purest form of sea salt.

Why Table Salt is Inferior

Commercial refined salt is not only stripped of all its minerals, besides sodium and chloride, but is also chemically cleaned, bleached and heated at unnecessary high temperatures.

In addition, it is treated with anti-caking agents which prevent salt from mixing with water in the salt container. These agents also prevent dissolving within our system leading to build up and then deposit in organs and tissue, causing severe health problems.

Finally, the iodine that is added into salt is usually synthetic which is difficult for your body to process properly. Shockingly under U.S. law, up to 2% of table salt can be additives.

The Many Uses of Pink Salt

Cooking and curinguse pre-ground salt or grinders like any other salt.

Salt Slabsused as serving platters, the slabs will impart an enhanced salt taste and mineral content. Chilled: decorate with fruits, sushi, vegetables or cheese. Frozen: present cold desserts and even sorbets. Heated: use the slabs to sear vegetables, shrimp, fish fillets or thinly sliced beef or even to fry an egg. The dense salt blocks conduct heat beautifully with near perfect heat distribution.

Best of all, Himalayan salt is naturally anti-microbial, so clean up requires just a quick scrub or rinse.

Decorationuse the salts in containers, as décor crystals and sprinkled on food for presentation.

Bathingthrow in the tub for a detoxifying Himalayan salt bath. The replenishing nutrients stimulate circulation and soothe sore muscles. Naturally rich in 80+ nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals, bathing with pink bath salt is a healing and therapeutic experience for mind and body.

Potpourri Holders and Essential Oil Diffusersmany on-line sites sell beautiful home décor featuring the pink salt as crystal rocks.

Air purificationcrystal rock lamps for air purification are also found and sold on-line.

Hopefully now you will not be as shocked as Grandma when you reach for the salt shaker and find pink crystals staring back at you!

If you eat meat, brining should be in your bag of tools. Brining makes meat very juice and succulent! Here’s is an extremely simple recipe for it.

Basic low sodium brine for pork and poultry. (Brine will work for up to 8 lbs. of protein.)

Ingredients

1 gallon water
3 ounces sea salt
3 ounces sugar (optional)
1 Tbsp. citrus zest (lemon, lime or orange – optional)

Instructions

Add the salt, sugar and other aromatics to a pot and bring the water to a simmer until the salt and sugar have dissolved.
Remove the pot from the heat and chill before using the brine.
Let your protein brine for 6 hours.
Drain the protein, and let it rest and air dry in fridge for 2 hours.
Roast, broil or grill as you would!


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