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October 30, 2017

There’s a reason why I add pumpkin seeds to my smoothie every morning. Also known as pepitas, this superfood seed is high in protein and zinc, is naturally anti-inflammatory, and has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural parasite killer.

The lignans in pumpkin seeds are thought to be the active phytonutrient that is responsible for its antimicrobial benefits. Zinc is important for a strong and healthy immune system and is a essential mineral in the wound healing process.

Sprinkle pumpkin seeds generously on top of salads, oatmeal, and smoothies or include them in your favorite trail mix! Pepitas are an easy way to add nutrient density and important minerals to your diet and are generally tolerated well by most except for those with lectin sensitivities. Anyone else roasting pumpkin seeds after pumpkin carving? 

October 30, 2017

I came across this article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) for Internal Medicine and found it too good not to share with you all. It seems that using a sauna does more than just make you sweat.

According to researchers that tracked 2,315 middle-aged Finnish men for 20 years, using a dry sauna 4-7 per week for at least 19 minutes reduced all-cause mortality by 40% https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2130724. Thats 40% less chance of dying from all causes of death, especially cardiovascular related death, the leading cause of mortality worldwide according to the World Health Association (WHO).

If there was a pharmaceutical that could deliver these sort of results, it would be worth trillions of dollars! While the exact mechanisms of this finding are unknown, it comes back to the importance of detoxifying the body on a daily basis. We are constantly exposed to over thousands of synthetic chemicals in our environment. It’s the accumulat...

October 21, 2017

• By age 10, nearly all children have fatty steaks in their arteries. This is the first sign of atherosclerosis, the leading cause of death in the United States and the world.
https://nutritionfacts.org/video/heart-disease-starts-in-childhood/

• Age 3, the youngest person ever to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (insulin resistance). The average age was 54 just 20 years ago...
https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/851127

When will we wake up? When will we say enough is enough and take charge of OUR health? The health of our loved ones? Our children...

We all want what is best for our family, friends, and loved ones, so why not start with whole nourishing foods? Foods that are healing and give us vitality such as diets rich in vegetables and fruits?

The reason why sugar is so hard to cut out for most of us is because refined sugar is literally a drug. It lights up some of the same receptors in the brain that opiate drugs do that cause addiction. And guess what? Food manufacturers kn...

October 21, 2017

We all have heard the amazing health benefits of coconut oil, but did you know it can also be used as an antiseptic MOUTH WASH? Also known as "oil pulling" in Ayurvedic medicine, swishing around coconut oil is an effective oral detoxification procedure that has the potential to heal cavities and bleeding gums, kill bad breath, reduce inflammation, strengthen gums, prevent cavities, AND naturally whiten teeth!

Coconut oil is a saturated fat made up of medium chain triglycerides which are predominantly comprised of caprylic and lauric acid. Caprylic and lauric acid are potent antimicrobials, meaning they naturally kill unwanted bacteria, viruses, and fungi. You can think of these powerful antimicrobials working in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. They literally suck the dirt/toxins out of you mouth and leave a clean antiseptic environment.

Ditch your standard alcohol-based mouth washes which contain synthetic chemicals and kill your beneficial bacteria in your mouth that help c...

October 21, 2017

It goes without saying, "you are what you eat." Once we, as a society, realize that unhealthy bodies are starving for MICROnutrients as opposed to calories and MACROnutrients, we will see a dramatic shift in public health. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients from whole plant-based foods, accompanied with rich sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids, are fundamental for health and wellbeing. Forget carbs, fats, and proteins; calories in and calories out. We are not robots and this is NOT an effective approach to wellness and healthy bodies. Sure, these macronutrients are necessary, but the quality and types of foods you choose really do matter. We are equipped with the sole responsibility to nourish or poison our bodies every time we put something to our mouths.

Break up with wheat and gluten, refined sugar, milk and dairy, and all those processed "edible food-like substances". I can guarantee you that large scale food industries do not give a shit about your health and...

October 21, 2017

We all have heard about vitamins. But what exactly are they? Vitamins are organic chemical compounds that can't be synthesized by our bodies. Since they must be obtained through our diet, they are considered essential. Vitamins (and minerals) are called micronutrients, because they are required in much smaller amounts than carbohydrates, fats, and proteins (macronutrients).

The best way to get all your vitamins (and minerals) is to eat a predominately whole food, plant-based diet that provides a combination of energy and nutrients that's adequate, balanced, moderate, and varied. We've all heard the term "eat the rainbow." A lot of these vibrant colors/pigment we see in fruits and vegetables are these vitamins and phytochemicals that help fight oxidative damage, balance the body, and aid in optimal health. But if you are a strict #vegan, there is one vitamin that you might be missing out on (at least in the amounts required by good health): B12

Vitamin B12 is critical in the normal functi...

October 21, 2017

Having trouble sleeping? Try a handful of goji berries 30-45 minutes before bed. Goji berries are natures highest source of natural melatonin, providing 15 mcg/oz. Raspberries, which contain 3.8 mcg/oz, are a distant second. It is important to note that melatonin, unlike its precursor serotonin, is able to pass the blood brain barrier when ingested.

Melatonin is a hormone that is synthesized and secreted in the pineal gland in the brain that helps regulate our circadian rhythm. Sleeping in complete darkness at night is important in order to stimulate the conversion of serotonin to melatonin in the brain. That's why having night lights on or playing on your phone/computer late at night before bed can interfere with this process.

Our bodies own ability to synthesize melatonin starts in our gut. Tryptophan, an essential amino acid that we must acquire from protein in our diets, is absorbed through the small intestines and converted into 5-HTP. If you have weak digestive enzymes, low acid...

October 21, 2017

Did you know that 2 oz of broccoli sprouts provides the same amount of sulforaphane content as 2.2 lbs of raw broccoli?

Sulforaphane, the active phytochemical in cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, bok choy, brussels sprouts, cauliflower) is a potent anti-cancer compound that's essential for optimal health by protecting us against free radicals and inducing our detoxification enzymes. However, most of these beneficial phytonutrients (and vitamins) are degraded when exposed to heat.

Raw broccoli, for example, doesn't contain any sulforaphane until you start to chew it. Cruciferous vegetables contain glucoraphanin, a precursor to sulforaphane that is enzymatically converted to sulforphane upon mechanical chewing. While sulforaphane itself is resistant to heat, the enzyme, myrosinase, is not.

When we bake, boil, or microwave our veggies, we destroy this important enzyme and therefore are unable to convert that glucoraphanin into sulforaphane. BUT there is a trick! Cut your cruciferous veggies...

October 21, 2017

We constantly live in a toxic and polluted environment. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the plastics and heavy metals we indirectly consume from packaging and the environment, and the cosmetic and aesthetic we apply on a daily basis. While most of this is out of our control, there are several things that YOU can do to ensure that you stay healthy and prevent toxicity buildup in the body.

Get out in nature as often as you can. Nature gives us a sense of calming and grounding as well as an abundance of clean oxygen.

Ditch the tap water. There are so many chemicals, metals, and drug metabolites in our drinking water. Get a good water filter system or drink bottled spring water.

While this post includes the food additives/chemicals that you should avoid when making food selections, by eating a #wholefood, predominately #plantbased diet, you naturally prevent your exposure to these toxic substances. Plant-based foods are also rich in antioxidants, which help our body c...

October 21, 2017

GMOs...also known as genetically modified organisms. This molecular science tool is used to protect crops and increase harvests by altering the DNA of the organism in a way that would not occur naturally.
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While there is concern about GMOs having a cumulative impact on the environment and the introduction of new food allergens from these new protein products, there is no sound evidence that the genetic engineering of these crops has long term health risks...at least yet. What's of bigger concern is all herbicides and pesticides they still spray these crops with, as well as all your other conventional fruits and vegetables, that are of major concern.
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Herbicides such as glyphosate, carbamates, pyrethroids, and sulfonylureas are fat soluble neurotoxins which accumulate in your adipose and brain tissue. If you buy organic, you're not getting nearly the level of exposure to all those herbicides and pesticides. But don't be fooled. Just because you by organic does not mean you completel...

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